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Preparing Business & Nonprofits for HB7

The new HB7 law went into effect July 1st and has placed restrictions on how businesses and nonprofits can discuss topics like race, racism, and privilege in their organizations. This is having a chilling effect on diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts, so we want to make sure companies and organizations know how to have effective trainings while remaining in legal compliance. We are hosting two virtual trainings with a labor attorney and training expert to provide guidance and answer any questions people may have:

Monday, July 18 - Online at 10:00 am

Wednesday, July 20 - Online at 9:00 am

For more information or to register for one of the events, please click the button below.

This training is $50 - don’t miss out!

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The Intersection of Art & Race

904WARD is partnering with Moving the Margins, an Artist-in-Residence program that provides the exhibition space and an equitable perspective for artists to pursue collaborative, large-scale art installations. We invite you to come view the current exhibition, Shelter in Place, by artist Erin Kendrick, at 5:30 pm on Tuesday, July 19 at the Corner Gallery in the Jessie. Immediately following at 6:30 pm, we will host a Race Cards conversation in the second floor Lecture Hall. We hope you can join us for this exciting event!

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Writing Contest Extended to July 21st

We're inviting writers, poets and spoken word artists to create new work that shares their own ideas, vision and expression of Jacksonville through reflection on its last 200 years, imagining its next 100 years or a combination of the two. All winners will be announced at the public celebration event on August 12 and invited to read/perform their work live. The deadline to submit your entries has been extended to Thursday, July 21st at Midnight. Adult and youth submissions accepted!

Submit Entries Here

Naming Our Little Free Diverse Libraries

We want to make sure all of our communities have access to diverse stories and experiences, so we will be installing 20 Little Free Diverse Libraries across the Jacksonville community. And we need your help! We are getting ready to install our first five libraries, which we will be naming after BIPOC authors. Please click on the link below to vote the five BIPOC authors after whom these locations should be named.

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