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January - March 2014     VOLUME 18 ISSUE 1
 
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Quest for the Fountain of Youth and Florida’s History, Mythology and Art

Stephanie Haimes

In 2013, Florida reached a significant milestone unlike any other in the history of the United States—the 500th anniversary of the time that began when Juan Ponce de León and his crew walked ashore on Florida's east coast and named it La Florida. To celebrate the Quincentennial of the arrival Ponce de León and the beginning of the European settlement of the region, the Gainesville Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs and the Doris Bardon Community Cultural Center hosted The Quest for the Fountain of Youth in Florida History, Mythology and Art, an art exhibit organized by oconnorartLLC, curated by Dr. Mallory O’Connor and jointly hosted by the Thomas Center Galleries and the Doris Bardon Community Cultural Center. The joint exhibitions were on display from March through June, 2103, in Gainesville.

The exhibition and related programs are funded by a grant from the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture and are managed by oconnorartLLC, a Gainesville-based art consulting business.