Art & Conversations: Screening Room, Wild Florida

Thursday, September 2, 2021


Jacksonville Public Library + MOCA present Art & Conversations, a series of innovative programs focused on literacy and the arts. In this series, the Jacksonville Public Library and MOCA collaborate to provide the community access to a rich set of resources by partnering an educational library program with a museum exhibition.

This series of programs centers around MOCA’s current exhibition, Structure of Nature | Nature of Structure by Jacksonville artist Doug Eng. His art and advocacy highlight the need to preserve our endangered wetlands and forests in Northeast Florida.


Art & Conversations: Screening Room, Thursday, September 23, 7:00 pm – 8:45 pm at the MOCA Theater. 

Register HERE

  • We present the documentary “Wild Florida” from PBS’ Nature followed by a discussion about the themes of the film which explores the future of Florida’s ecosystems. This Screening Room will be the first in-person Art & Conversations program and will take place in MOCA’s theater in downtown Jacksonville. Free street parking is available after 6:00 PM. See you there!


Snake in the Grass: An Everglades Invasion by Larry Perez, an Everglades naturalist describes how the presence of invasive Burmese python in the Florida Everglades provides new opportunities to revisit our understanding of wilderness

Land of Sunshine, State of Dreams: A Social History of Modern Florida by Gary Mormino is an expansive history of how and why millions have come to Florida and created a megastate of constant social, cultural, and economic change.

An Environmental History of Northeast Florida by James J. Miller describes how natural features transformed and how cultural traditions of native people, as well as Spanish, English, and American colonists, developed in response to opportunities and constraints in the environment.


The Florida Keys: Tropical Paradise Parks on Kanopy explores some of Florida’s most beautiful state parks including John Pennekamp State Park, Bahia Honda State Park, Curry Hammock State Park, and the San Pedro Underwater Archaeological Preserve State Park.

Oceans on Kanopy shows how a community of scientists and fisherman can help restore our threatened oceans. Several locations are highlighted including the Florida Keys.

*Kanopy is a film streaming service available for free through the Jacksonville Public Library


Structure of Nature | Nature of Structure by Doug Eng at MOCA (Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville)

  • This retrospective of the work of Jacksonville artist Doug Eng, highlights the need to preserve our endangered wetlands and forests in Northeast Florida, drawing parallels with our search for a common identity as human beings. The exhibition closes January 2, 2022
  • Perks for library card-holders at MOCA include:
  • Free access to MOCA's galleries during the Art & Conversations Series on the final Friday of each month with your library card.
  • $10 off MOCA's family level membership with your library card.

Art & Conversations: Lit Chat with Leslie Kemp Poole - Online, September 30, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Register HERE

  • Historian and author Leslie Kemp Poole will discuss her research on Florida women's roles in the state's environmental movement.

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