One Spark meets #IMJAX

So, there’s this little event coming to Jacksonville known as One Spark. Chances are you might of heard about it, and if you haven’t then you may want to consider moving out of your cave because you might just miss out on one of the biggest things to hit Jacksonville. In a nutshell, it’s a festival that invites and encourages entrepreneurs, creators, and innovators alike to showcase their ideas to the masses to connect with a $250,000 crowd-fund plus additional capital investments and individual contributions in the hopes of making their ideas become realities.

And just so you all know, I am officially a One Spark Creator and will be showcasing my idea at the Hemming Plaza Skyway Station. You may be asking yourself, “What is your idea, Yvonne?” In which, I will graciously respond to you, “That is a fantastic question, and thank you for asking. As an extension of my Operation: Bring Art to the People project, without further ado, I present to you: #IMJAX.”

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#IMJAX is a public/social art project that focuses on & celebrates the people who make up Jacksonville. Everyone who lives in northeast Florida can say with confidence “I Am Jacksonville.”

As everyone knows, it’s everyday people who make up a great city and this is an opportunity to highlight those people. My project will entail photographing people throughout our region, taking those photos & transforming them into life size silhouettes, those silhouettes will then be mounted throughout the walls of downtown. Each silhouette figure will have a QR code that when scanned, takes you to a small bio for that specific person. We often complain about how vacant and lonely our downtown is after 5 pm & on weekends, but picture hundreds of these silhouettes covering the walls of various downtown businesses and even throughout the abandoned buildings. With the figures in place, it will give the feel of a busy bustling downtown. In essence, it’ll be a precursor of what our downtown will begin to look like as we continue to grow. With hundreds to thousands of people from all walks of life directly connected to this project, the word of mouth buzz will be infectious, the excitement of seeing yourself in a piece of public art will drive people to bring themselves, friends & family to our urban core. It will re-engage that feeling of pride we had as children when we got to be part of something bigger than us.This project can also be extended to include these figures scattered randomly throughout the city that when scanned, they give an informative glimpse into the full scale project housed in our downtown along with that particular figure’s bio. This project can also incorporate a large scale interactive mural in the center of downtown that will elaborate and give a more in depth illustration of the vision behind the project. It will encourage people from all walks of life to participate, along with local heroes, public officials, and even our beloved pets. Due to the nature of the figures being faceless with little identifying characteristics, it’ll help to spread the message loud and clear that we are ALL important and vital to our city and that individually we can say with confidence: I M JAX 🙂

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#ILOVEJAX … Part 2

As many of you already know: I love Jacksonville! I spend much time and energy promoting our fabulous city (for free I might add) through my website, facebook, instagram, face to face interactions with everyday folks and I even make art about our fabulous city too (check out the Dingo Loves Jax series). It seems that a while ago, Jacksonville had some pretty major problems and has since been marked by many of it’s locals as a horrible & dangerous city lacking in any arts & culture and with nothing to do. Which is so far from the truth!

I will agree, we still have several issues that need to be addressed such as: the increased violence, murders, and drug crimes that run rampant in many parts of our city making us one of the worst in the state; the ongoing issue between the need for separation between church and state at our city council level; and then there is the desperate need for better & safer pedestrian/cycling infrastructure throughout our city. This is just to name a few.

But I digress, it’s important that as a community we continue to voice our opinions and concerns, while still embracing and celebrating and not forgetting all that is awesome and good about our city. Here are just some of my latest adventures for you to continue to live vicariously through or get up and get in on the fun:

JAX 2025 is a community owned and driven initiative to envision and develop Jacksonville into the city it wants to be by 2025. Anyone can join in the conversations and meetings so be sure to check out their website, just click the the pic. I’ve been to two of their meetings already and the flow of ideas is wonderful. Definitely get in on this or pass along to a friend.

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On January 31st, One Spark held their 2nd town hall meeting at the Florida Theatrer It was so exciting to hear all the great and wonderful creative spirits that live and breathe right here in our very own city. If you don't know what One Spark is, click the link above to get in the know and get involved.

On January 31st, One Spark held their 2nd town hall meeting at the Florida Theater It was so exciting to hear all the great and wonderful creative spirits that live and breathe right here in our very own city. If you don’t know what One Spark is, click the pic above to get in the know and get involved.

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My friend and one of Jacksonville's most prolific artists, Mr. Overstreet Ducasse, did a wonderful One on One artist talk at the Ritz Museum on Jan 22nd. It's always great to hear what goes on inside the mind of an artist. To see and learn more about Overstreet, click the pic and visit his facebook page.

My friend and one of Jacksonville’s most prolific artists, Mr. Overstreet Ducasse, did a wonderful One on One artist talk at the Ritz Museum on Jan 22nd. It’s always great to hear what goes on inside the mind of an artist. To see and learn more about Overstreet, click the pic and visit his facebook page.

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Photo Jax 2013 was a 4 day event (Jan 24-27) spread across 5 venues, celebrating everything that is photography. Part of the event, which is my favorite, was the Instagram Community Response Projection (#PhotoJAX500) which allows everyday Instagram addicts like myself to showcase our goods. I had about 5 of my images selected and projected in front of MoCA during the event along with 495 other lucky participants that got selected. Pictured above, is none other than Gambit (aka the Jacksonville Dingo). Click the pic to find out more about PHOTOJAX :)

Photo Jax 2013 was a 4 day event (Jan 24-27) spread across 5 venues, celebrating everything that is photography. Part of the event, which is my favorite, was the Instagram Community Response Projection (#PhotoJAX500) which allows everyday Instagram addicts like myself to showcase our goods. I had about 5 of my images selected and projected in front of MoCA during the event along with 495 other lucky photos that got selected. Pictured above, is none other than the Jax Dingo (aka Gambit). Click the pic to find out more about PHOTOJAX 🙂

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Earlier in January, a very famous local dingo (aka Gambit) was spotted at the Jacksonville Arboretum and Gardens. This is one of Jacksonville's best kept little secrets. With a beautiful lake right smack in the middle of it and tons of beautiful trails all around, and as an added bonus it's totally dog friendly. Absolutely worth checking out. Click the pic for their website.

Earlier in January, a very famous local dingo (aka Gambit) was spotted at the Jacksonville Arboretum and Gardens. This is one of Jacksonville’s best kept little secrets. It has a beautiful lake right smack in the middle of it, tons of beautiful trails all around, and as an added bonus it’s totally dog friendly, too. You  absolutely want to check it out. Click the pic for their website.

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A few weeks ago I visited Big Talbot Island and got lost in the beauty that is Boneyard Beach. Not only are there hiking & bike trails around the area but this beach is an absolute gem! Definitely worth the drive, hike, and climb to get to it. Click the pic for a link to their website.

Then there is Big Talbot Island. I got lost in the beauty that is Boneyard Beach. Not only are there hiking & bike trails around the area but this beach is an absolute gem! Definitely worth the drive, hike, and climb to get to it. Click the pic for a link to their website.

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And last but not least, Jacksonville's spectacular sunsets! This one was caught on A1A near Hannah Park.

And last but not least, Jacksonville’s spectacular sunsets! This one was caught on A1A near Hannah Park.

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Not included but also part of my latest adventures in Jacksonville include but are not limited to Hanna Park, a Jacksonville Giants basketball game (which btw is a WINNING team 22-1), & a trip to The Museum of Science & History.

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