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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OPERATION: Bring Art to the People- the Donna Marathon 26.2 Edition

So last year, my 17 year old athletic younger sister told me that she was going to start training for the Donna Marathon in February 2013. At the time, it seemed so far away, but before I knew it, the big day had arrived.

As her big sister, I did what any supportive non-athletic artistic person would do: I made her this awesome poster…

The Dingo Loves The Donna Poster :)

The Dingo Loves The Donna Poster 🙂

As you can see, the Jax Dingo made an appearance, sporting pink, wearing a ribbon, & covered in glitter to show his love and support for breast cancer awareness and my little sister.

So with poster in hand, we made it out the door before the crack of dawn, into the freezing cold temperatures, to witness history in the making. But to our surprise, we hit some pretty massive traffic in Ponte Vedra. The clock was ticking, my sister was getting very impatient and after what seemed an eternity, she yelled as she bolted out of the car, “I didn’t train for months and pay all that money for nothing!” She ran 2 miles just to get to the starting line. She made it just in time.

Then the race had began. As she commenced her 26.2 mile journey, my mom and I hopped a shuttle and proceeded to the 10 mile mark. We anxiously awaited my sister as we cheered on random runners, as we people watched,  as we sang, as we danced, as we jumped up and down to keep ourselves warm, and as we entertained ourselves, then we finally saw her…

Lil' sis at mile 10 :)

Lil’ sis at mile 10 🙂

Usually, a very serious runner, her face lit up when she saw us (and the fabulous poster of course.) We yelled & cheered “WAY TO GO ANGIE!!!” as she flew by. We were so proud, but now we had to wait for her to loop back around so I did what I do best when left to my own vices: I shared some free art 🙂

Shared some art love at Sun Dog Steak & Seafood 207 Atlantic Blvd.

Shared some art love at Sun Dog Steak & Seafood 207 Atlantic Blvd.

Random bench on Atlantic Blvd in Neptune Beach.

Random bench on Atlantic Blvd in Neptune Beach.

Shared some art love at Sun Dog Steak & Seafood.

Shared some art love at Sun Dog Steak & Seafood.

Then, it was back to the race and guess who we saw at mile 17 looking as fabulous as ever? 🙂

My lil' sis at mile 17.

My lil’ sis at mile 17.

That’s right, my little sister shining as bright as the sun! Now it was time to make our way to the finish line so we hopped on another shuttle and made our way.

My lil' sis crossing the finish line of her first marathon!

My lil’ sis crossing the finish line of her first marathon!

We couldn’t of been more proud of her as she crossed the finish line with a time of 04:29:31. Such a huge accomplishment for such a young person. It really shows that if you set a goal and work hard, you can accomplish almost anything! Or at the very least, get an awesome Dingo Love poster made in your honor 😉

GO ANGIE! YOU ROCK!

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OPERATION: Bring Art to the People- My Birthday Edition & More…

February 1st, 2013, was my birthday and it also happened to be Free Art Friday (woo hoo!) So I celebrated this momentous occasion with some very special Art Drops.

My day started at Metro Diner in historic San Marco where I got treated to the most decadent biscuits and gravy this side of the Mississippi and I tried a new dish called the JAX Hash which was just as equally yummy. As a thank you for my amazing breakfast dining experience, I shared some Free Art Love :)

My day started at Metro Diner in historic San Marco where I got treated to the most decadent biscuits and gravy this side of the Mississippi and I tried a new dish called the JAX Hash which was just as equally yummy. As a thank you for my amazing breakfast dining experience, I shared some Free Art Love in the form of my 2013 YCL Art Childhood Series Calendar 🙂

Next, I saw a great opportunity to leave one of my favorite pieces called "Bath-time" a 30"x40" acrylic on canvas painting by this beautiful statue of a sailor located on the Southbank of the Riverwalk by the Strand.

Next, I saw a great opportunity to leave one of my favorite pieces called “Bath-time” a 30″x40″ acrylic on canvas painting by this beautiful statue of a sailor located on the Southbank of the Riverwalk by the Strand.

This Birthday Art Drop happened on the Southbank Riverwalk by the Main St. Bridge

And finally, the day would not be complete if I didn’t share some Dingo Loves Jax love in the form of this 2013 Calendar. This drop was also done on the Southbank Riverwalk.

But that’s not all. In case you missed all the free art love that got shared during the month of January, be sure to take a look at the gallery below and if you feel inclined to help support this effort to Bring Art to the People, be sure to click the Donate button to the top right of your screen.

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Savannah, GA Meets Operation: Bring Art to the People

So, while on a spontaneous road trip to Savannah, GA yesterday, I decided that some unsuspecting people should be on the receiving end of some free art love with 2013 YCL Art Childhood Series Calendars. From an outlet mall off 95N to the streets of historic Savannah, GA and back to the Florida Visitor Center off 95S, art love was shared one calendar at a time. That’s 12 months of free art love in every single art drop. Not too shabby.

Sharing the love of art…it’s how I roll 🙂

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