Artist Rosemarie Adcock's passion is helping others. She founded the charity Arts for Relief and Missions after an international touring exhibition of her paintings of Russian refugees in the 1990s raised $1.25 million in donations for Russian orphans.
ARM is a charitable organization that incorporates the use of arts and music for evangelism locally and abroad. The organization provides humanitarian relief and has aided projects such as Home For Every Orphan and Russian Ministries.
In order to generate extra funding, the Chapel Gallery Project was started as the for-profit sector of ARM. The gallery contains a variety of paintings produced by Adcock. The proceeds from Adcock's paintings support the work of ARM.
"If we're out collecting donations, I'm not painting," Adcock said.
The Chapel Gallery Project entered One Spark hoping to receive funding to allow Adcock to continue her paintings and establish their very own gallery to display the work. A portion of the profits from the gallery would in turn go to serving the needs of orphans, disadvantaged widows, at-risk children and more.
Hatchware, the new digital menu application created by We Are Charette, a web design firm based in St. Augustine, allows restaurants to easily update their online menus.
Through Hatchware, customers can place a to-go food order without calling. The new application also allows customers to interact with the restaurant. If you're a fan of a certain item on the menu, with Hatchware, you can share it on Facebook, Twitter and other social media websites.
The menus are always available because they are backed up by reliable cloud hosting. If restaurant owners need to change their menus or add new specials, they can do so via laptop, tablet or smartphone with Wi-Fi.
Two businesses in St. Augustine already utilize Hatchware's digital menu, The Kookaburra coffee shop and Smoothie Fresh.
For more information about Hatchware, visit the website or the company's Twitter page.
Most people in Northeast Florida know the name Al Letson. A poet, playwright performer, host of NPR’s “State of the Re:Union” and local celebrity, Letson’s seizing the One Spark opportunity to garner support of The Wall. Also known as entry #491, The Wall is a large-scale, multi-tablet installation aimed at encouraging people to participate, share, create and explore media in a public space.
“This experience has been a bit overwhelming, but I just love the energy that’s around,” admits Bret Lawrence, co-creator of The Wall. “We’ve met a lot of people interested in collaborating with us.”
The Wall is located adjacent to MOCA’s lobby. The display features flat screen TV’s with a video of Letson explaining the project running on a loop. Entry #491 hopes to gather support from One Spark revelers to reach their initial financial goal of $40,000.
Easily the most colorful One Spark entry, Elestial Sound’s mobile stage is located on the outskirts of Hemming Plaza. A structure completely covered in various knit afghans, the stage has proven a main attraction by featuring musical acts like The Dewars, Lady Dug and Levek.
“We had no idea what we were getting into,” admits Davis Hart, co-founder of Elestial Sound, a Gainesville-based record label focused on creativity and sustainability. “We didn’t start preparing for this until two weeks ago.”
The record label's mission is to garner support to purchase and renovate new headquarters to be located in Gainesville. The company’s colorful afghan stage is an extension of the independent record label and has previously traveled to events like SXSW.
A Fernandina Beach-based filmmaker and educator, David Montgomery is hoping to drum up support of his One Spark entry, “Propagating.”
“This experience has given me a lot of confidence,” Montgomery admits from his post at the Museum of Contemporary Art’s lobby. “I’ve connected with a few people who have genuine interest in what I’m doing.”
Montgomery’s entry explores the iteration of Internet technology, media landscapes and the filming of patterns occurring in nature. It also expands on a previous work by Montgomery titled “Dandelion Free Culture,” a series of experimental animated loops focused on the structure of the dandelion.
Local artist Scott Morphew drew a picture of the Virgin Mary kissing Jesus as a baby titled "The Kiss of Life" Feb. 6, 2012. The next day a mirror image of Jessica Cooksey Paulraj kissing her son, Adam, and the story of his rare syndrome were published in The Florida Times-Union.
Jacksonville native Jessica Cooksey Paulraj and her husband, Raja Paulraj, were working as missionaries in a hospital in India when they first met Adam. He was born with Bartsocas-Papas, a rare syndrome that left him with extreme deformities. At birth, Adam had no eyelids or fingers, his legs were webbed together, and his mouth and nose were underdeveloped. The Paulrajs adopted Adam and brought him back to the United States.
Morphew, touched by the resemblance of Jessica and Adam to his drawing and the child's story, entered his drawing to One Spark. He hopes to raise money for the mass production and sale of "The Kiss of Life." Every dollar Morphew receives from sales will be sent to Jessica and Raja Paulraj for their son's medical expenses.
Manning the One Spark booth is Adam's grandmother, Teresa Cooksey. Armed with flyers, she's rallying for votes to help her daughter and son-in-law finance the surgeries Adam needs to grow up comfortably.
“Rat Queen” is the brainchild of Jenny K. Hager, Creator #423. And if you’ve visited the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville during One Spark, then you’re sure to recognize this large-scale rodent installation. Hager’s sculptural series is inspired by the twelve Chinese Zodiac animals – this according to the sign posted next to “Rat Queen” in MOCA’s lobby.
“This sculpture is inspired by a dream where rats are hanging by their teeth from the bottom seam of my gown. If selected for One Spark, the plan is to create the remaining animals in Chinese Zodiac and use them in a parade/performance in Jacksonville (possibly traveling to other locations).”
Hager’s Twitter handle is #ratqueenhager
Wren Lanier said the key to building a successful business is to just be yourself. The web designer from Richmond, Va., spoke to those in attendance of her One Spark speech "You Won't Change the World by Biting Your Tongue" about the importance of personal authenticity when building a business.
Lanier broke down the criteria for building authenticity into five parts: Honesty, making tough choices, bringing your best self, being your own inspiration and taking action.
Being honest with yourself and others, especially co-workers and bosses, was one of the main points Lanier stressed. She told the crowd that living in fear of what others think of you is not conducive to personal growth. The best thing to do is to just put it all out there.
"You've got to bring yourself," Lanier said. "The more you share yourself, you are less likely to shock people."
She also introduced the concept of Self-regulation, which to Lanier means bringing your best self. It's important to be honest with others and but it's also imperative to a business to have self-awareness, she said. Be aware of your strengths and weaknesses but focus on making your strengths stand out.
Lanier told those in attendance to be their own inspiration: Looking at someone else's creativity and judging yourself on it is unhealthy.
"You're never going to achieve brilliance by following someone else's star," Lanier said.
The last point Lanier left the crowd at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts with: Take action. If you don't like the way something is, change it. And if something doesn't exist yet, create it.
"Talk is cheap and talk is easy," Lanier said. "You bring to the world what you want to expect."
Easily the most entertaining speaker from the April 18 roster, Martin Atkins warned the crowd before things really got started.
“If my language offends you, get out of this world. Actually, find another planet,” he said. And so it began to rain f-bombs.
Atkins talk, titled “Welcome to the Music Business. You’re F*CKED!” aimed to help struggling musicians tour smarter, be wise about their social media usage, and formulate a strategy. These, Atkins said, would help you get through this “swirling pile of shit.”
With more than 30 years in the music business, Atkins was a member of bands Public Image Ltd. and Killing Joke and owns Invisible Records and Mattress Factory Recording Studios. He’s also the author of “Tour:Smart” and teaches at Madison Media Institute.
These days, Atkins spends a majority of his time traveling the world and giving talks about the music industry.
“Strategy number one is have a strategy,” he told the 40 or so audience members gathered for the One Spark Speaker Series. “Strategy number two is get the fuck out of bed.”
Throughout Atkins’ talk, he went through different strategy methods. They weren’t in any kind of special order or even numbered appropriately, but the message was easily understood. You are the master of your own destiny. That and don’t tour the west side of the country.
A map of the United States popped up on the projector. “I drew a line from Minneapolis to Dallas,” Atkins said. “Did you know that out of the 100 most populated cities in America only 15 of them are west of that line. Just stay east of that line. Don’t go over that fucking line.”
Another great tidbit offered by Atkins was “free is the new black!” While musicians hold onto their music with tight fists – not wanting it pirated on the Internet – Atkins advised that you give it away for …
Leslie Jensen-Inman began her One Spark Speaker Series talk reminiscing about the day she quit her job as a university-level professor. “I decided to declare my intention,” she said addressing the Thursday afternoon crowd. “I was headed for change. I was going from good to great.”
A self-professed “Jack of all trades,” Jensen-Inman is a designer, speaker, author and educator. She is co-founder of Center Centre, where she works to improve the state of design education, as well as creative director and co-author of “InterACT with Web Standards: A holistic approach to web design.”
Jensen-Inman’s talk, titled “Jack of All Trades, a Master of Unicorns,” focused on how to create your own personal “Map for Awesomeness.” This is done, according to Jensen-Inman, by embracing your passion, defining your purpose, fostering your promise and engaging your pursuit.
After quitting her teaching post – just shy of receiving tenure – Jensen-Inman teamed up with friend Jared Spool, an expert on subjects like usability and software design. Together, the duo is currently working to create a new learning environment that examines the professional workplace versus a university setting.
“What we’ve learned is that companies are looking for generalists. They’re looking for Jack of all trades,” Jensen-Inman admitted. “We are creating a learning environment that meets the needs of both students and industry.”
When Jensen-Inman was a four-year-old, she told the crowd, she would dress-up in Wonder Woman Underoos and traipse around the neighborhood. “I always wanted to go to superhero school until I learned the harsh reality that it didn’t exist,” she remembered.
Although superhero school only exists in the movies, Jensen-Inman has set out to “live a life filled with awesomeness.” “We only need to be the very best …