One Spark

One Spark Creator-#ProjectAtrium

, the artist who has been transforming walls all over Jacksonville, has taken over the Museum of Contemporary Art’s Haskell Atrium Gallery for his latest work, Project Atrium: One Spark. For several weeks, MOCA hinted at the identity of the “Mystery Artist” who has entered his work in the One Spark crowdfunding festival April 9-13. Thurston officially started painting in the Haskell Atrium Gallery on March 19. Unlike other Project Atrium exhibitions, Thurston is working behind a giant curtain to keep the artwork cloaked in secrecy until its big reveal at 7:45 pm April 9. For the inaugural One Spark …

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One Spark is back! April 9-13, 2014

Creativity and inspiration are the fuel of One Spark. The concept of assisting creative individuals and organizations in Jacksonville with seed money came together last year and showcased over 400 contributors to more than 100,000 attendees. One Spark is a crowdfunding festival that brings many facets of the community to downtown Jacksonville and has gathered worldwide recognition–so much so that another chapter is opening up in Berlin. One Spark 2014 has also been selected for A&E’s Project Startup. This year, One Spark has 632 registered and placed creator projects to showcase at One Spark 2014, a 56-percent increase over One …

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Millentrepreneurs of #Duval

Kicked into existence in 1979, I was born on the tail-end of what is commonly referred to as Generation X. My generation was the offspring of the often tarred-and-feathered Baby Boomers, and we’re usually thought of as the aimless kids who brought you plaid, grunge music, and web design. We were the meandering daydreamers who were too busy cranking The Pixies CDs, quoting Tarantino films, or saying “amen” to Janeane Garofalo to be caught up in material matters. If the clichés are to be believed, we were disenfranchised by broken Reaganomics and jaded from watching happiness elude our fiscally responsible …

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George’s Music Springing The Blues

Ready for a weekend of sun, sun and great music? All for free! The  is April 4-6 at the . In 1990,  and a handful of friends held the first Springing the Blues Festival in a small pergola near the old Jacksonville Beach Flag Pavilion. The event featured six acts and lasted one day. Twenty-four years later, Springing the Blues Festival is one of the most highly anticipated music events in Florida. Held at the beautiful Seawalk Pavilion, today Springing the Blues features three days of performances by national, regional and local blues artists and attracts more than 150,000 fans …

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eating at one spark

ONE SPARK FOOD VILLAGE This year, the One Spark Food Village will be a hotspot with food options, seating, and entertainment. All this creative energy will get you hungry, so the  will be on hand to nourish your day and delight your palates. Gourmet food from, , , , and will be available. Food trucks will also be on hand for more casual food. Other food vendors in the dining district include these delicious options: , , , ,  Food Truck, , , , , and . Food vendors will span two blocks of Laura Street between Adams Street and …

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drinking at one spark

The , presented by, is one of the many new additions to One Spark 2014. The One Spark Beer Village is located on the corner of Adams and Main Street, offering One Spark attendees a cool place to hang out, enjoy specialty craft brews, fun Sea Best® eats, and great live entertainment. This village will also feature musical performances by One Spark creators, serving up live music throughout the event. The Beer Village is open Wednesday-Friday from 4-10 pm, Saturday from 11 am-10 pm and Sunday from 11 am-5 pm. One Spark After Dark Lot is located at the  at …

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One Spark Returns

Last year’s  festival was rife with innovative ideas, incredible local talent and nearly transformational excitement for Jacksonville culture. One Spark was founded in 2011 to connect ideas with resources and has managed to make the concept of crowdfunding into a fun and important event that gives festival-goers the opportunity to profoundly craft their community. We spoke with , One Spark’s Executive Director, about this year’s events–and he left us well beyond excited. Though it was certainly a success, Sampson says they learned from the inaugural fest. Based on feedback from last year’s attendees, creators, venues and volunteers “we condensed the …

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Unity Plaza Update: March 2014

Jacksonville , Inc. is an under-construction, not-for-profit, urban park, participating in crowd-funding at  to bring this outdoor gathering and entertainment venue to our urban core. The utmost of site amenities and 365 days of electrifying and exciting events with expert managers will maximize the visitor experience. Unity Plaza at 220 Riverside opens in November 2014. Stay tuned for major grand opening festivity announcements. Originally inspired by our community’s desire for programmed, fun, open-air spaces and the acknowledgement of the need for a centralized park in the , Unity Plaza was envisioned in 2005 by long-time Jacksonville advocates  and  and executed …

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Northeast Florida Festivals: Spring 2014

February 27-March 9  There will be a Strawberry Queen, a midway, and diverse live entertainment (rockers from and violinist  show the range of that diversity). Plant City, flstrawberryfestival.com February 28-March 2   Includes a midway of rides, food, entertainment and more for the whole family. Adults are $5; children 11-17 and adults 65+ are $3; children under 10 and active duty military are free. In St. Augustine, on the Beautiful Prince of Peace Grounds, off San Marco Avenue, near the Giant Cross. 101 San Marco Avenue, St. Augustine, thecathedralfestival.com March 1  Celebrate 140 years of light at the St. Augustine Lighthouse. …

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