One Spark

Best of 2013

Bostwick Building Saved The owners of the Bostwick building were met with a precedent-setting decision when they were not permitted to demolish one of the most historic buildings in Jacksonville, located at the base of the Main Street Bridge downtown. Maybe what’s left of Downtown’s history still has a viable chance for revival. Brooklyn Construction Projects After a decade of failed promises, the redevelopment of Jacksonville’s Brooklyn is in overdrive. Roughly $100 million in construction is underway in the form of 220 Riverside, Unity Plaza, The Brooklyn Riverside, Shoppes on Riverside, and the Winston Family YMCA. In less than one …

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The Art of Living Well in Jacksonville

by KRISTI LEE SCHATZ, M.A. Every day we hear about the latest and greatest secret for life success, from the newest self-help book, to the gimmicky sales pitch for the next quick fix. We all want to live peacefully, but if it were that easy, wouldn’t we all be doing it? The truth is that life is a unique art form. It takes time and regular practice to master your craft. Learning acceptance, patience, trust, surrender, and willpower can help you live more fully, but those qualities aren’t developed overnight. The art of living well requires you to consciously take …

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Creator Registration Opens for One Spark 2014

Creator registration kicked off for One Spark 2014 on Sunday, December 1, 2013 with 75 creator projects registered in the first 48 hours, a 142% increase over the same time period last year. One Spark’s website also saw a 438% increase in traffic compared to the same time period last year. One Spark 2014 is on pace to attract well over 500 projects seeking resources to make their ideas a reality from around the world. Creator registration for One Spark 2014 began December 1, 2013 and ends January 31, 2014. Interested creators can get more information and register at www.BeOneSpark.com. …

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Connecting Currents

by CONNOR HICKEY On October 26th Jacksonville will proudly play host to its second annual TEDx event. Organized last year as TEDxRiversideAvondale, this year’s initiative is known as TEDxJacksonville: Connecting Currents. It will take place in the WJCT Studios soundstage and gallery spaces. Founded in 1984 and based in California, TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) is a nonprofit organization devoted to “Ideas Worth Spreading.” The organization has continued to expand globally to encompass a multitude of endeavors, such as the renowned TED Conferences: TED Women 2013 (San Francisco) and TED Active 2014 (Whistler, British Columbia). In 2014, TED Global will be …

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Join the Revolution

by ERIN THURSBY In 2011, three friends gathered in a coffee shop and began to talk about the problem of connecting amazing creators and their ideas with the resources to execute those ideas. From that conversation, Elton Rivas, Dennis Eusbio and Varick Rosete began to think about a way to solve that problem. This past April a festival was born: One Spark. The most innovative solution already in practice was crowdfunding, wherein a project or venture is funded by raising small amounts of money from a large number of people, typically via the internet. But getting people excited and making …

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Jaguars vs. Chiefs Recap

by Richard David Smith III “Meet the #Jaguars, same as the old Jaguars,” tweeted Jacksonville’s Abel Harding, playing upon the famous lyrics by The Who. That pretty much summed it up, as the 2013 regular season game one Jaguars looked very similar to last year’s edition. At times, you’d even swear that you could still see Mike Mularkey lurking on the sideline. The numbers were ugly, so I’ll spare you the statistical details and, honestly, those disturbing images probably wouldn’t be suitable for some readers. The final score of the contest was Kansas City 28, Jacksonville 2 (yes, two). The …

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Discovery House

by KELLIE ABRAHAMSON When it comes to kids, we live in a very hands-off world. At stores, museums and sometimes even in our own backyards, we encourage them to “look, but don’t touch.” At Jacksonville’s new play studio, Discovery House, children are given the chance to explore using all of their senses–even touch! Discovery House is the brainchild of mother-daughter team Patti and Amanda Moody. Between them, the duo has over 40 years of experience working with children of all ages in various settings, making them the perfect pair to head-up the ambitious project. We got our first peek at …

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ART at large

by HEATHER LOVEJOY “The wall screams out for a mural,” says chef and co-owner Jeff Stanford of The Salty Fig in Riverside, “It’s a glaring, blank space. People obviously want to see something filling it, because we’ve had to paint over a lot of graffiti. I don’t know how many times.” So graffiti tags are out — hopefully for good — and a commissioned mural is in. Artist Shaun Thurston, 33, was recruited for the job, and was outside making his first marks at the corner of College and King streets in mid-June. Throughout July, he will brave the summer heat to create an …

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Downtown Residents

Downtown Jacksonville has often gotten a bum rap from the city’s residents. Lifelong locals lovingly–or not so lovingly–refer to their city as a “fake city” or a “pseudo-city” since the majority of the population has grown up on the outskirts of Downtown-proper, only venturing to the city’s center for the occasional field trip to MOSH or a jaunt to The Landing. Until a few years ago, the skyline was the only city-like feature downtown Jax possessed. Finally, however, that impression is beginning to change. Local business owners, investors, and artists have begun slowly transforming Downtown into a lively place to …

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Art in Public Places

by Katie Gile Upon the once-barren exteriors of seemingly forsaken buildings and unassuming stretches of fence around Jacksonville, bursts of color have begun to appear like the first buds of spring with one vivid message in common: the artistic presence highlighted during One Spark is here to stay. From Shaun Thurston’s multi-colored mural along Lomax Street to Doug Eng’s photography installation over the boarded windows along Laura Street, art in unexpected places brings energy to its surroundings. “Taking a public place and giving it a feel really attracts people,” says Katherine Hardwick, director of marketing for Downtown Vision, Inc. “When …

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