Tag Archives: Spark District

Spark the Arts: Jax Kids’ Mural Festival

BY NICOLE HOLDERBAUM The longer I live here, the more I fall in love with Jacksonville. I have been pursuing my career as an artist here for about 3 years now and I have found nothing but support and love from my community. Naturally, I wanted to be a part of anything that would further my career and, above all else, benefit the community. When I found out about the , I knew I had to be a part of it. I became a One Spark creator in 2015, and although I was unsuccessful in winning, it lead to many …

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Downtown Sculpture Walk

Jacksonville has opened the door to a new venue for sculpture.  in downtown Jacksonville explodes with 13 sculptures to walk through, share, and enjoy starting this September 12th. Thousands of people will have the opportunity to experience a nexus of fascinating and alluring pieces of sculpture vetted for , a project led by internationally recognized sculptor , Associate Professor of Sculpture at  and their Exhibition Curator. “The Sculpture Walk Jax streetscape exhibition showcases how the energy of sculpture can transform the way people look at this  site, our city and our community–it gives us energy from all points,” Hager says. …

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Cultural Council has new leadership – Tony Allegretti

A new leader has taken over the reins of , circled round his staff, and forged a collaborative path for its future.  has a vision, and he wants you to come along and be part of it.  Born in , with stops in Venice, Gulf Breeze, Florida, along the way, Allegretti has long been moving in the spheres of marketing, advocacy and art. Starting out in criminology at FSU, he began to sell ATMs in the Panhandle.Allegretti found himself at home selling and packaging ideas. He dabbled in the trade shows and set up ATM displays out of Fort Walton. …

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Mystery in the Mouth: Sarah Crooks Flaire’s The Oyster & I

Recognized for years as someone who cares about our river, its tributaries, estuaries, and canals, nationally known artist and Jacksonville resident  developed a fantastic magical mystery tour to bring about awareness of our most precious resource, the . She was awarded a major grant by  and the  for the community-based, complex, and fun event. A creative force and long-time pre- artist, her’s was the first at the corner of Rosselle and King streets with a beautiful, multi-story art studio in the decades old building that once was a 7-UP manufacturing plant. She shares this old concrete building, now a beautiful …

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Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville’s Night Of Fire

Just as Downtown continues to go through a renaissance, so is the  ’s leadership, as it is sparking the fire and turning Downtown into a hot flame of the arts and cultural activity-–the phoenix is rising. The evolution of Downtown is intertwined with that of the Cultural Council, both integral and symbiotic parts of the economic engine focused on re-defining  as a vital place to live, work, and play. The iconic , the nexus of the now infamous , will soon come alive inside and out with, respectively, the ticketed Council’s 38th Annual Arts Celebration dinner inside, followed by a …

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Spark District Grants

The  is reinventing itself into a mature and multi-level central organization for the arts, which supports the art and cultural events in NE Florida. The  is just one major initiative. An artist can participate in the grant process for funding, too. The first round of Spark District grants was implemented last year with the following: : Art in Empty Storefronts by performing artist and educator  by long-time Jacksonville playwright  Jacksonville Songwriter Residency by , Musician in Residence (special thanks to the Omni for participating in this project) Sculpture Walk in Main Street Park by Professor , UNF Jenny Hager, well …

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