Last week, the One Spark festival took over Downtown Jacksonville with an estimated total attendance of over 250,000. The JAX2025 Build It Zone was filled with energy as the crowds checked out our local creators, representing each of the 10 JAX2025 target areas. Unity Plaza and We Are Straight Allies presented amazing programming on the Build It Zone stage, with everything from Flagship Romance concerts to morning Yoga sessions.
Our seven creators have been working hard to make the Build It zone the place to be for One Spark. Check out our venue schedule below and join us right outside our venue for any or all of the fun.
Our venue is located at the Juice Gallery on the bottom floor of the Wells Fargo tower. Enter the Build It Zone from the corner of Laura St. and Bay St.
Wednesday April 9
|3-3:30pm||Creator Performance: Flagship Romance|
|4-6pm||We Are Straight Allies: Gay Anthems – DJ|
Thursday April 10
|10:30-11:30am||Unity Plaza: Qigong Class with Joel Timmons|
|11:30am-2:30pm||Unity Plaza Programming (TBA)|
|2:45-3pm||Creator Pitch: Hour Electric Ride|
|3-3:15pm||Creator Pitch: North Florida Land Trust|
|3:15-3:30pm||Creator Pitch: Compassionate Families|
|3:30-3:45pm||Creator Pitch: Spring Field Yoga|
|3:45-4pm||Creator Pitch: We Are Straight Allies|
|4-4:15pm||Creator Pitch: Unity Plaza|
|4:15-5pm||Creator Performance: Flagship Romance|
|5:30-6:30pm||Musical Performance: Mondo Mike & The Pro Boys|
|7-9pm||Spoken Word with Al Letson|
Friday April 11
Saturday April 12
|10:30-11:30am||Tai Chi Class with Joel Timmons|
|12-2pm||Musical Performance: Rob Walker (VIBE)|
|1-2pm||Springfield Yoga Collaborative: Guerilla Yoga|
|2-4pm||Creator Performance: Flagship Romance|
|4-6pm||Musical Performance: Anthony Anurca (Symphony)|
|6-8pm||Unity Plaza Programming (TBA)|
|8-10pm||Musical Performance: DJ Catharsis|
Sunday April 13
|11:30-11:45am||Creator Pitch: Unity Plaza|
|11:45-12:15pm||Creator Performance: Flagship Romance|
|12:15-2:30pm||Unity Plaza Programming (TBA)|
Grab your hardhats and work boots…ok not really…but get excited to join us at the Build It zone this week during One Spark. JAX2025 will be taking over the Juice Gallery on the bottom floor of the Wells Fargo tower to showcase 7 creator projects that represent our community’s shared vision for 2025.
We will be open during all of One Spark’s Creator Showcase hours listed below.
Wednesday, April 9: 11AM-6PM
Thursday, April 10: 11AM-10PM
Friday, April 11: 11AM-10PM
Saturday, April 12: 11AM-10PM
Sunday, April 13: 11AM-3PM
Our creators also have some pretty exciting extras lined up for attendees. Make sure to keep up with @jax2025 on Facebook and Twitter to see when you can join us for special performances and interactive programming from the Unity Plaza’s stage right outside our venue.
Meet our Creators
Help our creators earn a chunk of the One Spark change. The beauty of a crowdfund, is that you have the power to distribute the funds. A simple vote for your favorite projects, translates into real dollars and real action. Register and learn how to vote here
Join us as a Venue Host for One Spark 2014. Click the button below to sign up for as many shifts as you’d like throughout the 5 days. From there you will be contacted from JAX2025 staff and receive a T-shirt to wear while on your shift. Join us as we have a little fun, highlight our visionaries and inspire the community to build our shared vision for 2025. Click here to sign up for a shift!
ON TARGET: People Matter
GENERATION W will return to Jacksonville, Florida with its third annual event that will bring together leaders and experts from around the country for a day of education, inspiration and connection for women.
GENERATION W is a platform built on a belief that when people, especially women, come together, magic happens. The platform consists of 3 dynamically intertwined experiential elements, Generation W, Generation Wow and soon to be announced Generation Works, that are designed to work together to create action in both thought and deed. The purpose is to educate, to inspire and to connect. Launched in 2011, Generation W, the experience, was met with enthusiasm and results, as the insights from over 30 national and local experts infused the attendees with new ideas and opportunities for education, inspiration and connection. Generation W has grown 40% year over year and the third edition is eagerly anticipated on April 4, 2014.
The 2014 program with the theme of Imagine The Possible is about showcasing and inspiring thought leadership that will move people to improve their lives and communities. It will be held on April 3-4, 2014 at the Lazzara Performing Arts Center at The University of North Florida. Women from across the country will take part
and contribute their experiences and expertise on a wide range of resonant topics in a dynamic and entertaining format.
Connect to action by checking out the line up of events and speakers on the Generation W website. Need more information? Get in touch with the Generation W team.
ON TARGET: Environment
Constantly adjusting the thermostat? Want to find ways to lower your energy bill? See your water bill and wonder where all that water goes?
The Green Team Project has partnered with JEA to create the Home Energy & Water Evaluation Backpack Kit. This kit can show you how to make your home more comfortable while also lowering your monthly utility costs. It’s fun, easy to use, and available for checkout free of charge to anyone with a Public Library Card in Jacksonville, St. Johns County, and Nassau County.
The kit is ‘all-inclusive’, so there’s no need to worry about having the right tools or equipment. Everything you will need is provided, including:
- A step-by-step audit guide and worksheets to perform the evaluations
- An infrared thermometer
- 3 Kill A Watt™ meters
- A Hygro-Thermometer to measure temperature and humidity
- 5 Catch Cans to test your irrigation system’s efficiency
- A CD full of JEA’s energy and water fact sheets
- A water flow bag
- A drip gauge- helps calculate the cost of a leak
- Consumer Reports’ Complete Guide to Reducing Energy Costs
- Ortho’s All About Sprinklers & Drip Systems
- And more!
The Green Team Project will host a one-hour workshop where they will train attendees on how to use the kits in their homes. The workshop for Jacksonville library cardholders will be on March 8, 2014 from 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. at the Jacksonville Public Library Regency Branch, in Community Room A. Backpacks will be available at this workshop for checkout.
Want the nice folks at The Green Team Project to come to you? They will present workshops free of charge for Homeowner’s Associations, PTA/PTO groups, non-profits, or religious organizations. Call (904) 348-0718 to schedule a workshop in your area.
If you have any questions email Carrie-Lynn Black, Green Team Project NE FL Program Coordinator or call (904) 348-0718.
Connect to action by visiting your local Jacksonville library and picking up your Home Energy & Water Evaluation Backpack Kit. If you would like to learn how to use this kit to make your house more comfortable and energy efficient, consider attending The Green Team Project’s workshop on March 8. For more information, email Carrie-Lynn Black or call (904) 348-0718
ON TARGET: Downtown & Neighborhoods
“There has been a recent water change in the world of nightclubs, with a sudden preference for laid back, shabby genteel establishments with a nod to history. The Volstead is likely the most lovely of the new crop thus far, located on Adams Street downtown.” -Stephen Dare, Metro Jacksonville
“The Volstead” gets its name from The Volstead Act, which enacted Prohibition in the United States in late 1919. The act was later repealed in 1933, but the era would forever leave its mark on history. Some of histories most colorful personalities were players in bootlegging operations, and to this day bars still carry on
Jacksonville Florida pre-prohibition was a beautiful, bustling city where people came to achieve their dreams; designed to be the original site of Hollywood where the stars and starlets of the era came to spend their time.
As the decade progressed the nation fell on hard times, Congressman Andrew Volstead chalked up the bill to eradicate the production and sale of liquor throughout the United States. As liquor became more scarece, people became craftier in finding ways to get hooch into the country. Due to the prime waterfront property, Jacksonville became the hub for transactions during thus time. Top bootleggers such as William “The Real” McCoy operated out of The River City.
The Volstead is striving to revive this time of elegance and intimacy as well as bring back the art of classic cocktails.
Connect to action by learning more about Jacksonville’s prohibition history from Metro Jacksonville. If The Volstead sounds like your glass of bourbon, check out their website to get more information on hours and events. Want more information on nightlife in the Urban Core? Downtown Is On Fire has you covered. While you’re out, don’t forget to tag your Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram posts with #actionville.
ON TARGET: People Matter
Background: Human trafficking is the trade in humans, most commonly for the purpose of sexual slavery, forced labor or commercial sexual exploitation for the trafficker or others, or for the extraction of organs or tissues.
In August 2013, Crystal Freed assembled a group of powerful “Jacksonvillians” at her Mandarin home. The goal — to create and financially support a campaign using the arts to raise awareness of human trafficking across Jacksonville, a multi-event approach that had never been done in the United States. The members of this “brain trust” were the who’s who from our city’s business, NGO, government and arts communities. The time horizon — two years.
But that was before Sarah Symons, author and founder of Made by Survivors, introduced Crystal to Kay Chernush, a photographer and the founder/director of ArtWorks for Freedom. The kind of arts portfolio that Crystal sought to create was already available. Kay had been photographing human trafficking around the world and established ArtWorks for Freedom, a nonprofit organization that deploys many forms of art — photography, film, theatre, dance, painting and speakers of worldwide acclaim — to catalyze a popular movement fighting to end human trafficking and modern slavery.
Together they crafted an innovative campaign for the city of Jacksonville. Kay handled the artistic side and Crystal, the local and business side. Joined by Lawanda Ravoira of the Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center and the Florida Coastal School of Law Foundation, ArtWorks for Freedom JAX has become a reality.
The series of events began on January 23rd, 2014 and will continue until February 28th, 2014. On Friday, February 21st, at 6 p.m. UNF will host an event featuring a lecture with Benjamin Skinner, author of A Crime So Monstrous and Survivor Talk with Katariina Rosenblatt. Beth Cravey with The Florida Times-Union wrote a blog discussing this event in greater detail.