The First Wednesday Art Walk is a monthly event produced by Downtown Vision, Inc. (DVI), the Business Improvement District, to bring people to the cultural and historical center of the city and showcase Jacksonville’s deep and energetic pool of creative talent. Open to visual and performing artists, Art Walk is on the first Wednesday of every month from 5 – 9 p.m., rain or shine. More than 65 Art Walk venues stretch across Downtown Jacksonville’s core and include Hemming Park, galleries, museums, cultural and educational venues, restaurants and bars, Downtown businesses and more.The First Wednesday Art Walk is a great way to meet fellow artists, buy and appreciate their work, and be part of the rapidly growing art scene in Jacksonville. We estimate that, on average, 10,000 art enthusiasts attend each month to see more than 250 artists exhibiting on the Art Walk.
Visit www.iloveartwalk.com for this month's Art Walk information.
How To Be Part of the Fun
Whether you're an emerging or established artist or performer, Art Walk is the perfect opportunity to showcase your talents in front of thousands of patrons. Here's how:
In addition to the online application, you'll find all the rules, regulations and answers to frequently asked questions here. This option is for artists exhibiting their own, original, family-friendly artwork.
Please note: Hard copy applications are no longer accepted. All interested artists must apply online by the first Friday of the month, one month prior to the Art Walk they would like to attend. For example, to be approved for February's Art Walk, an artist must apply by the first Friday in January.
Performers/Musicians Indoor Venue Artists & Performers
DVI books a limited number of performing artists/musicians each month. Find the the rules and regulations here.
More than 65 indoor venues participate each month. Learn more about participating at a venue here. Non-profits
Each month DVI books up to 5 non-profits. Learn more about showcasing your organization here. Businesses
Downtown businesses are eligible to be listed on the monthly event map. Businesses outside of Downtown may work with a Downtown business, sponsor the event or pay a set up fee. Learn more about eligibility and opportunities here.
Food vendors are selected and placed on a rotation list for the entire year. Learn more about eligibility and opportunities here.
The First Wednesday Art Walk is a tremendous opportunity to reach the local community to promote your business at a favorite Jacksonville event. Sponsorship offers visibility at Art Walk and recognition in the promotion of the event. Learn more about how to sponsor here.
Artists, click here for sales tips provided by Downtown Vision, Inc.
2017 Art Walk Themes*
*Themes subject to change.
Jan. 4 – Interactive Art
Feb. 1 – Dance your HeART out
March 1 – Shamrockin' Downtown
April 5 – The Art of Innovation
May 3 – A night with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra
June 7 – 4th Annual Bold City Brewery Summer Release Party
July 5 – Red, White & BBQ
Aug. 2 – 4th Annual Back to School SmARTs
Sept. 6 – Dog Days of Summer (Pet Walk)
Oct. 4 – 5th Annual Oktoberfest @ Art Walk
Nov. 1 – Salute to Service
Dec. 6 – The Spirit of Giving