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Let’s Put #DTJax on the Map:

 

The “Let’s Put Our Cities on the Map” campaign is an initiative created by Google with the singular focus of getting local business info online and on the map. 20,260 businesses in Jacksonville are on the map already, but there is more work to do. There are multiple workshops in #DTJax to help small businesses:

 

Spark Walk Pictures Are In!
 
We are so happy with the success of Spark Walk and now it’s time to relive the amazing event with pictures. Here are just a few, but make sure to check our Facebook soon for all the pictures!

 

 

 

 

 

First Wednesday Art Walk: United We Rock!

 

This month, kick off the night with live music starting at 5 p.m. on the Hemming Park main stage with Gov ClubUnited Way of Northeast Florida‘s community concert celebration begins at 7 p.m. with the Old Patróns, a band of local business leaders. Following the Old Patróns, local favorite and concert headliner The Band Be Easy will perform at 8 p.m. Browse through local art, eat delicious food by all of your favorite food trucks and restaurants, and explore over 58 participating businesses in #DTJax. We’ll see you May 4!

Jazz Fest After Dark in the Core:

There is a lot of excitement surrounding this year’s Jacksonville Jazz Festival, and rightly so since it’s back in the core of #DTJax! The fun does not end with Jazz Fest, as there is Jazz Fest After Dark with ten stages, over 60 acts and all for free. Make sure to check out the website for more information and the full line-up.

 

So mark your calendars for May 27-28 for #JFADjax!

 

 

DVI Annual Report Available:
 
 Have you ever wondered, what exactly does DVI do in a year? Check out our latest Annual Report, which  highlights accomplishments and financial information for fiscal year 2014-2015.

 

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JTA Wants Your Opinion:
 
The Jacksonville Transit Authority held a design showcase on April 18 to show the public three different design concepts for their new project, the Jacksonville Regional Transportation Center (JRTC). JTA would like public comments to help decide the future direction of this project so check out the designs here and email JTA your opinions by April 19 at 5pm.

 

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Jazz Fest After Dark in the Core:
 
There is a lot of excitement surrounding this year’s Jacksonville Jazz Festival, and rightly so since it’s back in the core of #DTJax! The fun does not end with Jazz Fest, as there is Jazz Fest After Dark with ten stages, over 60 acts and all for free. Make sure to check out the website for more information and the full line-up.

 

So mark your calendars for May 27-28 for #JFADjax!

 

 

PSA for #DTJax Residents, Employees and Vistors:

 

The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office will now be penalizing those who jaywalk with a hefty $114 fine. So, save yourself the hassle and only cross in crosswalks when the walking guy gives you the okay!

 

DVI Annual Report Available:
 
Have you ever wondered, what exactly does DVI do in a year? Check out our latest Annual Report, which highlights accomplishments and financial information for fiscal year 2014-2015.

 

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Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM) began in April 2002 when producer/musician Quincy Jones helped the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History announce the beginning of a month long festival to celebrate jazz music. The festival commemorates the historical significance of this musical genre with its roots settled in the south. Every year the Smithsonian hosts educational workshops and concerts to help spark a national interest in this beloved music.

ellaThe month of April was chosen for several reasons. However, as April is the birth month on many famous jazz musicians, it only made sense for the celebration to be held during this time.  Some of these musicians include: Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday, Jonny Dodds and several others.

In 2003, Congress passed legislation stating that schools and organizations should develop programs designated to honor the rich history of jazz music as a national treasure.

Jazz music has a long-standing history in the Jacksonville community. La Villa’s lively streets between Ashley St. and Broad St. led to it being called the “Harlem of the South“. Many famous artists from the jazz era visited this emerging music scene. Today the Ritz Theatre and La Villa Museum celebrates the heritage from the time. Jacksonville was also a pivotal stop along the way for Ray Charles’s success.

This year the Jacksonville Jazz Festival is celebrating over 30 years and a return to the Downtown core. The festival takes place May 26-29 with three stages of live music, local food and drink and much more today in #DTJax.

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Thursday, May 26

Kick-off the festivities on Thursday, May 26 at the Florida Theatre for the piano competition hosted by Noel Freidline.  The doors open at 6 p.m. and the competition begins at 7 p.m. General admission tickets cost $10.

Friday, May 27

Festival hours are 4-11 p.m. with music starting at 5 p.m. Enjoy live music with three stages located Hemming Park, The Jacksonville Landing and on Main St. Don’t miss performances by Snarky Puppy, McCoy Tyner and Spice and the Po’ Boys.

Saturday, May 28

Begin the day with the Jazz Fest Clinic from 10-11:45 a.m. Festival hours are 1-11 p.m. with music starting at 2 p.m. Live entertainment on all three stages with performances by Yellowjackets, Jon Batiste & Stay Human and The Chris Thomas Band.

Sunday, May 29

Start the last day of Jazz Fest off right with the Omni Sacred Jazz Brunch from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., featuring the Noel Freidline Quintet. Festival hours are from 1- 10 p.m. with music starting at 2 p.m.

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After Jazz Fest is over, join us in The Elbow for Jazz Fest After Dark. More local bands and brews keep the party going late, because every fest gets better after dark!

For full information on Jazz Fest, visit jacksonvillejazzfest.com. To learn more about Jazz Fest After Dark, visit theelbowjax.com We hope to see everyone in #DTJax all day and all night May 26-29!

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Spark Walk + Creator Innovation Day Were a Success!
 

A massive turnout, perfect weather, art and innovation all along the streets of #DTJax! Thank you to all of you who came out in support Spark Walk and Creator Innovation Day!

A special thanks is also in order to Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, Jim Webb, all of our artists, performers, Creators, #DTJax Ambassadors, CSC security, City Rescue Mission, volunteers, interns, board and staff.

This was truly a fantastic way to celebrate all the amazing things about #DTJax with innovation, creativity, art and culture.

Also thank you to the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront for hosting Creator Innovation Day and to JAXCoE and One Spark Ventures for sponsoring and curating the event.

Don’t forget to mark your calendars for the next First Wednesday Art Walk on May 4, United We Rock!

 
Jazz Fest After Dark in the Core:
 
There is a lot of excitement surrounding this year’s Jacksonville Jazz Festival, and rightly so since it’s back in the core of #DTJax! The fun does not end with Jazz Fest, as there is Jazz Fest After Dark with ten stages, over 60 acts and all for free. Make sure to check out the website for more information and the full line-up.

So mark your calendars for May 27-28 for #JFADjax!

 

 

PSA for #DTJax Residents, Employees and Vistors:

The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office will now be penalizing those who jaywalk with a hefty $114 fine. So, save yourself the hassle and only cross in crosswalks when the walking guy gives you the okay!

 

DVI Annual Report Available:
 
Have you ever wondered, what exactly does DVI do in a year? Check out our latest Annual Report, which highlights accomplishments and financial information for fiscal year 2014-2015.

 

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Spark Walk + Creator Innovation Day Have Arrived! 

This Wednesday, April 6, we will celebrate Creators on the streets of Downtown Jacksonville with the First Wednesday Spark Walk from noon to 10 p.m. This is the perfect opportunity to spend the afternoon with coworkers, friends or family Downtown. With Creators, artists, food trucks, live music and entertainment, this is a day you won’t want to miss! And don’t forget about Spark Walk After Dark in The Elbow for continued fun, art and music till late.

 

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Thursday, April 7, will be Creator Innovation Day at The Hyatt which provides Creators and Entrepreneurs with information, tools and workshops to move ideas from concept to company. This all day conference is a great resource for those looking to start a business, for small business owners or for entrepreneurs. There is still time to get your early bird ticket for only $20, so make sure you register here today.

Jazz Fest After Dark in the Core:
 
There is a lot of excitement surrounding this year’s Jacksonville Jazz Festival, and rightly so since it’s back in the core of #DTJax! The fun does not end with Jazz Fest, as there is Jazz Fest After Dark with ten stages, over 60 acts and all for free. Make sure to check out the website for more information and the full line-up.
So mark your calendars for May 27-28 for #JFADjax!

 

PSA for #DTJax Residents, Employees and Vistors:

The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office will now be penalizing those who jaywalk with a hefty $114 fine. So, save yourself the hassle and only cross in crosswalks when the walking guy gives you the okay!

DVI Annual Report Available:
 
  Have you ever wondered, what exactly does DVI do in a year? Check out our latest Annual Report, which highlights accomplishments and financial information for fiscal year 2014-2015.

 

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So, it’s Wednesday, April 6. It may seem like any other Wednesday in #DTJax, but this Wednesday is different. It’s the First Wednesday Spark Walk. There has been some confusion over what One Spark is this year but during this transition year, the model has been scaled down to a day event. The first day will be First Wednesday Spark Walk with more of a street festival and artistic feel, while the second day, April 7, will be Creator Innovation Day at The Hyatt which is a all day conference for innovators and entrepreneurs.

We’ve put together what the day of Spark Walk will look like, what to do and where to go on Wednesday.

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MORNING

Grab your coffee and breakfast at The Brick or Urban Grind, it’s going to be a long, eventful day! Due to the large number of creators, Laura Street will be closed from Duval Street to Independent Drive from 5 a.m. – midnight. Intersections will still be open, but plan accordingly if you are commuting into Downtown.

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If you’re coming in early, you can park at the Prime Osborn Convention Center parking lot and ride the Skyway, which will be running from 6 a.m. till 2 a.m. Spark Walk night, courtesy of the Jacksonville Transportation Authority.

While you’re at work, fill in your coworkers and get the office to take the afternoon off to join in the festivities!

 

AFTERNOON

It’s showtime! Spark Walk officially opens at noon. Take this time to grab some lunch at any of the restaurants Downtown or at the Regions Bank food truck village which is open from 11am – 2pm for lunch and 5 – 10 p.m. for dinner. The food trucks available for lunch include: Mother Truckin Pizza, Say Cheese, Delish Kabobs and 1st Coast Snowie. Dinner food trucks include: Fusion Food Truck, Pita Boss, Rocco’s Pizzeria, Funkadelic Food Truck and more. Plus, enjoy all of your favorite Hyppo popsicles all day long.

Lines too long? Take advantage of the 25+ delicious restaurants Downtown! Check out our online directory for a full list of dining options.

Look for one of the friendly volunteers wearing a One Spark shirt and grab yourself a guide – you’ll be glad you have a map.

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The Creator showcase will be set up on Laura Street between Adams Street and the Front Porch at The Landing. The showcase will include more than 60 Creators with innovative ideas and inventions like Beauty for Freedom and Double Doggie. Walk around, ask questions and donate to these entrepreneurs who will set up until 10 p.m.! There is no app to download this year but many of the Creators will have their own crowdfunding.

Since you’re already in the Creator mindset, head to the Front Porch next. Outside you will find a beer garden, oversized games and local artisans and vendors. Step inside The Landing for the Idea Market with more innovators and even a robot showcase by Renaissance Jax!

The Front Porch jam session schedule is as follows:

Noon – 3 p.m. DJ Kevin Tos

3 – 4 p.m. Ryan Crary

4 – 5 p.m. DiCarlo

5 – 6 p.m. Ryan Crary

6 – 7 p.m. DiCarlo

7 – 10 p.m. In Season Tro

Don’t forget to check out the 57 participating venues around #DTJax. Stop into The W Studio 121 on Bay Street for empowerment workshops till 4 p.m. or check out Monroe Galleries Parisian Market on Monroe St.

By this point in the day, you’ve heard and seen a lot of creative inventions and ideas. How about some live music and art in the park? Head on up to Hemming Park where there will be live music from 3 till 10 p.m., along with our artists and vendors.

Enjoy sounds from many of our local favorites with this line up on the Hemming Park main stage:

3 – 5:45 p.m. RadioLove

6 – 6:30 p.m. Pine Forest Dance Ensemble

6:45 – 8:10 p.m.: Gov Club

8:30 – 10 p.m.: The Chris Thomas Band

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NIGHT

The fun doesn’t just end at 10 p.m.! Head over to Downtown’s Entertainment District, The Elbow, for late night leisure. Here you will find live mural painting, live music on the streets, drink specials and after dark fare at Spark Walk After Dark. From Arcade Night at Mark’s Downtown to the InstaRamp in the Burrito Gallery parking lot, there is something for everyone!

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If you can’t get enough on April 6, the following day is Creator Innovation Day at the Hyatt Regency. The conference will showcase a full slate of programming focused on providing creators, entrepreneurs and business professionals with information, tools and local resources to move ideas from concept to company. If you’re interested, register here for the $20 early bird special ticket price! Following the conference, the Jacksonville Suns have their opening home game which is a great way to wrap up celebrating Downtown.

For full information on Spark Walk, visit iloveartwalk.com. To learn more about Creator Innovation Day, visit creatorinnovationday.com We hope to see everyone in #DTJax all day and all night on April 6 & 7!