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The Downtown Project of the Year Award recognizes a project that has significantly enhanced the economic revitalization of Downtown through the activation of underutilized resources, job creation, or leading design practices.  The 2018 winner was a project many years in the making, opening its doors to Downtown this past March, first with a café and then with college dormitories — 20West Florida State College at Jacksonville Housing and Café.

The key to success in any downtown is more “feet on the street” — more residents, especially.  In many downtowns, students are a huge part of the community’s success. The streets of Downtown Jacksonville didn’t always have them, but 20West is helping to pave the way for what Downtown Vision hopes is an emerging trend.  Students bring the vitality and energy that Downtown needs and taking the first step toward creating an urban residential option for them is a way to enhance the economy and bolster a vibrant, varied downtown culture.

20West FSCJ Housing and Café is housed in the six-story, historic Lerner building located across from The Carling on West Adams Street and was transformed from a vacant building to modern living and dining.  20West is actually a classroom, providing experiential opportunities for FSCJ students in the Culinary Arts Program.  Such a multifaceted project takes many individuals and organizations to successfully complete, and Downtown Vision decided to recognize the three most prominent contributors to bringing 20West to life: Florida State College at Jacksonville, developer Profit Investments and financial partner Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) Jacksonville.

Kevin Hyde is the current President of Florida State College at Jacksonville.  A partner and employment lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP, he is also a former President of the Jacksonville City Council.  As the incoming project sponsor continuing the efforts of his predecessor, Mr. Hyde spearheaded the campaign in order to create a final project that would enhance the FSCJ curriculum and student life, as well as bring a new demographic to downtown. “About two years ago, when the idea was started, it was to create both the café, which is part of our culinary program, provide our students with housing, and really try to help revitalize downtown because we know that having more residents downtown truly is the height of what we’re trying to do,” said Mr. Hyde, according to WJCT.

Eugene Profit founded Profit Investments in 1996 and has overall management responsibility for the firm and client portfolios. He attended Yale and played professional football with the New England Patriots and the Washington Redskins.   As the owner of the building, he was an obvious essential partner, working to renovate the entire building for the purpose of ultimately leasing the space to Florida State College at Jacksonville.

LISC Jacksonville provided a key role, filling gaps in conventional financing to allow this project to achieve success. LISC’s mission is to transform challenged urban communities into neighborhoods of opportunity.

Thank you, Florida State College at Jacksonville, Profit Investments and LISC Jacksonville, for bringing 20West Housing and Café to life and for being invested in the future of Downtown Jacksonville.

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The following is this week’s issue of the #DTJax Weekly Update e-newsletter. To receive this in your email inbox each week, sign-up here.

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Instagram of the Week 

Photo by @kt.visuals

 

Tag your Downtown photo #DTJax for a chance to be featured.

 

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Things To Do Downtown

 

Arts & Culture

Tuesday, January 15
Wednesday, January 16
Thursday, January 17
Friday, January 18

Saturday, January 19

 

 

Live Music & Nightlife 

Tuesday, January 15
Wednesday, January 16
Thursday, January 17
Friday, January 18
Saturday, January 19

 

Sports, Health + Fitness

Wednesday, January 16
Thursday, January 17

 

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Get Involved

 

 

Each year Downtown Vision evaluates the state of Downtown Jacksonville and collects data on how to improve the Downtown experience. If you live or work in #DTJax (Northbank, Southbank, Brooklyn/Riverside, LaVilla or the Stadium District) we want to hear from you!
Complete our survey and be entered to win a $100 gift certificate to the Downtown restaurant or retailer of your choice. Two winners will be chosen and contacted via the email address provided.
Sheriff’s Watch Meeting 
 

Join JSO officers and community members for monthly discussions about crime issues facing our neighborhoods and hear progress updates.

When: Wednesday, January 16, 11 a.m.
Where: Main Library, 303 N. Laura St.
Friends of Hemming Park: Quarterly Community Meeting
 
Join Friends of Hemming Park for a Quarterly Meeting to hear a year-in-review and a look ahead at plans for the park and scheduled events for the upcoming year.
When: Thursday, January 31, 5-6:30 p.m.
Where: Friends of Hemming Park Office, Main Library (1st Floor), 303 N. Laura St.
Complete a short survey prior to the meeting for a chance to win a $50 gift card! Details.

 

 

City Council Meeting

Join the City of Jacksonville for a City Council Meeting. Details.
When: Tuesday, January 22, 5 p.m.
Where: City Council Chamber, City Hall, 117 W. Duval St.

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#DTJax News

 

 

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New businesses in #DTJax:

 

515 N. Newman St.
Now Open!
Now Open!
225 E. Coastline Dr.
Now Open!
Coming Soon
120 E. Forsyth St.
Coming Soon
120 E. Forsyth St.
Coming Soon
112 W. Adams St.
Coming Soon

 

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Stories From BlogDTJax.com

 

 

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DVI Updates:

 

DVI Quarterly Stakeholder Meeting
Thank you to everyone who came out to this morning’s Quarterly Stakeholder Meeting!
Appreciated hearing from City Council President Aaron Bowman and today’s panel: Dawn Lockhart from the City of Jacksonville, Dawn Gilman from Changing Homelessness, Cindy Funkhouser from Sulzbacher, Penny Kievet from City Rescue Mission and Major Bert Tanner from the The Salvation Army.
Grateful we have so many leaders working together to address homelessness in our city.
Welcome to our new Board Members!
 
We are very excited to welcome three new Board members to Downtown Vision’s Board of Directors: Zach Ashourian with Ash Properties, Ryan McIntyre with VyStar Credit Union and Dawn Southworth with Omni Jacksonville.
Read about them here. Thanks to the
Hey Jacksonville, show your love for our Bold City! 
With help from Springfield Preservation and Revitalization (SPAR)Riverside Avondale Preservation and  LISC Jacksonville, we commissioned this killer design from local designer, Alex Songcuan, to show our love for Jacksonville. Get yours today!
Proceeds benefit Downtown Vision, as we work to create and support a vibrant Downtown and promote #DTJax as an exciting place to live, work, visit and invest.
4th Annual #DTJax Gala: Havana Nights, Neon Lights
Who says you can’t party for a good cause? Join us at the 4th annual #DTJax Gala: Havana Nights, Neon Lights on Saturday, February 23 at 6 p.m.
This year’s theme celebrates the world-renowned nightlife of Havana, Cuba – with a #DTJax flair.
Help us raise funds for the Lively and Beautiful Sidewalks initiative! Last year we raised nearly $40,000 with the help of our amazing sponsors.
General Admission: $125
Young Professionals (21-35): Individual: $75 | Couple: $125
VIP: $250, includes access to VIP Lounge and private bar.
4th Annual #DTJax Gala: Havana Nights, Neon Lights Sponsorship Opportunities
Support DTJax and gain valuable visibility for your organization when you sponsor Downtown Vision’s 4th Annual #DTJax Gala: Havana Nights, Neon Lights.
Download the Gala Sponsorship Kit today for information on sponsorship levels and benefits.
Click here for the online sponsor payment option.
2017-2018 Annual Report
 
Have you ever wondered, “what exactly does DVI do in a year?” 
 
From expanding the Ambassador program by 50% to installing 80,000 LED lights for the “Lights on Laura” installation to topping 100,000 followers on @DTJax social media, check out our latest Annual Report, which highlights accomplishments and financial information for fiscal year 2017-2018. Read or download the PDF here.
 
 
2017 State of Downtown Report
 
It’s an exciting time for Downtown Jacksonville! As we watch Downtown potential turn into action, we have a lot of successes to celebrate. Read about current development, employment, and residential trends in this 12-month look at Downtown Jacksonville’s progress. Read or download the PDF here.
 
 
 
 
 
2019 Art Walk Sponsorship Opportunities

 
Downtown’s signature monthly event, First Wednesday Art Walk attracts 5,000 people each month, spans 15+ blocks with 35+ galleries, museums, cultural venues, restaurants, bars, and businesses. In its 15th year, Art Walk celebrates the local art scene by featuring hundreds of artists, performers, and live music acts. Be a partner today! Download the kit here.

David Vasquez is Downtown Vision, Inc.’s resident power washing specialist.  If there’s graffiti or grime reported by a Downtown resident, business owner or visitor, David is deployed to clean it up and make it look like new.  He enjoys his work, his colleagues, and helping to make Downtown a little bit more beautiful every day.

Hailing from Southern California, David moved to Jacksonville in 2006 but was directly impacted by the Great Recession, losing his job and having to live in a car for eight months.  He had been working for three different Downtown restaurants when word of a Block By Block Downtown Ambassador position reached him. David wasn’t sure exactly what DVI’s Downtown Ambassadors did, but he visited the office to apply for the position, mostly out of curiosity.  As soon as he walked in, several Ambassadors recognized him, having been served by him many times in the past.

At the impromptu interview, Bill Wimmer, Program Manager for the Downtown Ambassadors, told David that he had an opening for a Safety Ambassador — someone who would be able to give directions, provide safety and umbrella escort services, keep a watchful eye, and direct individuals in need of social services to the various organizations which provide that type of assistance.  Having once been homeless himself and already having a rapport with several current homeless individuals, Bill and David agreed that the position would be a good fit.

As the needs of Downtown changed, the Clean and Safe Ambassador Program grew and expanded to require a full-time, dedicated power washing specialist.  David, having worked in the program since 2012, and familiar with the power washing process and equipment, volunteered to be the one to stay on top of and get ahead of the high-powered cleaning needs of Downtown.  Even though it’s been over six years, David enjoys his job and hasn’t felt the time go by. “It really doesn’t feel like that long,” he says, marveling. “Maybe only two or three years.”

David also provides power washing services for JAX Chamber, as well as a few of the private businesses Downtown whose owners have been impressed with his work.  In addition to his scheduled power washing services, he is the one-man response team on call when individuals report graffiti or grime to the Downtown Ambassador Clean Team.  On days when call volume is low, he helps his fellow Ambassadors in their various projects, occasionally making contact with some of the homeless and transient individuals he worked with as part of the Safety Team when he started, urging them to contact Social Services Outreach Specialist Cindy Ray so she can help them find a place to stay, medical care, and job training.

David’s experience with homelessness in Downtown and subsequent personal and professional successes while working as an Ambassador, highlight an important truth: the intersection between vastly different cultures and life experiences can occur in a single individual.  A tiny thread, but one that stretches far, bringing vital perspective to the oftentimes overlooked and misunderstood issue of homelessness and transience in urban centers. David is living proof that there’s life and success after homelessness; he would never claim that it is an easy transition, that simple desire is all it takes, but neither is homelessness a life sentence.  With the right tools, resources, support, and hard work, David has completely altered his personal narrative and is a very much loved and respected member of the Ambassador and DVI teams.

Learn more about the Downtown Ambassador Program here.

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This year, Downtown Vision spun off the #DTJax Awards into its own event: the Annual #DTJax Awards Breakfast.  Held in the stunning Jacksonville River Club atop Wells Fargo Tower, awardees, guests and Downtown Vision staff gathered for an exclusive event to celebrate the people and projects that make Downtown Jacksonville a better place to live, work, visit and invest.  

The Downtown Ambassador of the Year Award honors a Downtown Ambassador who continually goes above and beyond in their work to advance the mission of the Downtown Ambassador Program — to keep Downtown clean, safe, and hospitable.  At the inaugural 2018 #DTJax Awards Breakfast, the Downtown Vision Board of Directors selected Downtown Ambassador Michael Ryan to receive the award for his outstanding service to Downtown Jacksonville.

Michael reached his 10-year work anniversary with DVI in May 2018, and is one of the most enthusiastic and involved Ambassadors; always available to provide directions, answer questions, locate lost vehicles. He once even helped retrieve a set of keys that had been dropped into a storm drain!  Whenever a new task, duty, or challenge presents itself, he’s the first to volunteer. This is his second time receiving this award, the first being presented at the 2017 #DTJax Awards for his efforts in 2016.

Michael plays a key role in supporting and implementing each of Downtown Vision’s special initiatives including: setup and support for the monthly First Wednesday Art Walk, assisting with the design and implementation of a management plan for The Corkscrew — which provides dedicated staffing to the new outdoor public gym area on the Northbank Riverwalk — and installing approximately 80,000 LED lights for the annual “Lights on Laura” installation.

Michael’s positive impact on Downtown can be seen in his work assisting with the execution of many Downtown community events, including Theatreworks at the Florida Theatre, the Coffee Series at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts, as well as programming at the Main Library focused on children and special needs individuals.

Michael consistently generates positive community feedback for the Downtown Ambassador Program and has received multiple awards for his service in Downtown Jacksonville, including a 2016 Recognition of Service Excellence “ROSE” Award, which recognizes Northeast Florida frontline hospitality employees who demonstrate excellent customer service.  

Michael, on behalf of Downtown Vision and all stakeholders of Downtown Jacksonville, thank you for all your hard work and congratulations on being selected as the 2018 Downtown Ambassador of the Year.

Learn more about the Downtown Ambassadors here.

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The following is this week’s issue of the #DTJax Weekly Update e-newsletter. To receive this in your email inbox each week, sign-up here.

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Instagram of the Week 

 
Photo by @UnderSiege360

 

Tag your Downtown photo #DTJax for a chance to be featured.

 

 

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Things To Do Downtown

 

Arts & Culture

 

 

Live Music & Nightlife 

Tuesday, January 8
Wednesday, January 9
Thursday, January 10
Friday, January 11
Saturday, January 12

 

Sports, Health + Fitness

Wednesday, January 9
Thursday, January 10
Saturday, January 12

 

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Get Involved

 

Each year Downtown Vision evaluates the state of Downtown Jacksonville and collects data on how to improve the Downtown experience. If you live or work in #DTJax (Northbank, Southbank, Brooklyn/Riverside, LaVilla or the Stadium District) we want to hear from you!
Complete our survey and be entered to win a $100 gift certificate to the Downtown restaurant or retailer of your choice. Two winners will be chosen and contacted via the email address provided.
 
 

City Council Meeting

Join the City of Jacksonville for a City Council Meeting. Details.
When: Tuesday, January 8, 5 p.m.
Where: City Council Chamber, City Hall, 117 W. Duval St.
Sheriff’s Watch Meeting 
 

Join JSO officers and community members for monthly discussions about crime issues facing our neighborhoods and hear progress updates.

When: Wednesday, January 16, 11 a.m.
Where: Main Library, 303 N. Laura St.

 

Friends of Hemming Park: Quarterly Community Meeting
 
Join Friends of Hemming Park for a Quarterly Meeting to hear a year-in-review and a look ahead at plans for the park and scheduled events for the upcoming year.
When: Thursday, January 31, 5-6:30 p.m.
Where: Friends of Hemming Park Office, Main Library (1st Floor), 303 N. Laura St.
Complete a short survey prior to the meeting for a chance to win a $50 gift card! Details.

 

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#DTJax News

 

 

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New businesses in #DTJax:

400 N. Hogan St.
Now Open!
223 N. Hogan St.
Now Open!
Coming Soon
120 E. Forsyth St.
Coming Soon
345 E. Bay St.
Coming Soon
120 E. Forsyth St.
Coming Soon
225 E. Coastline Dr.
Coming Soon
112 W. Adams St.
Coming Soon

 

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Stories From BlogDTJax.com

 

 

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DVI Updates:

 

 

DVI Quarterly Stakeholder Meeting
Please join Downtown Vision, Inc. next Tuesday for the next Downtown Stakeholder Meeting.
When: Tuesday, January 15, 8:30 a.m.
Where: Ed Ball Building, 1st Floor Training Room
DVI will host its first 2019 Quarterly Stakeholder Meeting with speaker Council President Aaron Bowman and a a discussion with:
  • Dawn Lockhart – Director of Strategic Partnerships, City of Jacksonville.
  • Dawn Gilman – Changing Homelessness
  • Cindy Funkhauser – Sulzbacher Center
  • Penny Kievett – City Rescue Mission
  • Major Bert Tanner – Salvation Army
DVI will also provide updates on upcoming Downtown events.
To attend, please RSVP to our Director of District Services, Eric Miller via email.
 

 
 

4th Annual #DTJax Gala: Havana Nights, Neon Lights
Who says you can’t party for a good cause? Join us at the 4th annual #DTJax Gala: Havana Nights, Neon Lights on Saturday, February 23 at 6 p.m.
This year’s theme celebrates the world-renowned nightlife of Havana, Cuba – with a #DTJax flair.
Help us raise funds for the Lively and Beautiful Sidewalks initiative! Last year we raised nearly $40,000 with the help of our amazing sponsors.
General Admission: $125
Young Professionals (21-35): Individual: $75 | Couple: $125
VIP: $250
4th Annual #DTJax Gala: Havana Nights, Neon Lights Sponsorship Opportunities
Support DTJax and gain valuable visibility for your organization when you sponsor Downtown Vision’s 4th Annual #DTJax Gala: Havana Nights, Neon Lights.
Download the Gala Sponsorship Kit today for information on sponsorship levels and benefits.
Click here for the online sponsor payment option.
 
 

 

2017-2018 Annual Report
Have you ever wondered, “what exactly does DVI do in a year?”
From expanding the Ambassador program by 50% to installing 80,000 LED lights for the “Lights on Laura” installation to topping 100,000 followers on @DTJax social media, check out our latest Annual Report, which highlights accomplishments and financial information for fiscal year 2017-2018. Read or download the PDF here.
2017 State of Downtown Report
It’s an exciting time for Downtown Jacksonville! As we watch Downtown potential turn into action, we have a lot of successes to celebrate. Read about current development, employment, and residential trends in this 12-month look at Downtown Jacksonville’s progress. Read or download the PDF here.
 
 

2019 Art Walk Sponsorship Opportunities

Downtown’s signature monthly event, First Wednesday Art Walk attracts 5,000 people each month, spans 15+ blocks with 35+ galleries, museums, cultural venues, restaurants, bars, and businesses. In its 15th year, Art Walk celebrates the local art scene by featuring hundreds of artists, performers, and live music acts. Be a partner today! Download the kit here.

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The following is this week’s issue of the #DTJax Weekly Update e-newsletter. To receive this in your email inbox each week, sign-up here.

___________________________________________________________________

Instagram of the Week 

 

Photo by @sa.resta
 

 

Tag your Downtown photo #DTJax for a chance to be featured.

 

 

___________________________________________________________________

 

Things To Do Downtown

 

Arts & Culture

 

 

Live Music & Nightlife 

Saturday, January 5

 

___________________________________________________________________

 

Get Involved

 

Each year Downtown Vision evaluates the state of Downtown Jacksonville and collects data on how to improve the Downtown experience. If you live or work in #DTJax (Northbank, Southbank, Brooklyn/Riverside, LaVilla or the Stadium District) we want to hear from you!
Complete our survey and be entered to win a $100 gift certificate to the Downtown restaurant or retailer of your choice. Two winners will be chosen and contacted via the email address provided.
 

 

City Council Meeting

Join the City of Jacksonville for a City Council Meeting. Details.
When: Tuesday, January 8, 5 p.m.
Where: City Council Chamber, City Hall, 117 W. Duval St.
Waterways Sheriff’s Watch Meeting 
 

Join JSO officers and community members for monthly discussions about crime issues facing our neighborhoods and hear progress updates.

When: Wednesday, January 16, 11 a.m.
Where: Main Library, 303 N. Laura St.

 

Friends of Hemming Park: Quarterly Community Meeting
 
Join Friends of Hemming Park for a Quarterly Meeting to hear a year-in-review and a look ahead at plans for the park and scheduled events for the upcoming year.
When: Thursday, January 31, 5-6:30 p.m.
Where: Friends of Hemming Park Office, Main Library (1st Floor), 303 N. Laura St.
Complete a short survey prior to the meeting for a chance to win a $50 gift card! Details.

 

 __________________________________________________________________

 

#DTJax News

 

 

___________________________________________________________________

 

New businesses in #DTJax:

400 N. Hogan St.
Now Open!
223 N. Hogan St.
Now Open!
Coming Soon
120 E. Forsyth St.
Coming Soon
345 E. Bay St.
Coming Soon
120 E. Forsyth St.
Coming Soon
225 E. Coastline Dr.
Coming Soon
112 W. Adams St.
Coming Soon

 

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Stories From BlogDTJax.com

 

 

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DVI Updates:

 

Celebrate the New Year in Style at #ArtWalkJax!
 
There’s plenty to do and see with the entire family this month including:
  • Headquarters at Hemming Park: Enjoy a fashion show by IONE Fashions at 6:30 p.m. followed by a performance by Groove Coalition from 7-9 p.m.
  • Family Fun: Bring the kids to enjoy a magic show by Cross Roads Magic, activities by My Gym and bounce houses from Backyard Carnival.
  • Vagabond Flea @ Hogan Street: Check out this creatively curated market that features local artists, quality makers, upcyclers, vintage and antique sellers, and more on Hogan Street, one block down from Hemming Park.
  • Food Truck Village: Devour delectable food from Josie’s Latin Fusion, Son of a Butcher, Rocco’s Pizzeria, Back to the Grind Jax and Island Girl. Plus, don’t miss a performance by Limitless Group from 6-8 p.m.
  • Dazzling sights to see: Stroll down Laura Street for the annual “Lights on Laura” display featuring 80,000 LED holiday lights and nearly 100 LED-lit garlands, made possible by Downtown Vision.

Want to know more? Get the details here.

 

 

4th Annual #DTJax Gala: Havana Nights, Neon Lights
Who says you can’t party for a good cause? Join us at the 4th annual #DTJax Gala: Havana Nights, Neon Lights on Saturday, February 23 at 6 p.m.
This year’s theme celebrates the world-renowned nightlife of Havana, Cuba – with a #DTJax flair.
Help us raise funds for the Lively and Beautiful Sidewalks initiative! Last year we raised nearly $40,000 with the help of our amazing sponsors.
General Admission: $125
Young Professionals: $75
Young Professionals Couple: $125
*Young Professionals, 21-35. 
4th Annual #DTJax Gala: Havana Nights, Neon Lights Sponsorship Opportunities
Support DTJax and gain valuable visibility for your company when you sponsor Downtown Vision’s 4th Annual #DTJax Gala: Havana Nights, Neon Lights.
Download the Gala Sponsorship Kit today for information on sponsorship levels and benefits.
Click here for the online sponsor payment option.
 

 

NEW: 2017-2018 Annual Report is here!
 
Have you ever wondered, what exactly does DVI do in a year? 
 
From expanding the Ambassador program by 50% to installing 80,000 LED lights for the “Lights on Laura” to topping 100,000 followers on @DTJax social media, check out our latest Annual Report, which highlights accomplishments and financial information for fiscal year 2017-2018. Read or download the PDF here.
 
 
2017 State of Downtown Report
 
It’s an exciting time for Downtown Jacksonville. As we watch Downtown “potential” turn into action, we have a lot of successes to celebrate. Read about current development, employment and residential trends in this 12-month look at the Downtown Jacksonville progress. Read or download the PDF here.
 
 
 
 
 

 

2018 Art Walk Sponsorship Opportunities

 
Downtown’s signature monthly event, First Wednesday Art Walk attracts 5,000 people each month, spans 15+ blocks with 35+ galleries, museums, cultural venues, restaurants, bars and businesses. In its 15th year, Art Walk celebrates the local art scene by featuring hundreds of artists, performers and live music acts. Be a partner today! Download the kit here.