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 

 

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

 

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Things To Do Downtown

 

Arts & Culture

Tuesday, April 30
Wednesday, May 1
Thursday, May 2
Friday, May 3
Saturday, May 4
Sunday, May 5
Monday, May 6

 

 

Live Music & Nightlife 

Tuesday, April 30
Wednesday, May 1
Thursday, May 2
Friday, May 3
Saturday, May 4
Sunday, May 5
Monday, May 6

 

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#DTJax News

 

 

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Downtown Vision Updates:

 

TOMORROW: A Journey Through Jacksonville at #ArtWalkJax!
Make your way Downtown for May’s Art Walk: A Journey Through Jacksonville featuring the Folk It Up music festival in Hemming Park & the Jax Makerspace in the Main Library, MOCA Jacksonville’s screening of “El Desencanto,” a performance by a Jacksonville Symphony ensemble from 6-7 p.m., and Southlight Gallery’s “Now & Then: Our 10 Year Journey Thru Downtown” art show.
NEW! Adam Street Eats: Visit featured restaurants on Adams Street during Art Walk! This month, visit Breezy Jazz Club, Gili’s Kitchen and Kazu Sushi Burrito. Pick up discount coupons at participating venues as well as the Art Walk tent on the corner of Laura and Monroe St. at Hemming Park.
Plus, don’t forget about the Vagabond Flea, local artists, 35+ participating venues and 15+ block of programing in #DTJax. Details.

 

 
 

YMCA Group Workout Classes at Corkscrew Park
Just in time for the summer fitness crunch, we’re partnering with the Winston Family YMCA and City of Jacksonville to bring you FREE group workouts at The Corkscrew – #DTJax’s new outdoor public gym located on the Northbank Riverwalk in the shade of the Acosta Bridge.
Starting on May 14, these certified personal trainer-led classes take place each Tuesday at 12:15 p.m. so bring yourself and a friend and get your sweat on. (Bathrooms & water fountains on site.)
Congrats to our VP of Marketing – Kat Hardwick!
Kat was recently honored as a 40 Under 40 Awardee by Jacksonville Business Journal on Thursday, April 25.
Congratulations, Kat! We’re proud to have you in DVI’s corner and are grateful for the experience, passion and dedication you bring to Downtown Jacksonville every day.

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Stories From BlogDTJax.com

 

 

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About Downtown Vision:

 

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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Mardi Gras Meets #DTJax

By: Brooke Lasky, Intern

Mardi Gras is a tradition that dates back thousands of years to pagan celebrations of spring and fertility. People usually think of New Orleans when they hear Mardi Gras, but really it’s celebrated in many places around the world making it one of the most famous public festivities, drawing thousands of tourists every year!

Are you ready to get your Mardi Gras on? This month, Downtown Jacksonville is hosting a Mardi Gras-themed Art Walk on March 6th!

If you didn’t already know, Art Walk is a free, monthly event that showcases Downtown at its full potential, promoting Jacksonville’s museums, art galleries, shops, restaurants and bars. It’s a festivity held on the first Wednesday of each month, rain or shine!

Head down to #DTJax to experience Jacksonville’s version of Mardi Gras!

Headquarters in Hemming Park

Mardi Gras wouldn’t be the same without a procession (parade). Bring your masks, beads and noise makers and join us at the intersection at of Laura St. and Bay St. at 5:45 p.m.

Stroll in style down Laura St., led by Spice and Po Boys, and end at Hemming Park.

Spice and the Po Boys deliver a mix of R&B, Blues-Rock and Pop; don’t miss them on the Main Stage until 8 p.m.

Don’t forget to stop by the Art Walk tent to get your very own masks and colorful beads to get in the spirit of Mardi Gras while supplies last!

Kid Zone in Hemming Park

Art walk is perfect for all ages! Kids can enjoy fun activities by MyGym, face painting and jump roping by Jump 4 Jax.

Food Truck Valley

Food tastes better when you eat it in #DTJax!

The Food Truck Valley is officially moved up to Laura Street! Stroll down Laura for crowd favorites like Fusion, Hapa Li, Latin Soul Grille, Back to the Grind, Nitrogen Creamery, Rocco’s Pizzeria, Humble Wood Fire and much more!

There will also be live music presented by Lets Ride Brass Band!

Vagabond Flea at Hogan Street

Visit this creatively curated market featuring local artists, quality makers, upcyclers, antique sellers, and more! Stop by Hogan St. in front of Vagabond Coffee Bodega to check it out!

Front Porch at Landing

Address: 2 W Independent Dr.
Time: 5 – 9 p.m.

Be sure to visit the Front Porch at the Jacksonville Landing and enjoy local musicians, artists and vendors. This month’s theme: St. Patrick’s Day!

Make sure to wear green and sing your heart out at karaoke by Party Solution Entertainment. Plus, enjoy green beer!

Arts & Culture Highlights

Each month, Art Walk hosts dozens of artists, seeking to show and sell their works. From jewelry to paintings and more, you’ll find a mix of unique, handmade items from both emerging and established artists.

There’s something for everyone!

After Dark Highlights

Here are some nightlife options for those who want to keep the Mardi Gras party alive!

The Volstead: Mardi Gras Bayou Bash

Address: 115 W Adams St.
Time: 8 p.m. – late

Get a taste of the Bayou at The Volstead during #Artwalkjax! Everyone knows that only the best things come out of the Big Easy (Sazeracs, Jazz and Beignets being the proof), so join them for a little Voodoo and enjoy some swinging jazz from The Raisin Cake Orchestra, themed cocktails, swamp chic decor and a little mystic mojo. Must be 21+ to attend. Details.

Myth Nightclub: Silent Disco

Address: 333 E Bay St.
Time: 9 p.m. – 2 a.m.

Myth Nightclub and Silent Sound Proudly Presents: March Music Madness Edition – Featuring 5 different channels of music (4 in headphones, 1 on the sound system in the main room) with over a dozen of the regions best DJ’s and producers!

Enjoy different genres including Punk, EDM, Hip-Hop, Reggae and so much more! Details.

The Justice Pub: Cien Calavera Cuban Art Show & Fundraiser

Address: 315 E Bay St.
Time: 6 p.m. – 12 a.m.

Amigo Tattoo and the Justice Pub will host the 100 Calaveras Art Show.

Over 100 skull shapes were cut out from old skateboards and were distributed to artists all around the USA to be customized, displayed and then sold to raise money. All proceeds go directly to aid Cuban artists!

Amigo Tattoo is dedicated to helping Cuban artists and improving their conditions and fostering relationships with artists in North America and Cuba! Details.

Want to Participate in Art Walk?

Whether you’re new to the Downtown scene, an established artist or performer, a nonprofit or even a business seeking sponsor opportunities, Art Walk is a great event in which to showcase your work. To find out what aspect of Art Walk best suits you, visit www.downtownjacksonville.org for more information! Want to get in touch? Reach out to Events Manager Junine Castin at Junine@dtjax.org.

Want to volunteer? Here is the link to sign up!

Parking

Parking is free after 6 p.m. Art Walk night at meters and at the Elite Parking Services garage on the corner of Clay and Adams streets. Visit parkdtjax.com for more details!

These are just a few highlights for the upcoming Art Walk! If you want to get all the details, visit iloveartwalk.com. See you there!

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

 

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

 

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Things To Do Downtown

 

Arts & Culture

Live Music & Nightlife

Sports, Health + Fitness

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Get Involved



DIA Urban Arts Project Phase II Stakeholder Survey










More public art is coming soon to The Elbow thanks to the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville and Downtown Investment Authority’s Urban Arts Project! Tell them what you want to see by taking this quick survey.


Volunteer Opportunities: First Wednesday Art Walk
 










Help us make #ArtWalkJax a success and support Downtown’s signature monthly event! Sign up here.

 

 

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#DTJax News


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New businesses in #DTJax:

 

Now Open!

20West

FSCJ’s 20West Cafe
20 W. Adams St.





 

 
Gili's Kitchen Logo
126 W. Adams St.







 

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Island Girl Cigar Bar Downtown
11 N. Ocean St.

 

 

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The Justice Pub
315 E. Bay St.








 

Live Bakery

Live Bakery
327 E. Bay St.








Coming Soon:

Burlock and Barrel logoBurlock & Barrel Distillery
417 Magnolia St.

 

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Stories From BlogDTJax.com


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DVI Updates:

 

DVI in the News

 










Downtown Vision announces expansions for its Downtown Ambassadors program, including several new members and a brand-new street cleaner joining the clean and safe program. Read more here.


2016-2017 Annual Report

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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 2016-2017. Read or download the PDF here.

2016-2017 State of Downtown Report

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It’s an exciting time for Downtown Jacksonville. Since the beginning of 2016, Downtown has seen more than $80 million in completed development projects, such as the Winston Family YMCA and Daily’s Place Amphitheater. More than $2 billion in projects are currently under construction or proposed. Read about currently development, employment and residential trends in this 18-month look at the progress in Downtown Jacksonville from January 2016-June 2017. Read or download the PDF here.


2018 Art Walk Sponsorship Opportunities

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Downtown’s signature monthly event, First WednesdayArt Walk attracts 8,000 people each month, spans 15+ blocks with 30+ galleries, museums, cultural venues, restaurants, bars and businesses. In its 14th 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.

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 @jaxlanding


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

 

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Things To Do Downtown

 

Arts & Culture

Family Fun
 

Live Music + Nightlife

Sports, Health + Fitness

 

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Get Involved

 

2018 Give and Go Kickoff
 
When: May 3, 2018 at 8:30 a.m.
Where: EverBank Field
The Give and Go program has raised over $750,000 for local nonprofits. Building on the momentum of the incredible 2017 Jaguars Season, Give and Go is back to help you raise even more money! You can find more information here.
 
 




DIA Urban Arts Project
 
The Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville, Art in Public Places and the Downtown Investment Authority announce a Call to Artists for a Request for Qualifications for Phase II of the DIA Urban Arts Project. The call solicits artists who can address streetscape aesthetics with functional and interactive public art that serves to draw attention to an outdoor urban area utilized during both daytime and nighttime. Sign up here.
 





Volunteer Opportunities: First Wednesday Art Walk
 
Help us make #ArtWalkJax a success and support Downtown’s signature monthly event! Sign up here.

 

 

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#DTJax News

 

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New businesses in #DTJax:

 

Now Open!

20West

FSCJ’s 20West Cafe
20 W. Adams St.






 
Gili's Kitchen Logo
126 W. Adams St.







Justice Pub logo


The Justice Pub
315 E. Bay St.









Live Bakery

Live Bakery
327 E. Bay St








Coming Soon:

Burlock and Barrel logoBurlock & Barrel Distillery
417 Magnolia St.






 

Island-Girl_Logo-3x_wh

Island Girl Cigar Bar Downtown
11 N. Ocean St.

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Stories From BlogDTJax.com

 

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DVI Updates:

 

First Wednesday Art Walk – Crossing Bridges with the Jacksonville Symphony









Enjoy live performances by the Jacksonville Symphony throughout the evening at three exclusive locations. Pick up a passport at any of these three locations and attend all three spots for a chance to win tickets to an upcoming performance!

Jacksonville Main Library, Jax Makerspace – Jacksonville Symphony Woodwind Quintet at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m.

MOCA Jacksonville, Atrium – Jacksonville Symphony Double Bass Quartet at 6:45 p.m. and 7:45 p.m.

Candy Apple Café & Cocktails – Jacksonville Symphony Bass Quintet at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Visit iloveartwalk.com for more information.

 

2016-2017 Annual Report

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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 2016-2017. Read or download the PDF here.

2016-2017 State of Downtown Report

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It’s an exciting time for Downtown Jacksonville. Since the beginning of 2016, Downtown has seen more than $80 million in completed development projects, such as the Winston Family YMCA and Daily’s Place Amphitheater. More than $2 billion in projects are currently under construction or proposed. Read about currently development, employment and residential trends in this 18-month look at the progress in Downtown Jacksonville from January 2016-June 2017. Read or download the PDF here.


2018 Art Walk Sponsorship Opportunities

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Downtown’s signature monthly event, First WednesdayArt Walk attracts 8,000 people each month, spans 15+ blocks with 30+ galleries, museums, cultural venues, restaurants, bars and businesses. In its 14th 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.

By Ania Cajuste, DVI Intern Visiting #DTJax is always a fun and exciting experience. However, if you’re looking to include your beloved pet in your adventures, it can be a bit of a hassle when you don’t know where you’re allowed to bring them.

Here are a few of the pet friendly places and activities that #DTJax has to offer and will be open on September 6th for the First Wednesday Pet Walk.

 

Magnificat Café

231 N. Laura St.

Mon – Fri 11:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

This Parisian-style eatery is right in the heart of #DTJax. Founded by Chef Benoit, a native to Paris, France, the Magnificat Café boasts classic lunch items such as soups, salads and sandwiches.  The large outdoor seating space is perfect for pets!

Photo by: DVI

Photo by: DVI

 

BARK Downtown

45 W. Adams St.

Tues- Fri 11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Sat – Mon Closed

This fun, unique dog boutique is the perfect stop for your trip in #DTJax! Browse through their extensive collection of novelty treats, toys, designer collars and high-end grooming supplies!

Photo by: Downtown Jacksonville

Photo by: DVI

 

Burrito Gallery Downtown

21 E. Adams St.

Mon – Fri: 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 a.m.

Sat 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 a.m.

Sun 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

This Jacksonville staple hosts a spacious front patio to hang out with your furry friend while in The Elbow. Enjoy the tex-mex menu and find out why this is one of the best-rated restaurants in town!

Photo by: Jacksonville.com

Photo by: Jacksonville.com

 

The Candy Apple Café

400 N. Hogan St.

Sun 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Mon 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Tues – Thurs 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Fri 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Sat 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.

The large patio space at the forefront of The Candy Apple Café is dog friendly! Stop by and enjoy the specialty craft cocktails, beer and wine selection, as well as the French-inspired menu!

Photo by: Jacksonville.com

Photo by: Jacksonville.com

 

The Court Urban Food Park

37 Hogan St.

Mon – Fri 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

First Wednesday Art Walk 5 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Enjoy lunch outside and enjoy the variety of food trucks! With plenty of shaded areas to sit and enjoy your food, this outdoor food court is great for your pet to hang out.

Photo by: Jacksonville Business Review

Photo by: Jacksonville Business Review

 

Hemming Park

117 W. Duval St.

Sun – Sat 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Lunch and Live Music Mon – Fri 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

This park is the oldest park in the City of Jacksonville! This park is located right in the heart of #DTJax, which makes it the perfect stop for you and your dog to rest while you’re out and about.  With regular programming such as live music, it’s a great place to enjoy a day outside.

 Photo by: WJCT News

Photo by: WJCT News

 

Bringing your dog out to and about can be a great experience for the both of you to enjoy, if you know where to look! Remember that each and every First Wednesday Art Walk is a pet-friendly event. Just ask a few of the dogs of #DTJax!

Bella, 4 year old Dachsund

Bella, 4 year old Dachshund

Peanut, 6 year old Pug

Peanut, 6 year old Pug

Maddie, 7 year old Cocker Spaniel

Maddie, 7 year old Cocker Spaniel

Donut, 2 year old French Bulldog

Donut, 2 year old French Bulldog

Tug, 9 year old Newfoundland mix

Tug, 9 year old Newfoundland mix

April (left), 4 year old Chow and Buddy (right), 6 year old Chow mix

April (left), 4 year old Chow and Buddy (right), 6 year old Chow mix

 

For more information, visit iloveartwalk.com.

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By Julianna Rosano, DVI Intern

We talked with Viktor Lazarev, local artist at First Wednesday Art Walk, about his Art Walk experiences and diverse artwork.

Q: What initially drew you to display your paintings at the First Wednesday Art Walk?love 022

A: I wanted to display my artwork to people of all different walks of life. Art Walk gave me the opportunity to sell my art to create a living and support my family.

Q: What aspects of Art Walk make you keep coming back as a vendor?

A: There are a few aspects that keep me coming back, but the number one reason is my friends and new customers. The atmosphere overall is great and it’s exciting, vibrant and inviting. It’s the kind of place you want to be.

Q: At what age did you find your love for oil painting?

A: I was a young kid and there was just something about it that allowed me to sink deeply into it. From the beginning, I had a feeling, an inspiration and I knew God was behind it. It was that simple.

acrylic vikQ: Where do you find your inspiration for your artwork?

A: I like to observe the world around me, even the little things can inspire me to create new artwork and there is a little piece of my soul in every painting. Mother Nature is the best inspiration for my art and being able to create something from that is a gift.

 

Q: What is your painting process? Do you mentally create the images first or just begin to paint and see where it leads?
A: Most of the time I think about the piece first and create a plan. Other times, it’s spontaneous and I like to create as I go.

Q: How long does it usually take you to create one of your paintings?

A: When I have a piece envisioned, it usually takes a few days to finish. But when it’s spontaneous, or as the Italians would say “a la prima,” I can finish within a few hours or so. Sometimes those pieces turn out better than the ones I try to plan.

Q: Where can people find your artwork?jax.fla.

A: Being a local, you can see me and buy my artwork at the First Wednesday Art Walk, North Beaches Art Walk, Riverside Arts Market, the Orange Park Arts Market and the Jax Beach Art Walk. You can also find my art online at viktor-lazarev.pixels.com or saatchiart.com/viktorlazarev.

Q: What impact do you hope to have on those who view your artwork?

A: Love. I want to impact people with love. I want to awaken love in the hearts of those who see my work, regardless of race or religion.

Q: What advice would you give to other local artists?

A: Be yourself, have good basics and constantly learn from your favorite artists. Be original and show people something they have never seen before.

Make sure to #ShareTheLove and stop by the First Wednesday Art Walk on February 1 to see more of Viktor Lazarev’s artwork.

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For more than 15 years, Downtown Vision has had the privilege of serving #DTJax by creating and supporting a vibrant Downtown Jacksonville and by promoting Downtown as an exciting place to live, work, visit and invest. DVI is closely aligned with the City of Jacksonville’s Downtown Investment Authority in a public-private partnership and we focus on four strategic pillars:

  • Clean and Safe/Ambassador Services: In the last fiscal year, our Downtown Clean & Safe Ambassadors logged 22,000 hours to make #DTJax clean and Downtown a better place.
  • Marketing: The #DTJax hashtag reach exceeded 24 million people reinforcing Downtown as the City’s unique epicenter for business, history, culture and entertainment.
  • Information Management: We crunched the numbers to provide statistics and trends on Downtown development, employment, residential, retail, parking and more.
  • Experience Creation: Our produced events drew more than 200,000 people to #DTJax creating lively streets and supporting our small businesses.

Check out our latest Annual Report, which highlights accomplishments, special projects and financial information for fiscal year 2015-2016. Click here to download the PDF.

 

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