July is National Outdoors Month! To the surprise of many, the Jacksonville’s Urban Core is no stranger to outdoor activities. In fact, looking pass the high-rise buildings and architectural gems, downtown Jacksonville is home to not only businessmen, businesswomen, hipsters and musicians; but also outdoor enthusiasts. Though Jacksonville is known for its vast landmass that accounts for the city’s hiking and bike trails, endless beaches and internal waterways perfect for water sports fanatics; little know about the outdoor activities that downtown has to offer. In appreciation of the city’s limitless possibilities, here’s a short list of year-long outdoor activities you’ll find in #DTJax.

Be a TreeHugger

If you’re looking for something unique and low-cost to do with friends and family, look no further than the Treaty Oak Park. Located on the Southbank of the St. Johns River, the 250 year-old tree is a popular spot for family gatherings, outdoor picnics and relaxation in general. In fact, growing up in Jacksonville, some of our locals no doubt have climbed up the branches at one point in their lives.

For the bravehearts, the “octopus-like” tree provides 145 feet of branches for climbing. And if you climb all the way to the tree’s crown, you’ll find a 25 foot nook – perfect for naps and summer reading. If you’re not up for the climb, no worries. Because of the massive size of the tree, it gives visitors roughly 190 feet of shade – a good spot to get out of the Florida heat!

Biking the Riverwalk

Experience the city on a bike. One of the most popular activities in downtown Jacksonville is biking along the St. Johns River. The Northbank Riverwalk is the perfect cycling route to enjoy both an urban scenery and the cool breeze from the river.

The Northbank is a wonderful 2 mile ride between the Jacksonville Landing and the Riverside Arts Market. You will even ride through the Love Locks Bridge – which not only connects the downtown district with Riverside, but also a known spot for couples to symbolize their ‘unbreakable’ love.

For those looking for a longer ride, plan your route with the DTJax Map. You can’t go wrong with the three bridge loop over the Main Street, Acosta and Fuller Warren Bridges!

Paddling Through #DTJax

For the water sports enthusiasts, urban kayaking is a great alternative to exploring the city. It is a unique way to experience both the urban scenery and one of Jacksonville’s natural beauties. The Jacksonville Kayak Company offers guided tours in Downtown Jacksonville, taking off from the River City Brewing Company Marina.

Imagine this: seeing new angles of the city as you paddle under three of Jacksonville’s 13+ bridges, being swept away by the natural pulse of the River City. Though this recreational activity is not for beginners, if you are up for an adventure do not hesitate to book a tour with Jacksonville Kayak Company.

“Run, Forest, Run!”

Aside from cycling, the most common outdoor workout in the downtown district is running. Covering roughly four square-miles, the urban core is a runner’s world. From the riverwalk to the bridges to the hills, a workout junkie can get their full load of cardio while taking in the urban scenery.

The USA Track & Field website offers an extensive list of running routes within the #DTJax boundary – including the Northbank River 5K. If you’re feeling adventurous and up for a challenge, try the Hart Bridge Loop 12K.

Urban Yoga

Looking to de-stress? In the past couple of years, yoga has played a major role in stress management. Stress and anxiety is alive even in Jacksonville where “It’s Easier Here”; which is why free yoga sessions are offered throughout the week.

Unity Plaza in Brooklyn, dubbed as Jacksonville’s “central park”, along with the Winston Family YMCA offers Tuesday and Thursday yoga sessions year-long. With the built-in waterfront and tiered seating, the Unity Plaza is the ideal central spot for sunset yoga.

Now for the early birds looking for a healthy morning start, go further into Riverside and you’ll find yourself in Corkscrew Park commonly known for the weekly Riverside Arts Market. However, little known fact, before the hustle and bustle of the market traffic hits; Hot Spot Yoga’s Namie Rohack leads morning yoga from 9 – 10 a.m. every Saturday.

These are just some of the outdoor activities in Downtown Jacksonville. Explore the city and discover more possibilities – they are endless! For more activities, visit our directory here.

Screen Shot 2018-01-16 at 2.36.48 PMWolf & Cub established themselves as a brand in 2014, but opened in Downtown Jacksonville in June of 2016. The owners, Varick Rosete and Emily Moody-Rosete, are described as “entrepreneurs, artists, and cultural instigators that set out to create a lifestyle brand that epitomizes one’s unique style and individuality”. They commit themselves to this by offering hand-screenprinted T-shirts, jewelry, decorative items, and one-of-a-kind vintage finds to name a few. They proudly offer that the interesting styles found in their boutique can brighten your day and boost your self-esteem.

After their start, Wolf and Cub spent a successful trial as a pop-up shop in Brooklyn Station and soon after, they opened in the Historic Elks Building at 205 North Laura as one of the only boutiques in #DTJax.

 

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In addition to the unique-to-the-boutique screenprinted T-shirts found in Wolf & Cub, they also specialize in small-run custom orders of shirts for events like wedding parties, orteam-building trips. On their website, you can find a form that allows you to inquire about information for a prospective order.

 

 

 

 

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Not only do they offer interesting fashion-finds, but they curate unique floral arrangements for occasions as simple as lighting up your living room coffee table, or as special as your wedding day. You can find the form for an arrangement request here.

 

 

 

 

 

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Wolf & Cub is open for business from 12-5 Tuesday-Friday, and from 12-4 on Saturday, but they stay open to participate in DTJax’s First Wednesday ArtWalk every month, setting out their staple $5 vintage sale bins. In addition to this special sale, they often offer normal business-hour deals on their screenprinted T-shirts and vintage clothing items, that can be found promoted on their Instagram and Twitter accounts, or on the chalkboard that sits outside the boutique.

They commit themselves to maintaining a large presence in Jacksonville, a city that means so much to them. Emily, a Jacksonville native, works in the shop full-time and continuously works to positively affect the downtown culture skills acquired through years of fashion and sales experience, and experience owning and running not only Wolf and Cub, but Five-Points boutique, Anomaly, and the live music venue, Underbelly. Additionally, Varick’s experience as former president of AIGA Jacksonville, co-founder of One Spark, co-founder of nGenWorks, and current Art Director of Tigerlilly brings a vast and varying knowledge of branding and design to the boutique and to Jacksonville. To keep their momentum going, they plan to expand their selection of artists and designers and begin hosting monthly workshops. You can follow the blog on their website that offers in-depth details about current promotions, ArtWalk experiences, and, of course, style.

 

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The countdown to 2018 is on! Before you make New Year’s Eve plans, be sure to check out all of the events going on in #DTJax! From parties to performances, there’s a celebration for everyone.

  • Dec 30 @ 7:30pm: 2017 Jacksonville Light Boat Parade: The holiday season wouldn’t be complete without the Jacksonville Light Boat Parade. Each year, more than 200,000 people line the banks of the St. Johns River to celebrate the holiday season. Seafarers and landlubbers of all ages are sure to be dazzled by the area’s largest lighted boat parade. The night is capped off by a dazzling fireworks display featuring the famous sparkling waterfalls on the bridges of the St. Johns River. zz
  • Dec 30 @ 9 pm: New Year’s Eve Warmup at Myth Nightclub: Free entry all night long featuring $25 bottles of champagne.
  • Dec 31 @ 2 pm: VyStar New Year’s Eve Run: “Run for a Child” by making a $10 donation to Wolfson Children’s Hospital. Every donor will receive a red arm band for a child who is a patient at Wolfson Children’s Hospital. When you cross the finish line of the Vystar 5k, you will know that every step you ran is helping to raise funds to care for sick and injured children.
  • Dec 31 @ 9pm: A Roaring New Years Eve at The Volstead: Swing on by for the biggest night of the year! NYE 2018 is coming up and The Volstead has got you covered (with FREE COVER), plus signature cocktails, a free champagne toast at midnight and dancing the night away with sweet, hot jazz from The Rub. Celebrate Volstead’s four year anniversary and properly send off 2017.
  • Dec 31 @ 10 am: So Long, ’17 Brunch at Candy Apple Cafe & Cocktails: When New Year’s Eve falls on a Sunday, a special celebration is in order. Send off 2017 in delicious style with the whole family at The Candy Apple Café & Cocktails. The restaurant’s daily brunch menu, mimosa flights, mimosa popsicles, and Bloody Marys will be available, as well as other specials.

  • Dec 31 @ 9:30 pm: Toast: A New Year’s Eve Celebration at Cowford Chophouse: Ring in 2018 with Cowford Chophouse! Join them for fireworks, views and a spectacular New Year’s Eve celebration offering a select premium OPEN bar in partnership with Grey Goose, bar snacks and a complimentary glass of champagne at midnight!
  • Dec 31 @ 5 pm: New Year’s Eve Black Tie Masquerade at Myth Nightclub: 4 Rooms of Sound, international DJs, dancers & performers, full VIP experience, red carpet, photo ops, party favors, noise makers, complimentary Masquerade Masks, $5 Stoli martinis, vodka Redbull & jack sours until midnight, open bar and VIP options available.
  • Dec 31 @ 9 pm: New Year’s Eve Concert & Afterparty hosted by the Jacksonville Symphony: Internationally acclaimed performer Tomáš Kubínek brings hilarity and charm to the Symphony stage in a work of grand music, madcap brilliance, and old-world panache. Stay after the concert for the New Year’s Eve After-Party, featuring the Chris Thomas Band! Dancing, champagne, and the best view downtown of the fireworks at midnight. Party tickets are not included with concert ticket and must be purchased separately.
  • Dec 31: The Art of NYE at Downtown Cigar Lounge: December 31st make plans to bring in the New Year with DCL at the Art of NYE 2018 in the Elbow District of Downtown Jacksonville. Featuring party favors, balloon drop, passed hors d oeuvres, and a champagne toast at midnight.
  • Dec 31 @ 9 pm: Southbank NYE at River City Brewing Company: River City Brewing Company is stepping it up another notch this year with the Southbank New Year’s Eve Bash. Not only will the Bar Lounge and Deck be open, the Main Dining Room will be transformed into multiple bars & DJs, a large dance area and VIP seating with Bottle Service. The best deal in town also includes spectacular views of the fireworks, with the St. John’s River & the Downtown skyline as a beautiful back drop!
  • Dec 31 @ 7pm: New Year’s Eve Karaoke Party at Hourglass Pub: No Cover, doors at 7! Karaoke and dance hits all night with your favorite KJ John Bridges. View Downtown fireworks and watch the ball drop and enjoy a champagne toast at midnight!
  • Dec 31 @ 9 pm: Lex Jax VIP New Year’s Eve Party at Lexington Hotel & Conference Center: Ring in the new year at Lexington Hotel & Conference Center’s VIP rooftop deck event! Enjoy butler passed hors d’oeuvres, a free champagne toast and a view overlooking the beautiful St. Johns River. This event is $50 (parking included). So, come out and kick off 2018 the right way! zzz
  • Dec 31 @ 7 pm: Breezy Jazz Club’s Inaugural New Year’s Eve Extravaganza: Breezy Jazz Club will be bringing in the new year with The Famous Doug Carn playing from 9:30pm – 12:30am. Of course they’ll have the countdown before midnight with a complimentary champagne toast for all! There will be several activities throughout the night, starting at 7pm including a 50/50 raffle, giveaways, and more.
  • Dec 31: New Year’s Eve Celebration at The Jacksonville Landing: Downtown Jacksonville is the place to be this New Year’s Eve and The Jacksonville Landing is where to celebrate and ring in 2017! The New Year’s Eve Celebration will feature live music, food, drink specials and fireworks! Best part? This event is free!
  • Dec 31 @ 9 pm: 3rd Annual New Year’s Eve River Bash at The Jacksonville Landing: presented by The Jacksonville Landing and Just A Pinch Cafe & Catering. Everyone wants to be at the epicenter of the NYE Entertainment and now you can! Private VIP access to Jacksonville’s NYE Bash on the River.  Don’t deal with the crowds and enjoy the best views for the fireworks on our balcony or dance the night away while enjoying picturesque views of the historic St John’s River. Get your tickets here for the all-inclusive NYE party for you and your friends to ring in 2017 with music, food, drinks and fireworks!
  • Dec 31 @ 8:30 pm: New Year’s Eve Bash at Unity Plaza with the band Vox: Ring in the New Year at Unity Plaza with the popular band VOX JAX. HOBNOB will have a full cash bar in the plaza.
    Brixx will be open all night. Eat on their patio or take out to the plaza to enjoy the concert. Ticket includes a champagne toast at midnight and $5 towards a purchase of $10 or more at Brixx Wood Fired Pizza.
  • Dec 31: Florida Theatre’s 2017 New Year’s Eve Drawing: Enter to win two tickets to every show in 2018! Tickets are a suggested $20 donation. Buy your ticket online, in the Box Office (904-355-2787 ext 0) or from an usher at a show!
  • Jan 1 @ midnight: City of Jacksonville Fireworks

 

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By Ania Cajuste, DVI Intern

Happy Friday the Thirteenth! What better way to celebrate this spooky day than to update #DTJax on what’s going on for the rest of the scariest month of the year. Here is your guide to all things Halloween. For a full list of all events, please visit our events calendar. 

 

Evil Dead: The Musical

The 5 and Dime Theatre

October 13th, 14th, 16th, 20th, 21st, 27th and 28th

Presented by The 5 & Dime, Vanity Furs and Jacksonville Chiropractic & Acupuncture, Evil Dead: The Musical promises to be a gory, good time. This hilarious live stage show takes all of the elements of the cult classic films, The Evil Dead, Evil Dead 2 and Army of Darkness and combines them. Add amazing music and great choreography, and you’ve got a fun night in #DTJax!

Tickets and information: https://goo.gl/cqKgU3

Photo by: evildeadthemusical.com

Photo by: evildeadthemusical.com

 

1904’s Oktoberfest

1904 Music Hall

October 14th

The iconic #DTJax music venue is bringing in, not one, but two of south Florida’s premier jam bands! The Groove Orient and Come Back Alice are coming to Jacksonville to bring us one monster of a Saturday night.

Tickets and information: https://goo.gl/LqdPU

Photo by: 1904 Music Hall

Photo by: 1904 Music Hall

 

Harry Potter Symphony

Time’s Union Center for Performing Arts 

October 14th 

Watch the wand choose the wizard, the proper way to swish-and-flick and the giant, three-headed dog as the Jacksonville Symphony performs John Williams’ famous score live. Songs include Hedwig’s Theme, The Great Hall Fanfare, Harry’s Wondrous World, Nimbus 2000 and much more.

More information: https://goo.gl/8MNfYr

Photo by: Warner Bros. Entertainment

Photo by: Warner Bros. Entertainment

 

Wizarding Masquerade Ball

Hourglass Pub

October 14th

Dust off your wands and broomsticks! The Hourglass Pub presents A Night at the Leaky CauldronA Wizarding Masquerade Ball. For the fourth year in a row, Hourglass promises a night full of good drinks and good, Harry Potter themed fun. With a cash prize for the best costume, butter beer, a wand making station and vendors selling magical trinkets, this will be an event that even You-Know-Who would enjoy!

More information: https://goo.gl/f9WfiP

Photo by: Hourglass Pub

Photo by: Hourglass Pub

 

Monsters in Space

Museum of Science and History 

October 20th

Should we be afraid of what’s lurking in space? The Museum of Science and History has an entire evening dedicated to answering that very question! Enjoy the hour-long, live demonstration as they discuss the unknown depths of space and the creatures within it.

Tickets and information: https://goo.gl/bDvsor

Photo by: MOSH

Photo by: MOSH

 

Supernatural Sleepover

Museum of Science and History 

October 20th

Enjoy an overnight excursion into the unknown at the Museum of Science and History. The evening will begin with a variety of creepy cocktails, followed by a buffet provided by Taco Lu. The rest of the evening is filled with bone chilling activities, including a spooky scavenger hunt and a tour that tells the haunting history of Jacksonville.

Tickets and information: https://goo.gl/rPW41F

Photo by: MOSH

Photo by: MOSH

 

Rocky Horror Picture Show

Hourglass Pub October 21st, Florida Theatre October 28th and 1904 Music Hall October 31st

Get ready to enjoy all of the comedy, burlesque and drag in the tribute to Richard O’Brien’s masterpiece, The Rocky Horror Show! Bring your red lipstick and watch this live performance that celebrates all things that go bump in the night. With three different venues putting on performances on three different nights, there is no reason not to do the Time Warp dance this year!

Tickets and information for Hourglass Pub: https://goo.gl/Zjby44

Tickets and information for Florida Theatre: https://goo.gl/y7M8nB

Tickets and information for 1904 Music Hall: https://goo.gl/TDoa4Y

Photo by: 1904 Music Hall

Photo by: 1904 Music Hall

 

Dogtastic HOWL-o-Ween Bash

The Jacksonville Landing

October 22nd 

The HOWL-o-Ween Bash presented by Yappy Hour, will feature a pet expo, giveaways, live music, and a Halloween costume contest! Categories include most original costume, scariest costume, best owner and dog duo, cutest costume and best costume overall. This is a free event, open to all dog lovers.

More information: https://goo.gl/pTfGfZ

Photo by: Yappy Hour

Photo by: Yappy Hour

 

Trick or Treat on the Street

Downtown Vision, Inc.

October 31st  

The spooky season is upon us and we want to celebrate with #DTJax employees and families for Halloween. Wear your best costumes and get your fill of candy, coupons, and other promotional goodies from participating businesses. Dust off your capes and fangs, bring a friend, the family, or the whole office. This is one sweet treat you won’t want to miss!

More information: https://goo.gl/LrKppJ

Photo by: DVI

Photo by: DVI

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TEDxJacksonville: “We the People”

Saturday, October 14, 2017
10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
The Florida Theatre
128 E. Forsyth

 
 
 
 
 
 

 “Because you belong, and we have work to do”

The highly anticipated TEDxJacksonville returns to #DTJax this Saturday at the Florida Theatre. This year’s conference brings along a new theme: “We, The People.” with the rallying cry, “We, The People, control our destiny — and we have work to do.”


The TEDxJacksonville website dives deeper into this year’s theme, saying, ” We, The People, are the thinkers, makers, doers and dreamers. We are the pacifists and the renegades, the mob and the masses. We are the inheritors of the past and the hope for the future. Ours is the sweat that builds great cities, the blood that secures freedom, and the strength of spirit that seeks life, liberty and justice for all. We refuse to be defined—we define ourselves. Whether born here, brought here, or drawn here by America’s bright promise, we come to the table of democracy as equals. We possess the same unalienable rights. We are a multitude of voices bearing witness to experiences that are different and unique, finding power in our diversity and common purpose in the struggle to build a more perfect union. We, The People, control our destiny.”

 

For the fourth consecutive year, the conference will be hosted by Hope McMath. This year, TEDxJacksonville brings 13 diverse speakers and 3 musical performances. Speakers include:

  • Cynthia Barnett, environmental journalist and author, speaking about rain and the climate
  • Brenda Bradley, certified health coach, speaking about the prevention of weight gain and illness
  • Amy Donofrio, Jacksonville educator, speaking about the misnomer “at-risk-youth”
  • Shari Duval, local founder of K9s for Warriors, speaking about her program to help veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury
  • Manal Fakhoury, pharmacist and mentor for prisoners, speaking about new ways of addressing opioid addictions
  • Melanie Flores, MIT graduate and educator, speaking about her adapted, child-friendly version of an MIT class
  • Ellen Freidin, attorney and redistricting reform expert, speaking about gerrymandering
  • Jeff Galloway, U.S. Olympian, speaking about new ways for runners to reduce pain and injury
  • Chris Hand, attorney, former speechwriter for Sen. Bob Graham and chief of staff for former Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown, speaking about how to beat City Hall
  • Chad Houser, restaurant founder and culinary trainer, speaking about his internship program for juvenile delinquents
  • Marc Hudson, land protection director at North Florida Land Trust, speaking about eco-utilities that can preserve the environment while creating jobs
  • Alfredo Quinones-Hinojosa, chair of Mayo Clinic Florida’s Department of Neurological Surgery, speaking of his journey from migrant worker to neurosurgeon
  • Jaimison Sloboden, Jacksonville traffic engineer with almost a quarter century of experience, speaking noways to reduce pedestrian and bicycle fatalities in Jacksonville

 
Musicians include:

 

New this year, TEDxJacksonville has partnered with #DTJax restaurants to provide lunch. Lunch is included with the event ticket and is available at these Downtown restaurants:

 

Tickets 

To no surprise, general admission tickets have sold out. You can, however, get on the waiting list for afternoon session tickets here. If you weren’t able to get your hands on a ticket this year, follow their Facebook page and website for updates on 2018. 
 
 
Lend a hand

If you’re interested in volunteering with awesome people to help put on an inspiring event, you can submit your info here

With major development projects on the horizon and more people coming to live and work in Downtown Jacksonville, it has become a great place for entrepreneurs and small businesses to put down roots. There are so many businesses that are unique to DTJax, some that you may have heard of as well as a few hidden gems. “Found in DTJax” is your guide the shops, restaurants and venues that you can find ONLY in Downtown Jacksonville.

 

September Edition: Intuition Ale Works

Exterior 2Intuition Ale Works was founded by owner and brewer Ben Davis in Jacksonville in 2010. Specializing in small-batch handcrafted ales, Intuition’s mission is to create quality, flavorful and creative beers in a wide range of styles. If you’ve ever tried an Intuition beer, you know that this mission is represented well in the taste and quality of their beers. In February 2012, Intuition Ale Works started a massive trend and became the first craft brewery in the state of Florida to can its beers. In September 2016, Intuition completed a large expansion project and now features a rooftop bar, event space and an in-house restaurant – BLKSHP, brought to you by Riverside’s Black Sheep.

A few noteworthy things to check out/try at Intuition:

 

The beer (duh)

The best way to find out what Intuition is all about is to try all of their most popular beers! These beers are the cornerstone of their business and are distributed all over the southeast. Head to the brewery for $2-3 5oz drafts, perfect for sampling. Check out a current list of everything they have on draft here.

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  • Jon Boat Coast Ale: This is a hot Florida day favorite! It is an English golden ale cool-fermented to enhance its crisp and refreshing lager-like characteristics.
  • I-10 IPA: Looking to step up the hops and alcohol percentage? The West Coast comes to Jax with this extremely hoppy, true India Pale Ale.
  • King Street Stout: Imperial stout brewed with two-row malted barley and a variety of roasted and caramel malts.
  • Easy on the Eyes: All of the hops and added alcohol content with a hint of citrus. Easy-drinking, session IPA with a bright citrus aroma from the Centennial and Citra dry-hopping.

 

 

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To-go beers

Yeah you read that right – to-go beers. On weekends you can grab a brew (or a few) and head to a concert at the arena, your tailgate or grab one on your way to the stadium. Just stop by the handy little to-go window and get what you need! The best part? They’re only $3! Add a koozie for just $1 and you’re set.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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There are only a few rooftop bars in Jacksonville so it was super exciting when Intuition decided to add one to the brewery! The rooftop bar is big enough for after-football-game crowds and is equipped with a large three-sided bar and plenty of TVs. Intuition hosts a lot of different events on the rooftop including watch games, yoga sessions and more! Stay up to date on all rooftop happenings, follow them on Facebook.

 

 

 

 

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BLKSHP by Black Sheep

If you’ve ever been to Black Sheep in Riverside, you know why this is exciting. The food is phenomenal and at Intuition, you get a taste of Black Sheep, but on a casual, more affordable level. You can order food and eat it anywhere in the brewery with your favorite beer. Burgers, hot dogs, mac ‘n’ cheese and brisket are just a few of the delicious things they offer. Check out the full menu here.

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Jacksonville Public Library was named ‘2017 Library of the Year’ by the Florida Library Association, and for good reason. The library itself is stunning with four floors with high ceilings and natural light, all set apart by different themes. One floor has an enormous reading room, covered in murals. Another floor is home to the Lewis Ansbacher Map Collection where you can read and study in a room covered in the maps of the collection (it’s amazing, take a virtual tour here). The other floors offer a variety of things like a Small Business Center, Adult Learning Center, every book you could imagine and so much more. One of the most defining features of our library is something that you can’t find at your average library – Jax Makerspace.

Jax Makerspace is a collaborative and creative space for artists, musicians, hobbyists, techies, writers and creatives alike. The goal is to welcome these creators in and allow them to explore, meet new people, create and to give them resources that they might not be able to find elsewhere. Equipped with things like a 3D printer, gallery space, crafting materials and more, it is a great place for inspiration and creation.

Here are just a few things currently available and on display at the Jax Makerspace.

Gallery Space

Screen Shot 2017-08-04 at 12.51.27 PMThe Gallery Space is Jax Makerspace’s “claim to fame”. It is something you would expect to find next-door at MOCA. It’s a large, open space with professional lighting and over a dozen creations on display at any time. The gallery has rotating exhibits, opening a new one every few months. The exhibits that have been displayed have been about so much more than just visual art, they are meant to be conversation starters on bigger issues. For example, “KESHA: A Black Female Experience of Identity and Race” was the first collection on display, exploring black femininity, ethnicity, identity, and stereotypes. “Survive To Thrive: Life Beyond Sexual Violence” is currently on display and will be until October 22. The library hosts several events centered around each exhibit, like panel discussions with the artists, workshops and performances. The Gallery Space has its own events calendar, you can check it out here.

 

3D Printer

Screen Shot 2017-08-04 at 12.46.49 PMThe library recently added a 3D printer to the Makerspace that is available to “rent out”. You can submit projects to be 3D printed and most of them only cost $1 – $3. Find out how to submit a project to be printed here. Don’t know how to create a 3D printing project? The library has a class for that!

 

 

 

Green Screen 

Screen Shot 2017-08-04 at 2.13.29 PMEver wanted to play news anchor, take a selfie “in space” or put yourself in the scene of your favorite movie? That requires a green screen, which most people don’t have regular access to. We’re lucky enough to have a full sized one in the Makerspace! Open to anyone and everyone, all you need is a smart phone. Just follow the directions that they have posted on the wall to create your masterpiece.

 

 

 

 

Poetry Board 

Screen Shot 2017-08-08 at 10.19.36 AMJust to the left of the green screen is a large magnetic black board covered in words and letters to be arranged into poems. It’s a great way to teach the kiddos how to rhyme, an entertaining study or reading break, and a simple way to get creative juices flowing!