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Downtown’s Newest Art Project: “Lift Every Voice”

Author: Alexandra LaRocque, Downtown Vision Marketing and Events Assistant

“Lift Every Voice” is the newest art project happening in #DTJax. Art Republic has teamed up with Jessie DuPont Center to make this dream a reality. Local and regional artists have had the opportunity to showcase their art work in a large-scale way through “Lift Every Voice”. The end goal of the project is to put forward representation to under-represented groups throughout the community, featuring culturally appropriate pieces of art. Thus, not only encouraging members of our community throughout their daily life but also inspiring them in endless ways. While art is a silent language, these pieces have already made lots of noise.

Featured within some of these pieces are people who have accomplished great things here in North Florida and specifically right here in Jacksonville. These pieces have the opportunity to impact generations to come.

Esperanza

“Esperanza” is a piece created by an artist with the name of Alexis Diaz. The inspiration behind this incredible piece is the hardships surrounding immigration laws that Latin Americans face in the US today. The piece represents unity, love, peace, kindness, faith and hope being basic human rights that we all deserve.

Legends

Zora Neale Hurston and Ebony Payne English are the two woman featured in the beautiful work above. The artist behind this piece is Celso. Zora Neale Houston is known as the Queen of The Harlem Renaissance. Houston was a successful author, anthropologist and filmmaker. English was also a woman of many talents including her work as a poet, author, performer and educator. Both being highly inspirational and successful women.

“This piece is about the pursuit of dreams and the great power to be discovered in self when we all let go of our egos.” – Christoper Parsons

Downtown features many more inspirational pieces within this project. We hope that you can make your way over to #DTJax to soak in the beauty of these pieces in person.