#DTJax Awards: Jessica Santiago, Downtowner of the Year

Left to Right: Jake Gordon, Jessica Santiago, Numa Saisselin

The Downtowner of the Year Award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated leadership and has gone above and beyond to support a vibrant Downtown in 2020. Jessica Santiago is an individual who has captured culture, change and cultivation in the community, thus making her the perfect candidate to receive this honorable award.

Jessica is the CEO and Curator of ArtRepublic Global. Through ArtRepublic, Jessica is dedicated to assisting artists to thrive, by offering them access to today’s top technological resources. Jessica launched ArtRepublic’s Lift Every Voice project in 2020 as a way for artists of color to showcase their victories and struggles in Jacksonville. Over a dozen new works of art were installed through this project and has allowed for the communities diverse identity to become more visible. You can’t miss Jessica’s work through the ArtRepublic because it has touched nearly every block of Downtown.

We truly believe that Jessica is a champion of the Arts and people here is Downtown Jacksonville. The empowerment and love behind these works of art is something that has already impacted our city. Thank you, Jessica and congratulations!

Click here for more information on the ArtRepublic Global.

Learn more about the #DTJax Awards here.

Downtown Vision Jacksonville Awards 2020 from Birdman Filmworks on Vimeo.