Public Art Week (PAW) is an annual, week-long initiative that celebrates Jacksonville’s public art and highlights the benefits that are created when investments are made in art that is accessible by all. It is led by the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville to encourage residents and visitors to explore and engage with works of art that comprise Jacksonville’s rapidly developing artistic and creative landscape. In addition to advancing the community’s awareness of, and engagement with, the City of Jacksonville’s official public art collection, PAW also showcases public art initiatives led by private entities and individuals.
PAW supports the Cultural Council’s role of ensuring broad accessibility and public engagement with the arts culturally, socially, educationally, and economically. It also supports the Cultural Council’s role of advocating for public and private financial support for Jacksonville’s arts and cultural sector.
This year PAW was presented by JEA and the theme was Building a Better Community. We partnered with 25 different organizations to present programming throughout Jacksonville's diverse neighborhoods. Our partners included:
We enlisted the help of Toni Smailagic with Cre8Jax to document the week. Below are some of the faces and moments he captured.
Phoenix Arts District Walking Tour
Ari Gaskin and Christy Frazier led a walking tour around the Phoenix Arts District to showcase newly painted murals as a result of the Phoenix Rising Festival. Murals were created by artists from Jacksonville, Florida and Atlanta, Georgia.
Building Business and Community Through Investments in the Arts
Building Business and Community Through Investments in the Arts was a panel and luncheon held at Jacksonville University and the Davis College of Business. This event was sponsored by Regions Bank. Attendees heard how investments in the arts are being used to advance corporate missions both regionally and nationally. Industry leaders provided insights about their strategic investments in the arts and how these investments have built their businesses and the communities they serve.
Springfield Sculpture Walk
Jenny Hager-Vickery, Lance Vickery, and Springfield Preservation and Revitalization Council led a walking tour of the temporary sculpture exhibit located in Klutho Park. Sculptures are on loan from national artists and on exhibit for two years.
Downtown Jacksonville Art Walk
On the first Wednesday of every month, Downtown Vision hosts Downtown Jacksonville Art Walk, a free event that offers the public an opportunity to engage with artists and arts organizations. The event always includes visual art, literary art, performing art, and the culinary arts.
Public Radio Takes on Public Art
WJCT hosted a GenListen event centered around news and podcast stories that examined themes and concepts related to public art and how we as a society define and value art.
Street Art in LaVilla
Art Republic hosted a luncheon and walking tour for members of Leadership Jacksonville. The tour focused on murals that were painted in LaVilla during AR's 2017 initiative.
District of Soul
Northwest Jacksonville Community Development Corporation has identified three potential locations for public art along Moncrief Road and Myrtle Avenue in the 32209 zip code. They hosted an information session to highlight elements of the first phase of the public art initiative, which includes a mural on their building's exterior facade facing Myrtle Avenue and introduced to the public Christopher Clark and Tatiana Kitchen, the artist duo who will lead the initiative.
Public Art in the Urban Core
Staff members from the Cultural Council's Art in Public Places department led a walking tour of public art that can be found in the urban core. Along the way, the group was joined by several public artists and Jessica Santiago of Art Republic.
Hope and History Mural Project
UNF's Center for Urban Education and Policy held an event at the Eastside Brotherhood to announce an upcoming mural that will depict events that transpired in Jacksonville during the 1960s Civil Rights movement. The mural will represent how modern day high school students interpret Ax Handle Saturday and will then transition to their hopes and aspirations for Jacksonville moving forward.
Party in the Park
Friends of Hemming offered participatory programs in Hemming Park throughout the entire week. On Friday, they hosted a dedication ceremony for two new JTA Skyway columns painted by public artist Cecilia Lueza. The event also served to acknowledge Public Art Week sponsors. Included in the event were food trucks, live performances, and artist vendors.
Dream Big Mural Project
Student artist from James Weldon Johnson Middle School, alongside their art teacher, Amanda Holloway, collaborated with artists Nadia Ramoutar, Roosevelt Watson, Scotty Briggs, and Ryan McNair to create a public art project on the facade of Knopf & Sons Bindery, located at the intersection of E 8th Street and Florida Ave. Residents of the adjacent neighborhood have been invited to participate in the creative process.
Sugar Hill Mosaic Project
Groundwork Jacksonville commissioned RouxArt to create and install a mosaic along the S-Line under the I-95 overpass near the intersection of N Davis Street and W 14th Street. Residents from the adjacent neighborhood have been encouraged to participate in the creative process. The mosaic is slated to be installed in the Spring of 2018.
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