ART REPUBLIC: The Creative Intervention in Jacksonville

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Article from EU Jacksonville. Written by local artist Joanelle Mulrain.

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From Jacksonville’s genesis as an early 20th century cultural destination for film and music, there is a move afoot to enhance and designate the Downtown Urban Core as a nationally recognized Art District by visionary Jessica Santiago, founder of the non-profit organization Art(Re)Public and owner of and consultant-curator for Wall Street Fine Art (207 N. Laura Street). Under the guidance of philanthropist and art patron Preston Haskell, the event’s title sponsor, the Downtown Art District (or DAD) will explode onto the art and culture scene in Jacksonville with a laser focus to further position Downtown as the center a multi-day arts expo on November 11-13.

With sponsors such as The Haskell Company, Pilot Pens, and Estee Lauder curated world-renowned, national, and regional mural artists will be changing the visual landscape of the Urban Core. This will be a big impact for the community and future investors in Jacksonville’s renaissance of new breweries, new restaurants, and a renewed spirit of success for the future.

Jessica Santiago, Founder of Art(Re)Public

Through the promotion of artistic expression and artists coming together with a critical mass of emerging artists, world-class performers, and cultural creatives, Art(Re)Public intends to “disrupt the status quo, and catalyze economic growth in Jacksonville’s urban core,” states Jessica Santiago.

Santiago has the passion and purpose to redesign the way we think of monolithic huge murals on a variety of blank walls in the Urban Core hoping to result in new conversations about how art can change lives and influence people to live, work, and play in Downtown Jacksonville. Together with a dedicated support team and a significant group of sponsors, Art(Re)Public will unleash a three-day mural and art expo right here in Jacksonville.

“Art(Re)Public provides a unique opportunity to focus simultaneously upon two of our city’s most important values: downtown development and arts and culture,” states Preston Haskell.

“Acclaimed mural artists will vibrantly and colorfully paint the blank facades of several downtown buildings, resulting in a focus upon and appreciation of art in our downtown for years to come. And Art(Re)Public’s November weekend of tours, social and dining events, artist talks, and lectures will give art lovers and downtown advocates opportunities to interact, to learn, and to share ideas, further advancing both arts and downtown.”

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