According to a series of studies by the Northeast Florida Center for Community Initiatives at UNF, the arts and culture industry contributed over $66 million to Jacksonville’s economy in 2011. With the help of One Spark, this number could increase exponentially over the next few years. Imagine people traveling from across the country and around the world to come to Jacksonville. Think the World’s Fair for the 21st century, and it could be right here in little old Jacksonville.
One Spark is a 5-day event scheduled for April 2013, where creators of all sorts will converge to share their innovations, ideas, and projects with the public – and with each other. This is an opportunity for Downtown Jacksonville to come alive — and for artists to inspire and be inspired! Take a look at the video below, then hop on over to the One Spark Kickstarter project and donate a couple of dollars. The project only have 6 more day to reach its goal. If the people of Jacksonville do not support this, it will NOT happen.
From Elton Rivas, about the One Spark festival, April, 2013:
What we also realized was that we will be the world’s first crowdfunding festival. The first place where the public has a chance to support tomorrow’s ideas, today. In real-time, and in person.
One Spark will bring artists, technologists, scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs, and the public together for 5 days. During One Spark 2013 each of these folks will share prototypes, experiments, and projects in a really cool way by using downtown Jacksonville as a platform. Any place can be a venue (parking lots, businesses, restaurants, parks, etc.). Anyone can enter.
We’re coming down to the wire on this Kickstarter campaign and are just under 70% of the way there for our $90,000 mark. As you know, this is a critical piece of the puzzle for One Spark. It’s about momentum over money at this point. Let’s not waste this opportunity.
I care deeply about the potential of the city, as do you – and even more about the people, like you, in our community. After traveling a lot this past year, we decided to try and do something to help the city. While the goal of One Spark is not economic development, there is no doubt that the by-product of an event with impact similar to that of something between Jazz Fest and the Superbowl will help fill space in our city.
We’re asking people to contribute via http://beonespark.com/kickstarter and contribute as little as $10 and share with this campaign with your networks. In reality, if just 1% of Jacksonville shows up and donates just $10. We’ll raise more than enough money to make this happen.
This isn’t an easy task and time is running out, but I believe that you and our collective community want to see this event happen.