One Spark drumming up excitement for five-day event

One Spark drumming up excitement for five-day event

Street performer David Ferman, a graduate of The Bolles School and a marketing freshman at the University of Florida, uses self-taught juggling skills to entertain attendees at the One Spark Townhall Meeting

Local band Four Families contributing to new mobile app

One Spark – calling itself “The world’s crowdfunding festival” – is promoted as a five-day event for creators, artists, entrepreneurs and innovators (collectively, “creators”). It’s been talked about in the media since last September. It has managed to raise a quarter of a million dollars in crowd funding and is looking at a potential $1 million investment by Jaguars owner Shahid Khan.

Currently, creators have registered from 15 countries and from 16 states in the U.S. One Spark co-founder and executive director Elton Rivas is busy lining up world renowned speakers and is anticipating over 500 creators will present their ideas at 65 venues in a 26-square block grid downtown.
At One Spark’s second townhall meeting last month, an estimated audience of 250 was given a preview of a few of the creators who will be looking for crowd votes and donations during the Apr. 17-21 event.

Larry Wilson, a clay and wood sculptor who has a studio at the CoRK Arts District, will display at the Jacksonville Main Library in hopes of attracting enough votes to purchase a larger, front-loading kiln.

Angel Torres is seeking funding for Aurora, an immersive mobile app that streams the music of local artists, wherever you travel. Locally, the band Four Families will be contributing original instrumental tracks to the mobile soundtrack-to-the-city app that will launch at the One Spark event. The orchestral indie rock band is sponsored by local craft brewery Intuition Ale Works and performs alongside national touring acts at venues in Jacksonville. Other selected artists submissions for Aurora include Radical Face, RickoLus and Jeremiah Johnson.
An entertainment district is planned between Ocean and S. Liberty Streets from E. Adams to Coastline Drive, for evening activities – including live music and street performers – beginning at 8:30 p.m. and going into the wee hours of the morning. If you’re interested in becoming a One Spark volunteer, visit

By Kate A. Hallock
Resident Community News

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