The Campus Voice Highlights One Spark Creators

By Jamie Nelson and Connor St. George

One Spark ended one week ago, but for hundreds of creators who leveraged the force of the world’s largest crowdfunding festival to realize their visions or increase their public exposure, the work continues.

Over 320,000 people made their way downtown over the course of the six-day festival to take in the local attractions, enjoy good food and vote or contribute to their favorite creators.

The Campus Voice worked continuously over the week to bring you select creator coverage. Here are seven creators and some video highlights from One Spark you’ll want to know about.

 

Print Studio Jax:

Print Studio Jax is a printmaking collective based out of Jacksonville, Florida. At One Spark, they embarked on an ambitious “Occupied Structure” project to create the world’s longest relief print. The print was created on-site and lowered out of windows in a vacant high-rise.

Professor Patrick Miko of Florida State College at Jacksonville, who oversaw the project at One Spark, has plans to eventually “open up a facility in Jacksonville where people can learn printmaking.”

For more information, check here

IVY:  

“It’s Facebook for what’s around you,” said Will Reed, Ivy CTO and founder. The new social network launched about a month and a half ago, and already they’ve secured 1,000s of downloads.

With so many other socially oriented apps on the marketplace, Ivy is working hard to carve out its niche. Large public gatherings and festivals like One Spark appear to be especially suited to what Ivy hopes to accomplish. “Everybody here at One Spark will see it in their feed,” Reed said.

For more information, check here

I Still Matter presents Inside Out exhibit:

Years ago, Carmen Marino was walking through a Publix Googling ways to kill herself. She passed through her moment of crisis, and resolved to take action.

“A couple of years ago, I decided to create an art group,” said Marino. Every month at Art Walk, she would set up an area for people to draw or paint. In addition to the therapeutic properties of creating art, Marino also sought to use her group to reduce the stigma surrounding mental illness. “What’s on the outside isn’t what’s on the inside,” she said.

I Still Matter hopes to continue growing in the Jacksonville community, eventually seeking to partner with Hemming Park and establish themselves as a nonprofit.

For more information, check here

Pledgerunner:

Anna and John Arterberry, a husband and wife duo, founded Pledgerunner–a new kind of crowdfunding for charity that utilizes kinetic energy to effect change. Specifically, they hope to “decentralize the marathon.”

The couple hails from California, and they stopped at the Austin, Texas based South by Southwest festival before arriving in Jacksonville for One Spark. “Florida has been very receptive,” said Mr. Arterberry.

Using Pledgerunner, people will be able to harness their exercise routines–whether it be cycling, running, walking, hiking or some form of indoor gym regimen–to contribute to charities. They’ve established a trinity of sponsors, donors and fundraisers to streamline the process and to “remove all constraints,” said Mrs. Arterberry.

“I was homeless 20 plus years ago. This is a way to say thank you,” he said

For more information, check here

Water Me Green:

Water Me Green is a project centered on growing produce in urban areas with specially designed aeroponic tower gardens.

Elishia Sosa, co-founder, hopes to construct at least 100 tower gardens in Downtown Jacksonville to grow community accessible produce. “Bringing the farm here to Downtown Jacksonville is going to be part of the revitalization of the downtown area,” she said.

For more information, check here

Ready Fresh Foods:

Ready Fresh Foods is a meal delivery company that targets people on-the-go–students, parents, businesses, event catering and busy families. The service can deliver across the entire Jacksonville area.

“You don’t have to cook fancy or complicated masterpieces, just good food from fresh ingredients,” said an employee of the company.

For more information, check here

Wonderland Productions:

Wonderland Productions is working to establish a studio in the downtown area to facilitate art and expression for kids, the disabled and existing artists.

In recent years, due in part to the volatile state of the economy, many schools have cut out their art classes and other creative programs. Wonderland Productions hopes to change that. “Art should never suffer because of money,” said Ricky Horton, founder.

For more information, check here

 

 

 

 

 

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