Painter, illustrator and muralist, Shaun Thurston is a professional artist who wants nothing more than to see more public art on the walls of Jacksonville. For the purposes of One Spark he set his goal at raising money to paint 20 murals over the course of the following year.
Since his project could not be confined to one venue, Shaun met with businesses and property owners to secure a wall on which he could demonstrate his craft and the power of a mural to transform a previously unattractive space. He also printed out flyers with his work that promised more murals with the necessary funding allowing attendees to decide whether or not to effectively allocate funds to be used for more public art.
Shaun suggests not going overboard with expenses that you plan on being reimbursed for. He likens a project to a "thumbnail" in that it is a concept or idea, not necessarily a final product. If your idea is capital-intensive, consider creative ways of demonstrating it that will allow you to raise funds to further develop or execute the project itself. "Give them something they can bite on to and support," he says.
Muralist Shaun Thurston transformed downtown's blank spaces and walls in order to raise money to do more of just that throughout the city.
Aurora used creative promotions to launch their local music discovery app at One Spark to raving reviews.
One Spark provided the motivation for Erica to take her idea public and walk away with financial capital, relationships and knowledge that helped her refine her concept.
Trey Hebron & Grant Nielsen
Seeking to highlight the developing nightlife scene of downtown Jacksonville, Trey and Grant used One Spark to launch The Elbow.
The health and fitness gurus of Fresh used One Spark to expand their business idea from a market vendor into a brick and mortar storefront.
Kona School founder, James Smith assembled a team of volunteers to showcase his innovative learning model and walked away with the most individual contributions at One Spark 2013.
Rethreaded leveraged the community and creative promotions to generate the most votes overall at One Spark 2013 for their project that helps victims of the sex trade recover from lives of abuse.
Several local organizations teamed up to launch a mobile app at One Spark that highlights the sights and scenes of the Jacksonville Riverwalk.
Mark and his minions created an interactive performance installation showcasing the use of woodblock prints.
Garry Patrick McElwee