Photos: Duval Eats, Lettuce Grow

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ENGAGE Event Postponed due to Hurricane Matthew

As you may have noticed, there's this obnoxious jerk named Matthew who's who's invited himself to our TEDx event. Given that Matthew is planning on bringing his friends high winds and flooding with him, we've decided to postpone and reschedule this weekend's TEDxFSCJ. This means that the main event this week on Saturday, 10/8, has been cancelled. Please do not show up at the Downtown Campus on Saturday morning - stay home and stay safe.

Once Hurricane Matthew has passed us we'll work on rescheduling our event, and we hope you'll be able to join us on our new date and time, which we should announce sometime next week. We recognize that postponing this event is frustrating and disappointing, but as Floridians we all know that there is simply no arguing with Mother Nature. She always wins. 

Take care of yourselves over the next few days. We want you safe and well and in the audience for TEDxFSCJ once Hurricane Matthew has ceded center stage and we can turn our attention back where it belongs - on you and our fabulous speakers.

Main Event Speaker Preview

It's been a busy week for the TEDxFSCJ Design Strategy team!  We've been interviewing our main event speakers to learn more about what they'll be sharing with us on October 8th.  We'll be sharing these interviews with all of you on social media in the coming weeks, but we thought we'd give you a little sneak peek at a few of the fascinating people we've met so far.  (Travis Pinckney even brought his own adorable audience!)

Photos: Art (Re)Defines Us

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Art (Re)Defines Us: From the Host

Why is the topic of this event important to you?

Art exercises a tremendous influence over our personal identity and public values.  Learning to understand, appreciate, and strengthen that influence enriches our lives as individuals, but also and equally important, it helps us take greater responsibility for the character of our communities and determine whether and to what extent our public artistic and cultural spaces embody the principles we profess.

This is what initially sparked my interest in hosting a salon on art and community, but my interest has been spurred on by many of the fascinating, provocative conversations that have taken place in Jacksonville over the past year.  On WJCT’s Community Thread with Melissa Ross, for example, I saw some great conversations about downtown development and arts education.  This summer, I attended the opening of the Cummer Museum’s exhibit, LIFT: Contemporary Reflections on the African American Experience.  I also had the opportunity to attend several public conversations about the exhibit and the subject of race and art, most notably the conversations hosted by Nyah Vanterpool of UNF’s OneVoice.  All of these conversations generated such passion, such engagement, such thoughtful exploration of injustice and hope, inequality and courage, that I simply felt compelled to explore this topic myself.  Continuing this ongoing conversation about how art embodies our shared democratic values seems to me to be a kind of debt we owe to our forebears and fellow citizens, a great unfinished work requiring renewed dedication and engaged devotion.

I’m especially excited that TEDxFSCJ will be partnering with MOCA Jacksonville to host this salon.  This partnership signals the first in what will ultimately be many examples of collaboration between TEDxFSCJ and the wider community.  The spirit of TED and TEDx thrives when it engages real communities, real people, and real issues with passion, dedication, and rigor, and that’s what I hope this salon will help to further.


- Paul Hendrickson