at 851 N Market St, Jacksonville, 32202 United States
The Artery is a grassroots organization to realize a creative arts center in downtown Jacksonville Florida within the Old Duval County Armory building located off Market and State Streets.
The Art League of Jacksonville, Inc., The Art Center Cooperative, Inc. and The Performers Academy, Inc. are non-profits dedicated to arts education and engagement. These organizations have come together with a unique idea to revitalize the property known as the Armory located at 851 North Market Street, in downtown Jacksonville. The property mentioned above sits dormant in a state of suspended disrepair. For over forty years, the building served as the City’s principal public facility for entertainment/social events, such as an address by first lady Eleanor Roosevelt, dances, boxing matches, and concerts by renowned singers. The Department of Recreation and Public Affairs began using the building in 1973, where it remained the headquarters for the City’s parks and recreation system until 2010. In 2013, the non-profits listed above formed a partnership in the form of the Founder’s Committee. This committee seeks to petition the city for the use of the building in order to create a unified public center for the arts, nicknamed “the Artery”. Each of these organizations represent unique arts-centric offerings to the communities in and around the metropolitan areas of Jacksonville. Cultural events are great for downtown Jacksonville, but providing a daily cultural destination in the heart of the city through on-going arts activities and a functioning gallery is immense as it would pay ongoing dividends in the cause of revitalizing downtown. Adding resources for downtown visitors and residents in a time when budgets are slashed would bring the city a victory in the minds of many residents. This goal has led to the expansion of focus to encompass a facility similar to The Torpedo Factory, a successful consolidated arts center in Alexandria, Virginia. Once the center has been realized, the plan for this facility to be open and accessible to other groups and non-profits to facilitate their needs offers even greater impact. This partnership would offer the city access to the facility to support Jacksonville cultural events, helping to fulfil the goals established through the JAX2025 process. The committee has elected to pursue development of a broad reaching art center focusing on: • Arts education for citizens in the area • Professional development and sales, jobs and gallery opportunities for local artists • Development of theatrical and performing arts for local children and adults • Hosting of continuous visual and performing arts shows • Providing of rental studio space and performance venue for local artists and groups During some initial meetings, The Founder’s Committee came to the decision that the Armory on State and Market streets could satisfy this need. The group has toured the facility and while considerable work will need to be done to the facility to complete our final goal, incremental improvements will be done that will allow us to open the facility in phases to achieve our goals. The large space within the Armory is especially suited for our planned needs. A study was recently done for the city of Alexandria concerning the value of the Torpedo Factory to its economic and civic viability. While we realize the connections are not directly related to our start-up of this project the similarities and vision are connected in very tangible ways. This report is readily available as an addendum to this media kit for review upon request.
1317 FB users likes The Artery, set it to 3 position in Likes Rating for Jacksonville, Florida in Community organization category
We're looking forward to partnering with a marketing class at Jacksonville University for a special project this semester!
Great meeting with our Advisory Board today to discuss future plans for The ARTery! Thanks to everyone who attended and thanks to the folks at the Historic Springfield Community Learning Center for hosting the meeting!
Thanks to the Jacksonville community for showing tremendous support for the arts over the past several days. Keep it up! #IStandWithMoca #MoreArts #DTJax #actionville
We've had a very busy October. We have had meetings with Dr. Gaffney and Bill Bishop to review what we found out during the AIA charrette. We've also met with a lot of people from the City's Public Works Division from Jim Robinson, the Director, to the heads of Engineering, Historical Preservation, Real Estate, City Properties getting better insight as to the City's plan for the building and what went into their 2011 cost estimate for refurbishing. We've also had another meeting with LISC to discuss funding strategies and had a very productive meeting with Preston Haskell, who really liked the project concept. The AIA also just sent us their final report from the charrette. Some great information and some new cost estimates. Flood control has emerged as the No.1 item we need to tackle. All felt the building shell was in pretty good shape, but there will need to be a lot of systems work, ie. electrical, heating and A/C and we need to mitigate all the Hazmat issues. I think it's fair to say that with the AIA involvement we now know more about the Armory than nearly anyone else in town.
Thanks to our friends for helping us reach 1,200 likes! The first person to tell us their favorite local artist or performer will win special tickets to tonight's Jaxtoberfest!
What an exciting afternoon. It was so great to see all these professionals so excited about a project. We had all different kinds of expertise involved, just what we needed. There were people that could not only review our design and usage plans, but we had people that could look at the electrical and water systems, the foundations and structural aspects of the Armory. We also had a visit from Dr. Gaffney, who was very pleased with the level of AIA and ABC participation. At the end of the tour they all wished they could have copies of the original architectural plans, rather than just the later revision plans we had from the 70's. Well, it turned out that Kathryn had done some investigation over at the Historical Preservation Dept and found some of them. Right after the tour we headed to the Ed Ball building and took photos of all the plans and have now sent them to the architects for tomorrow's charrette.These prints were exactly what they were looking for to help assess the structure and some of the hidden places we couldn't get too.