Office for Lease in Downtown Duval Supports Community Art Walk

Downtown Jacksonville’s Monthly Art Walk

Our office space for lease in downtown Jax is honored to be a part of such a talented community. On the first Wednesday of each month, DVI hosts an Art Walk. The Art Walk has been a monthly event for over a decade now. It typically occupies over 15 blocks of space with community talent.

Over 40 galleries, museums, restaurants, and other businesses participate in the community event. There are street performers, live music, and various other visual and performing art pieces to enjoy. It’s only a four hour event but attracts about 5,000 art enthusiasts each event! It’s the perfect event to bring the community together, and for members of the community to show/perform their talents.

This Month’s Art Walk Details

As one could guess, this month’s theme was “St. Paddy’s” Day! At the event, JFRD Pipes & Drums, Aisling Grove, and First Coast Wind Symphony performed live music. The Lark, a multi-use space for local artists, was open for the community to walk through. Jacksonville public library even participated by “painting the town Green”. The library hosted a Green Marketplace Live which was a unique trade show for green businesses. Gili’s Kitchen, Super Food & Brew, and Food Truck Valley made food for all the hungry attendees. Everyone had a great time!

In addition to those listed above, there were many other vendors and venues open and participating in the event including; MOCA Jacksonville, Hemming Plaza Jewelers, Visit Jacksonville, and more! For more information and to keep up with details/specs on each art show follow Downtown Jacksonville Art Walk on Facebook. Or, visit their website: https://downtownjacksonville.org/first-wednesday-art-walk/.

While Downtown, Check Out Our Available Office Space for Lease

While you wait for the next art show, you can find our available space by searching these keywords in Google:

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Give us a call to schedule a walkthrough today! (904)-479-6202

Our Jacksonville Office Space Is Across From the World of Nations 2020 Event this Weekend

World of Nations Event 2020

Our Jacksonville office space is available for rent right across from the lot where the World of Nations 2020 event is happening!

This event is held annually in downtown JAX. It showcases the diversity that exists within our community. On average, there are about 75,000 people who attend the event each year. Of which, 12,000 of the 75,000 are children visiting on school trips. Everyone comes together to dance, share food and enjoy a day of cultural learning!

More specifically, guests can “travel the world” together. First, stop at China to share a plate of food. Then, travel to India to dance off those calories. Each country has a flag on display so you know “where in the world” you are. There are plenty of foods to try, artworks to behold and traditions to learn about. At each station you’ll find at least one person speaking the country’s official language. Put your skills to the test by trying to hold a conversation with them!

After traveling to each country, be sure to relax and watch the parade of flags float by. Each country will dress individuals in traditional clothing, carry their flag and greeting everyone in their native language. It’s taking place all weekend long right across from the beautiful Downtown Duval Building!

This years list of participating countries include:

  • Bahamas
  • Cambodia
  • China
  • Columbia
  • Costa Rica
  • Cuba
  • Dominican Republic
  • Ethiopia
  • Ghana
  • Haiti
  • India
  • Jamaica
  • Japan
  • Mexico
  • Morocco
  • Native America
  • Nigeria
  • Palestine
  • Peru
  • Philippines
  • Poland
  • Puerto Rico
  • South Africa
  • Spain
  • St. Lucia
  • Taiwan
  • Trinidad
  • Turkey
  • US Virgin Islands
  • Venezuela
  • Vietnam

*For more information on the event check out World of Nation’s Facebook page*

Need help finding our office space available?

Visit our website downtownduval.com, search “Downtown Duval Building” on social media, or call us at 904.479.6202.

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Project Cold Case- 5th Year Anniversary

Project Cold Case’s 5th Year in Existence

The Downtown Duval Building is honored and excited to announce the 5th anniversary for one of our tenants, Project Cold Case. This past weekend, they held an event to celebrate their anniversary and over 160 people were in attendance to show their support. This was a record turnout for any Project Cold Case event. The event grossed over $21,000! The non-profit will use these donations to continue to help any family that happens to find themselves facing a cold case file.

What is a Cold Case?

You may be asking, what is a cold case? A cold case, as defined by dictionary.com, is “an unsolved criminal investigation which remains open pending the discover of new evidence”. Unfortunately, there are nearly 185,000 cases of homicide and non-negligent manslaughter that have gone unsolved from 1980 to 2008. Which means, cold case files affect nearly two-hundred thousand families.

How Project Cold Case Came About

One person directly affected by a cold case file is Ryan Backmann. A burglar shot Ryan’s father, Cliff, during a robbery on October 10th, 2009. Cliff was working a side job at the time for extra income to support his wife of 24 years, who was sadly dying of cancer. Within the first year following his father’s death, Ryan left his architectural career to become a victim’s advocate. About 15 months after the incident, a detective approached Ryan and his family. The detective explained that they had run out of leads, no tips had come in (despite an enhanced $13,000 reward), and the case was being “suspended”. In other words, Cliff Backmann’s case was now a cold case. Despite the horrific news, Ryan continued to serve as an advocate for other families of homicide victims until December 2014.

In January 2015, Ryan took an even bigger role advocating for families of homicide victims. With deep passion and a razor-thin budget of $1,000 and Ryan began his nonprofit, Project Cold Case. It all started as a means to educate the public about cold cases by publicizing the individuals effected using the internet and social media.

Despite limited resources, Ryan created a website that was initially designed to share photos of cold case victims. This let families know their loved ones were not forgotten and that people cared. Families then started to submit their cold case files, so Project Cold Case added a database to the website. The database began to list murder cases that covered a wide range of years. Which led to Project Cold Case working closely with law enforcement agencies across the country. With this added cooperation, families began to receive more support than ever before.

Project Cold Case Today

Over the past five years, they have grown to support three full-time employees. They also established their permanent location in an office space at the Downtown Duval building. The building is located in downtown Jacksonville just three blocks from the Sheriff’s office. The nonprofit also utilizes interns from the University of North Florida as well as community volunteers. These interns and volunteers help with various tasks, including updating the website.

The website now features the faces of over 700 unsolved murder victims. The added database houses information on 23,000 cold cases, including over 5,000 from Florida alone. Each week, the website provides a few “Cold Case Spotlights”. These featured cases are typically cases that have been out of the public’s eye for quite some time. Along with the featured “Spotlight” cases, local news stations partnered with Project Cold Case to help promote awareness. Any killer not caught is free to harm other citizens.

Project Cold Case provides assistance to law enforcement in various ways. The nonprofit helps with advocacy training, conference presentations and participating in the Florida Sheriff’s Association Cold Case Advisory Commission. To date, 18 cases featured on the website have been solved.

The Event

As previously mentioned, this past weekend a fundraiser was held to honor Project Cold Case’s fifth year of existence. Of the 160 people in attendance, many were the family members of victims listed on the site. There was also representation from law enforcement from multiple Sheriff offices, including: Jacksonville, Clay County, Alachua, and Seminole County. Included were also various police departments from all over florida, including: Orlando, Seminole, and Lake City. Even retired FBI, the State Attorney’s Office 4th Judicial Circuit, retired NCIS, retired DEA and a Florida Department of Law Enforcement DNA analyst attended the event. The nonprofit had great support from UNF with three professors, two interns, and a handful of students making an appearance. The mayor of Atlantic Beach came out to join as well. It was the largest event thus far for Project Cold Case and was very successful at that!

More Information

If you missed the event, don’t worry. You can watch on Facebook or check out their website: https://www.projectcoldcase.org/. On the website, you can submit a case, donate to the nonprofit and see their database of cold case files. If you have other questions, comments or concerns you can reach the nonprofit by emailing them at: info@projectcoldcase.org.