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Downtown Vision named recipient of a 2017 Award of Excellence by the International Downtown Association for The First Wednesday Art Walk

Published Thursday, October 12, 2017
During its 63rd Annual Conference and Tradeshow in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada last month, the International Downtown Association (IDA) recognized Downtown Vision with a 2017 Downtown Achievement Award of Excellence for its First Wednesday Art Walk. 
The IDA Award of Excellence acknowledges innovative best practice entries that exceeded the juror criteria. A well-loved monthly event in Downtown Jacksonville, the First Wednesday Art Walk has promoted local artists and Downtown businesses for more than 14 years. To attract diverse audiences and different areas of the community, Art Walk is essentially re-designed every month, under the same basic location and parameters, in partnership with local artists, businesses, non-profits and the City of Jacksonville. Art Walk was one of many qualified entries in the category of events and programming, which features initiatives that improve the image and vitality of downtowns.
“Downtown Vision’s project received the IDA Award of Excellence for conducting innovative best practice work in the industry of urban place management,” said David Downey, IDA President and CEO. “The First Wednesday Art Walk is a shining example of excellent downtown management delivering real value to the city.”
“We are thrilled with IDA’s recognition of First Wednesday Art Walk, which has promoted and invigorated Downtown Jacksonville through arts and culture for over fourteen years.” said Jake Gordon, CEO of Downtown Vision. “Hosting this award-winning event is one of the ways we work to support Downtown businesses and showcase Downtown as one of the premier destinations in Jacksonville.” 
Community support sustains Art Walk year after year and keeps the event fresh. Non-profit organizations and community partners such as the United Way, the United States Green Building Council (USGBC), One Spark, the National Park Service and the American Heart Association have all partnered to benefit their mission and to promote Downtown through Art Walk. Collaborations with cultural organizations such as the Art Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) Jacksonville, the Jacksonville Symphony, the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville and ArtRepublic help expand the art experience. Local schools and universities use Art Walk as an opportunity to showcase performances, host field trips and use Art Walk for upcoming school projects. Art Walk also serves as a platform to engage businesses moving into Downtown and to orient new Downtown employees.
About Downtown Vision, Inc.
Downtown Vision, Inc. (DVI) is a not-for-profit organization with a mission to help revitalize DTJax through clean and safe initiatives, experience creation, marketing and information management. Created by commercial property owners through a self-assessment and governed by a board representing Downtown property owners, DVI administers a 90-block Business Improvement District. For more information, visit
About IDA
The International Downtown Association is the premier organization for urban place professionals who are shaping and activating dynamic city center districts. Our members are city builders and downtown champions who bring urban centers to life, bridging the gap between the public and private sectors. We represent an industry of more than 2,500 place management organizations, employing 100,000 people throughout North America and growing rapidly around the world. Founded in 1954, IDA is a resource center for ideas and innovative best practices in urban place management. For more information, visit
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