Four months ago, the Jacksonville Public Education Fund and the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens joined forces with the belief that art has the power to spark social change.
Since then, more than 27,000 people have seen the exhibition ONE in THREE: Let's Solve Our Dropout Crisis, which aims to inspire viewers to join our ONE by ONE initiative. The goal of ONE by ONE: Unite the community to create a shared vision for public schools in Duval County.
Tomorrow, staff at the Cummer will begin deinstalling the exhibit, and starting on January 12, the exhibition will be on display at the Ritz Theatre and Museum as well as the Main/Downtown Branch of the Jacksonville Public Library.
The January opening event takes place at the Ritz Theatre and Museum from 5:30-8 p.m. on Thursday, January 12, 2012. It is free and open to the public.
Over the next eight months, the ONE in THREE exhibition will travel throughout the city of Jacksonville on the following schedule:
Date Area Location
January 2012 Downtown Main Library
Ritz Theatre and Museum
February 2012 Northside FSCJ North Gallery
Highlands Regional Library
March 2012 Beaches Beaches History Center
Beaches Regional Library
April 2012 Southside University of North Florida
Pablo Creek Regional Library
May 2012 Arlington University Park Library
Women's Center of Jacksonville
June 2012 Northwest Bradham-Brooks Library
North Point Town Center
July 2012 Mandarin Jewish Community Alliance
Hendricks Avenue Baptist Church
August 2012 Westside Charles Webb-Wesconnett Library
Kingdom Plaza Mall
Through dramatic portraits by local photographer Ingrid Damiani, the ONE in THREE exhibition displays the faces and stories of 20 current and former students of Duval County Public Schools. Each student featured in the exhibition has faced obstacles to achieving academic success. Among those who have beaten the odds, one common thread is clear: community support.
As the exhibition travels throughout Jacksonville in 2012, ONE by ONE will bring together thousands of people from every neighborhood to speak out about what our public schools need - and document closely what they say.
But the goal is not simply to talk. From those ideas, a volunteer-led Community Advisory Team will create an action plan that truly represents our entire city.
The process began in November and December with conversations with teachers and students, and will ramp up in January with two additional public events and the begining of small conversations in individual homes, places of worship and at community organizations. A special day of conversations for parents takes place on January 21 at the Ritz Theatre. For a full and continuously updated list of events, find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/JaxPEF or visit www.jaxpef.org or www.onebyonejax.org.
Here at the Jacksonville Public Education Fund, we would like to take a moment to thank all of the supporters and partners that have made this effort a success to date! We are incredibly thankful for the generous support of our donors, the partnership of organizations such as the Cummer Museum and the enthusiasm of the many people who have participated in the campaign so far! Exciting things lie ahead in 2012!
-- Deirdre Conner