Art Walk:"Movember"

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Photo By: Ninosk Nunez

The November Art Walk painted the downtown cityscape with a splatter of lights and mustaches Wednesday night. Booths decorated in mustache memorabilia weaved around and through the skyscrapers and sidewalks of the city center.

The mustache mayhem that was the Nov. 7 walk was themed in support of the “Movember” initiative, which promotes awareness, education and funding of men’s health initiatives, especially those that combat prostate and testicular cancer, through the dawning of classy mustaches. By doing so, men become the walking, talking, mustache sporting billboards of the cause, according to us.movember.com.

In spirit of this, Art Walk booths displayed pictures of the foundation’s signature symbol.  The theme could be seen among the event’s usual works in the form of mustache décor, paper mustache building stations and mustache shaped baked goods being sold for the cause.

However, not everything was centered on this theme. The town was alive with a variety of art forms communicating a full spectrum of messages and emotions. The streets were alive with music, painting, photography, crafts, sculpture and dance.

This included a concert by Jacksonville University voice students, which was performed in the Hicks Auditorium, in the Jacksonville Public Library at 7 p.m. Featuring the vocal talents of ten students, the concert was coordinated by Kimberly Beasley, Jacksonville University assistant professor of voice, who also performed as the concert pianist.

Downtown’s Art Walk occurs on the first Wednesday of every month centralized around a different theme, offering an opportunity for local artists to showcase and sell their work to the community and for the community to in-turn come out and enjoy the artistic personality and nightlife the city has to offer.

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