Good Morning Future Weirdos,
I promised I would talk more about this, so here it goes. Make Jax Weird. That doesn’t sound like something a resident would want using the typical meaning of the word. The organization that is promoting this campaign uses this as their definition...
This is straight from their website...
Weird – /wi(ə)rd/ :
1. Unconventional, outside the norm.
2. Progressive, ecologically balanced, local, creative and sustainable initiatives that foster community
Inspired by initiatives to Keep Austin Weird, Keep Portland Weird and Make Fort Worth Weird, our first goal is to bring the weirdness to Jacksonville, Florida, (re)defining the nomenclature “weird” to describe a progressive act that betters our community. Weird is an intentional undertaking defined by the desire to incorporate creative, sustainable and local practices into one’s personal and professional life. Make Jax Weird seeks to identify these endeavors in the actions of individuals, businesses and other entities in the greater Jacksonville area and bring their weirdness to light. Our long-term goal is to realize a metamorphosis in Jacksonville necessitating to change our mission from Make Jax Weird to Keep Jax Weird. It cannot happen without you – consider our message the push you’ve been looking for. Make. Jax. Weird.
Some in Jacksobnville don’t won’t to make Jax Weird no matter what your definition is, or maybe it’s because of the definition. Some people, I have found, are frightened by artists, writers, and musicians with their weird clothes, weird hours and most of all - weird ideas.
However, Make Jax Weird makes perfect sense to me, I’ve always considered myself unconventional, outside the norm, and progressive. I believe that the role of an artist (for sake of brevity we’ll call all creative types artists) is to primarily make the world a better place to live in, a more beautiful place that fosters community spirit and environmental responsibility. Just as a cloth and a vase of flowers can take an ordinary table and turn it into a dinning room delight. Community minded artists can take a ho - hum locale and turn it into an oasis of beauty, a place people enjoy living and working in, a place they can be proud to call home. All that place has to do is allow it. Planting seeds in fertile ground, with the right amount of sunshine, water and nutrients produces a thriving garden. Giving artists a helping hand by providing an environment of respect, encouragement, without the bureaucratic roadblocks so often found with such local initiatives, will grow a thriving a artistic community; if we are lucky.
How Can I be Weird?
If you are a local artist there a a multitude of activities you can encourage that will help Make Jax Weird. Number one is to continue to better yourself and your creative discipline. I think we should start there. Make your contribution the best you can possibly can make it - work hard at your craft and avoid the chemical entrapments of most artistic scenes as much as possible. Yeah, let’s start there and end on this note. Work hard - be honest - be inclusive - support each other - contribute more than you take. But most of all - be weird.
If you weren’t at rain dogs last night you missed another great show of talented comics or city is blessed to call our own. Another show - another step to becoming a real city. I feel inspired this morning, I think I’ll go create something, something different, something weird.
Maybe you could do the same.
Helping to keep JAX weird since 1957 -
DON’T FORGET THIS SAT - THE DEBUT OF THE FUNNIEST THING IN JAX SINCE THE PEOPLE MOVER.
Four more days until the 5-Points Laugh Club’s first chuckle fest. No Charge - No Special equipment needed - Fun for the whole family in a park my grandparents used to enjoy. Who says Americans don’t have sense of history. lol
And remember - First Rule of Laugh Club - TELL EVERYONE ABOUT LAUGH CLUB!!!!
Tomorrow I'll embed some You tube videos about other laugh clubs around the world. lol
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just say yes!
meet Andy Ward King, a professional musician and artist until a diagnosis of parkinons dsease at age 49 forced him into an early retirement., he now uses his music, his art along with the whimsical world he has created in this blog as therapy to ( as he puts it ) outsmart his brain and make the daily battles with parkinson’s a little bit easier, to give him that all important reason to get up on the morning, to make his life worth living. Andy has learned how to say NO to gving up \ NO to depression and apathy \ NO to following willingly the road of decline that stretches before him. he learned that to say no to all of these things all one has to do is say yes. Andy has learned to just say YES to life/\\