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Photo by Member Mark Krancer, Kram Kran Photo

Photo by Member Mark Krancer, Kram Kran Photo


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8/21/2023 4:00:00 AM Member News


JACKSONVILLE, Fla, August 22, 2023 - Hearts 4 Minds, a Jacksonville nonprofit dedicated to breaking the stigma of mental health and facilitating early identification and treatment of mental illness through tools, resources and education, is unveiling a new mural as part of its Murals with Meaning program in Jacksonville on August 25. The mural is located on the wall of Kava & Company (San Marco) at 1224 Kings Ave.


Hearts 4 Minds’ Murals with Meaning initiative promotes mental health awareness and shares valuable resources to those struggling with mental illness, all while enhancing the Jacksonville community. Each mural showcases the dragonfly symbol of courage, strength and change, and includes a QR code visitors can scan that connects them to available mental health resources.


A collaboration between Hearts 4 Minds, Kava & Company and artists from Heartspace Art, the new mural’s design incorporates both the kava plant and the dragonfly, the Hearts 4 Minds symbol of courage, strength and change. 


“We love the partnership with Kava. The atmosphere is laid back and welcoming,” said Sheryl Johnson, founder of Hearts 4 Minds. “Creating welcoming environments where people can experience positivity is a great match for the Hearts 4 Minds mission to give hope and help people lead healthy lives.”


The free, family-friendly mural reveal and vendor market takes place at Kava & Company, San Marco at 1224 Kings Ave on Friday, August 25 from 8 p.m. - 12 a.m., with the ribbon cutting ceremony taking place at 9 p.m. Visitors can enjoy live music and food from Buss Down Fries, with art vendors selling pieces on site.


“This mural is an incredible blend of the Kava & Company vibe and Hearts 4 Minds mission,” said Johnson. “It represents both of us and honors my son, Alex, who inspired us all.”


About Hearts 4 Minds

Hearts 4 Minds is leading the charge to break down the stigma of mental illness and alter how people look at mental health. They are driven by a single goal: to leverage an ounce of prevention to raise awareness, provide tools to recognize the signs of mental illness and facilitate early identification and treatment. They aim to be a helping hand before, as well as during, a mental health crisis. For more information, please visit www.hearts4minds.org.


About Kava & Company LLC

Kava & Company is a locally owned and family-operated kava bar specializing in serving kava and kratom beverages that are non-alcoholic and promote relaxation and stress relief. To learn more, visit www.kavaandcompany.com.


About Heartspace Art

Heartspace Art is a professional artist team specializing in Murals, Public Art, and Events that inspire. With a passion for helping clients express themselves through opulent indoor and outdoor murals, the services of Heartspace Art have been utilized by individuals, businesses, and events around the world. To learn more, visit www.heartspaceart.com.