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Celebrating One Year

4 Issues Down, Many More to Go

Written by Xavier Torres

Jacksonville has been regarded by some as a creative volcano on the verge of eruption for some time now. What we have recently seen is akin to a renaissance of sorts with a growing focus on arts, culture, and the rich history that has often gone unnoticed. Even though it doesn’t have as much recognition as other established artistic hotspots like Los Angeles and New York, it is unquestionably producing artists and works on the same tier as those other locations. In an effort to highlight the immense talent in our community and showcase this growing cultural shift, we launched our magazine. Issue 1, INSPIRE, was released one year ago today, on February 1, 2020. The event, a massive launch party, was held with featured artists interacting with the crowd, creating, performing, and networking. It was truly a sight to see having hundreds upon hundreds of people in our community come out to support our mission and the local talent. It far surpassed our wildest dreams.

Despite seeming like an overnight success,  this has been a project years in the making, involving countless moving parts, sleepless nights and sudden surprises. Our reception was truly awe inspiring. At the launch, the support we saw amongst the entire Jacksonville community was a clear reflection of the growing interest in arts, events, and creative culture that is expressing itself.

We wanted this platform to belong to everyone and be accessible to anyone. In our journey, we hope to inspire readers to search for the story within art, a deeper meaning. Shortly after our launch, the world was drastically changed by the pandemic. Covid-19 turned the world’s clock into an unprecedented time filled with uncertainty and chaos. 

Despite all the challenges we have strived to maintain our message of being a refuge for all creatives. In line with the theme of our upcoming release and to celebrate the anniversary of our debut issue, we wanted to focus on those who were instrumental to making this quarterly publication possible. 

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1. What has been your proudest accomplishment during your time with Radx?

Kat Bynum

Business Strategist/Photographer

My proudest accomplishment during my time with RadX has been capturing a diverse and influential piece of Jacksonville's art scene. Meeting local artists and capturing them in their element has been such a special opportunity and has influenced me greatly as a photographer and personally.

Justin Smith

Writer/Editor

My proudest accomplishment thus far has been seeing my words on paper in the physical print. Being able to flip through the pages of the magazine and seeing what I wrote come to life made all the time spent feel worth it! Your first of anything usually holds the most sentimental value in my opinion.

Cody Quattlebaum

Editor-in-chief

My proudest accomplishment would be seeing the change the magazine has brought forth in the community. Our impact may be smaller than the changemakers that are consistently shaping our area, but the goal was always to highlight these talented artists. Knowing that we are part of challenging artists to improve and knowing we have artists who look forward to our submissions to inspire them to create really stands out for me.

Nicole Radacz

Founder, Chief Creative Director

My proudest accomplishment has been taking this idea from conception to a full-on print magazine. Working with creatives of all types to really get this idea to a reality! My favorite part is seeing everyone's reactions to their work in print, alongside many others. I put my heart, sweat, and tears into this magazine, and having it so well received just confirms the need for it!

2. Looking ahead, what do you hope for Radx to accomplish in the next year?

Kat Bynum

Business Strategist/Photographer

I hope RadX becomes the powerhouse it can be in this next year. I hope the talent behind the magazine can be focused and directed to really grow in 2021.

Justin Smith

Writer/Editor

My biggest goal going forward would be to plan and execute our future projects with consistency. I believe that if we brainstorm and follow through with our plans that we will see even more growth and positive feedback!

Cody Quattlebaum

Editor-in-chief

In the next year, I hope we can grow our brand to have more of a presence in Jacksonville. If you're really in tune with the arts community, and younger, you might know about us. But there are still a lot of people in Jacksonville that don't even know we exist yet, and that's what I hope changes this year.

Nicole Radacz

Founder, Chief Creative Director

Getting the magazine out to more people, featuring more artists, and helping creatives take their work to the next level!!

3. Complete the sentence, RadX is the place for ____

Kat Bynum

Business Strategist/Photographer

RadX is the place for genuine expression of the human experience.

Justin Smith

Writer/Editor

RadX is the place for genuine recognition of one’s talents and achievements.

Cody Quattlebaum

Editor-in-chief

Radx is the place for creatives.

Nicole Radacz

Founder, Chief Creative Director

Artists of every medium, experience level, and background!

Have the events of 2020 influenced the way you approach your work now? Do you feel motivated to incorporate certain themes in your future projects?

Kat Bynum

Business Strategist/Photographer

I approach work differently now. I prioritize rest over performance, quality over quantity. I have been motivated to seek more diversity in my life both personally and professionally.

Justin Smith

Writer/Editor

I would say that 2020 was certainly the most interesting year of my life to this point. I think it’s important to keep in mind the social climate and keep the reader interested in relevant content. My goal for 2021 is to use each magazine issue’s theme and tie it into the artist/topic I’m writing about while also highlighting why that person’s art is able to garner relevancy now and going forward.

Cody Quattlebaum

Editor-in-chief

Interestingly enough, not much has changed on the administrative side of things because we have been mostly remote since our inception. However, we've had to adapt how we provide coverage and how we interact with others, like many other organizations. We've done a great job at keeping coverage as consistent as we can while also taking additional steps to ensure safety. Our issue themes have always been particular...and they will be similar going forward for now, but we've definitely incorporated aspects of 2020 and how those affected artists into our coverage and really tried to keep the information we present relevant.

Nicole Radacz

Founder, Chief Creative Director

Yes absolutely! 2020 really just made me learn that pacing yourself and giving yourself pause is so necessary. Giving yourself downtime and making sure you recharge, hasn't been a priority before 2020. Another thing it taught me was about self-care. Not in the light of face masks and massages (those too) but making yourself do the ugly things, so cooking food for yourself, cleaning your room, washing dishes, organizing your schedule, and definitely just taking a walk outside. SO important.

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