For too long, it’s what we haven’t been able to do.

Its stand-ins — virtual hugs, air kisses over Zoom, smiles beamed to satellites before they can be seen — have been woefully inadequate in the face of so much loss, disruption, and grief.

But over the last eighteen months, we’ve learned that embrace is about more than just holding someone close.

It’s the act of holding one another up, of leaning in, of creating space to be heard and drawing on our shared strength to power necessary change.

As we rebuild, let’s embrace new opportunities. To hold. To accept. To connect. To discover. To acknowledge different truths. To be honest about where we are, and work together toward something better: a more resilient and equitable world where each of us can thrive.

Embrace today. Create tomorrow.



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Keeping You SAFE

The safety and comfort of our TEDxJacksonville family is our top priority, so we’re doing everything we can to welcome you back safely. We are working diligently to create a hybrid event that will allow those who wish to attend in person the opportunity to do so, while also presenting a virtual experience for those who prefer that format.

We will be following CDC health and safety guidelines for in-person events. Since Jacksonville is currently an area of substantial COVID transmission, to maximize protection from the Delta variant we will be requiring that all in-person attendees wear masks, regardless of vaccination status. Seating will be socially distanced, and the audience will be limited to 250 attendees, half the Terry Theater’s capacity. Hand sanitizer stations will be located throughout the lobby area. All high-touch areas such as banisters, elevator buttons, seating, etc. in the theater and lobby areas will be thoroughly cleaned before and after each session. Additionally, there are over 50 high-grade MERV-13 air filters throughout the building that are checked and changed regularly. For those who’ve ordered lunch, catered lunch boxes will be distributed in a COVID-safe manner.

Further information about the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts COVID safety protocols may be found here.

Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts

300 Water St, Jacksonville, FL 32202


Free parking for attendees will be available in the Vystar Credit Union parking garage located at 37 S. Hogan Street. Bring your parking ticket to the conference to receive a validation sticker.