Nicole Holderbaum is a Jacksonville based muralist. In 2016 she received at SPARK grant from the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville to fund the Jax Kid's Mural Festival. Through this participatory initiative, Holderbaum would outline large murals on panels and then invite Jacksonville's youth to paint the images as a community.
Later that same year Holderbaum received a PNC Arts Alive Grant to develop the initiative further. The result was the Jax Kids Mural Project. Building upon the principles of the original initiative, Holderbaum implemented the project inside schools within Duval County. Students work together to create and paint murals that add color to the interior and exterior walls of schools in vulnerable neighborhoods.
On Saturday, November 18, Holderbaum organized Color Me Kona: The World's Largest Coloring Book Party. The event served as a fundraiser for Jax Kids Mural Project and was held at Kona Skatepark, the world's oldest operating skatepark. Color Me Kona filled me with such a sense of pride in my community. The turnout was incredible and there were absolutely no barriers preventing anyone from participating and having fun. I applaud Holderbaum and her team of event organizers and volunteers. I consider this event to be one of the most successful initiatives I've attended since living in Jacksonville.