art you happen-upon can change everything about a place and the experience
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Sunday, September 23, 2012
The third Friday in September is international Park[ing] Day. From Austin, Texas to Paris, France and in between, people take over parking spaces to celebrate the value of public space in cities.
Cincinnati has participated for the past five years with community members setting up in the central business district, Over-the-Rhine, and Uptown neighborhoods. This year, Merchants of Main Street partnered with Art on the Streets to create temporary art in parking spots – replacing cars with stages and galleries. Artists created a fun and provocative series of shows illustrating the benefits of serendipitous art in public places.
As people walked home from work, out to events, down to the Reds game -- we saw smiles, dancing, bubble-blowing, lemonade-stand-gabbing, hula-hooping and much more.
Artists and artistic organizations of all kinds participated with dance, visual installations, participatory drawing, music, painting, face-painting, and more!
The Cincinnati Ballet dancers practiced at the barre ~~ replacing a car.
Pones, Inc – the innovative artists collaborative -- created a beach dance party complete with sand, sunscreen and tunes.
Art Beyond Boundaries, which occupies a storefront on Main Street, brought its face-painting skills out to a parking spot in front. (Photo by James H. Bolden.)
Landscape architecture and urban design firm, PLACE Workshop created a mini-ball park with popcorn and fans as a tribute to “this years World Series Champions, the Cincinnati Reds!”.
Molly Wellman set up a lemonade stand in the parking spot in front of Japp's.
Queen City Bike created a mini-parklet compete with bikes and flower-filled baskets.
1305 Gallery set up a dinner party tableau.
Circus Mojo turned two parking spots into the center ring in front of Coffee Emporium ~~ traffic slowed and people honked as they passed by. Walkers stopped to try out a hula hoop or ring toss.
And there were musicians and visual artists creating on the spot.
Robin Alicia-Clare Hoskins installed a collaborative art project.
Tenley Rissover on the Park[ing] stage she created in front of Iris.
Josh Kruer painting in the street.
Over the Rhine Community Housing installed a mini studio for all.
Over on Vine Street, we had a chance to preview the future Tucker's Parklet – a permanent mini-park planned for a parking spot during in front of the restaurant.
Posted by Margy Waller at 7:08 PM
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
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Tuesday, April 3, 2012
want to see more art like this?
We're having a conversation about street art at bARTer Lab -- and then we're going to create some!
We hope you'll join us for this two-part event in April and May.
On April 9 at 7:30 PM at Know Theatre, we'll have a discussion with a group of key players -- city officials, police, artists, developers, neighborhood leaders, and more. Everyone is welcome!
We'll answer questions like these:
- What is street art? Is it temporary and/or permanent? Is it visual and/or performance-based?
- What is the value of street art? What is good street art?
- What's legal street art? What's not?
- Are there laws or rules in Cincinnati about performing on the sidewalk?
- What kind of street art do we want to encourage?
- Are there changes in city laws or practice that we can make to have more of the street art we want?
- What would we need to do to make those changes?
- How can we highlight the value of street art with an event on May 14?
On May 14, we'll develop a plan to take art to the streets -- at about 7:30 that night, at MOTR on Main.
Full press release after the jump.
Posted by Margy Waller at 10:41 AM
Sunday, February 26, 2012
Thursday, December 29, 2011
In December 2011, Cincinnati bicycle riders created a visual spectacle of serendipitous art with the first ever BRIGHT Ride. We dressed up ourselves and our bikes in our holiday best.
We had lights (some provided by ArtsWave) and wreathes on bikes -- even a tiny lit-up tree on a rack. We saw lots of red clothing, fancy hats and helmets, and Bicycle Santa with his sleigh rode along.
Bicycle Santa counted 63 helpers! We rode about 10 miles -- including right past the celebration and tree on Fountain Square to Over-the-Rhine where the annual Light Up OTR events were taking place.
Coffee Emporium sponsored a warm-up stop and hot chocolate at the start too. Reser Bicycles donated front and rear lights and Mobo Bicycle Coop opened it's doors for those who wanted to "dress up" together. Lots of smiles -- on riders and watchers.
The BRIGHT Ride from ArtsWave on Vimeo.
Cincinnati area cyclists created a visual spectacle of serendipitous art with the first ever BRIGHT Ride in December 2011.
Friday, December 23, 2011
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Friday, October 21, 2011
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The rise of participatory arts and its implications for arts groups
Arts participation is being redefined as people increasingly choose to engage with art in new, more active and expressive ways. This compelling trend carries profound implications, and fresh opportunities, for a nonprofit arts sector that has struggled to adapt to demographic and technological changes.
A new study commissioned by The James Irvine Foundation and conducted by WolfBrown draws insights from more than 100 nonprofit arts groups and other experts in the U.S., U.K. and Australia. The report presents a new model for understanding levels of arts engagement as well as case studies of participatory arts in practice. It also addresses many of the concerns that arts organizations may have in supporting participatory arts practices and provides inspiration and ideas for exploring this growing trend.
- WolfBrown, October 21, 2011
Absolutely honored to be mentioned in this report about the new world of engaging community in the arts!
Posted by Margy Waller at 3:15 PM