Thursday, August 17, 2006

Weekend Preview

Hello August - slim pickins yet again. But if you are craving some creativity, hop on the bus. (and my favorite part of this press release - Indy MAY be the first to do this, but maybe not...)

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Shared Spaces/Shared Voices public art project to debut with live poetry readings on IndyGo buses and at IndyFringe venues

Indianapolis may be first city in country to feature live readings on city buses

WHAT: Indianapolis Mayor Bart Peterson and representatives from the Arts Council of Indianapolis, IndyGo and the Indianapolis Cultural Development Commission will hold a press conference to announce the launch of an innovative public art project pairing public transportation with poetry.

Shared Spaces/Shared Voices will feature poetry written by Hoosiers on IndyGo buses for one year. The project begins with live poetry readings onboard IndyGo buses from Aug. 25 to Sept. 3, during the Indianapolis Theatre Fringe Festival (IndyFringe). Throughout IndyFringe, artists also will perform poetry and prose at locations on Massachusetts Avenue.

Following the press conference, media are invited to board an IndyGo bus at the stop on the corner of Alabama and Market streets for readings by local spoken word artists Allen Imagery and AP Spaulding. The readings will take place on a regularly scheduled bus, with IndyGo riders onboard. Transportation will be provided for media returning to City Market.

Featured speakers at the press conference will include:
-Greg Charleston, president, Arts Council of Indianapolis
-Indianapolis Mayor Bart Peterson
-Gil Holmes, president and CEO, IndyGo
-Mindy Taylor Ross, director of public art, Arts Council of Indianapolis
WHERE: City Market
222 E. Market Street

WHEN: Monday, Aug. 21, 2006
10 a.m. – Press conference
10:45 a.m. – Media board IndyGo bus at the corner of Alabama and Market

ABOUT THE PROJECT:
Fifty works of poetry and prose by 39 Indiana writers were selected to be featured in the Shared Spaces/Shared Voices public art project. Writers were asked to respond to the idea of shared space in a day when people are growing more isolated and more dependent on technology to communicate. Beginning in late August, the selected poetry will be featured on interior placards aboard approximately 150 IndyGo buses for one year.

Other cities such as Seattle, Los Angeles and Boston have incorporated art into the public transportation realm but Indianapolis may be the first to feature live readings on buses.

4 Responses to “Weekend Preview”

mike said...
August 18, 2006 at 1:03 PM

This project launch by way of reading poetry on the bus thing seems completely ridiculous to me. Isn't it a little naive to think that IndyGo passengers are going to actually enjoy forced exposure to oral poetry?

I guess this is just another reason I should consider myself lucky that I'm not in need of the bus.


Anonymous said...
August 18, 2006 at 5:34 PM

May or may not be a good idea.

But looking that it is reserved for dates during the
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IndyFringe it kind of make sense.

Good for you Mike. Can I carpool? I wrote the bus for years while going to arts school and after starting my art career. For us broke artists the bus is our only method of transportation.

What about having "Slam Poetry" on the bus. If we don't like the poet we get to slam him/her against the bus. Kind of "art vs. art" but this time the victim is the person giving art a bad cred.


Anonymous said...
August 18, 2006 at 5:35 PM

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May or may not be a good idea.

But looking that it is reserved for dates during the IndyFringe it kind of make sense.

Good for you Mike. Can I carpool? I wrote the bus for years while going to arts school and after starting my art career. For us broke artists the bus is our only method of transportation.

What about having "Slam Poetry" on the bus. If we don't like the poet we get to slam him/her against the bus. Kind of "art vs. art" but this time the victim is the person giving art a bad cred.


Anonymous said...
August 21, 2006 at 1:00 AM

A.P. whats up christian? Rock tha bus!


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