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Floyd County

June 20, 2011

Fundraising campaign to support bicentennial art installation

NEW ALBANY — The Carnegie Center for Art and History and the New Albany Urban Enterprise Association have announced a new community fundraising campaign to support the 2011 New Albany Public Art Project: Bicentennial Series.

 This campaign is being presented through IndieGoGo, an online, collaborative fundraising platform. The IndieGoGo website for the Public Art Project, www.indiegogo.com/napublicart, was officially launched April 30, at the Carnegie Center, at a breakfast event to acquaint the media, donors, and supporters of the Project with the 2011 artists and their installation plans. The breakfast also marked the introduction of the new logo and project name, the New Albany Public Art Project: Bicentennial Series [formerly the New Albany Bicentennial Public Art Project]. The goal of the Project’s IndieGoGo campaign is to raise $4,000, the amount that it will cost for one of the 2011 artworks to be installed in New Albany for two years.

 Contributors to the campaign will have the chance to vote on which of the artworks will be the community funded artwork; the greater the donation amount, the greater the number of votes the contributor receives. Contributors to the Public Art Project IndieGoGo campaign can choose among the following art installations:

• Resartus: To interpret the historic theme of textiles, wholesale to retail, Louisville artist Dominic Guarnaschelli will erect an 11-foot sculpture in the front lawn of the Carnegie Center for Art & History. This monument to the female workforce of New Albany’s historic textile industry is titled “Resartus” from the Latin phrase meaning “retailored.” Constructed of metal and heavy wire mesh, the sculpture alludes to the material texture of wool or fabric, while the base references the design of treadle sewing machines.

• Time Ghost tower-casts No. 1 and No. 2: At the intersection of Market Street and Scribner Drive, artist Scott Scarboro will create two 8- to 10-foot tall sculptures that will house low-wattage, solar-powered radio transmitters. Each transmitter will broadcast an audio program interpreting the newspaper and broadcasting history of New Albany. The audio will broadcast on New Albany High School’s WNAS 88.1 FM to bring attention to the history and importance of WNAS as the first high school radio station in the nation.

• Nature’s Calligraphy: To celebrate the history of farmer’s markets in New Albany, the current farmer’s market building will be filled with dancing columns of red marsh sticks and sumac sticks by artists Janis Martin, Ruth Andrews and Michael Slaski of Goshen and Michigan. These plants are native to the Indiana landscape, emphasizing the connection to the land through the farmer’s market. The installation will celebrate the historical significance of the farmer’s market as a community gathering place.

• The project partners, the Carnegie Center for Art & History Inc. and the New Albany Urban Enterprise Association, have committed their own funds to the project. Additionally, individuals and organizations that have already stepped forward and sponsored the project include: Horseshoe Foundation of Floyd County, General Mills Foundation, The News and Tribune, Michael and Noelle Gohmann, and public donors from the reading relay held at Destinations Booksellers in November 2010.

The New Albany Public Art Project: Bicentennial Series — www.napublicart.org — is a four-year program featuring a rotating schedule of outdoor artworks that will be installed each year in the downtown area, beginning in 2010 and leading up to New Albany's bicentennial commemoration in 2013. Each work interprets a different theme from New Albany’s history. Artist submissions are selected each year by a panel of jurors. A walking tour booklet that will include a map of the 2011 installation sites and information about the artists and historical themes will be available at the Project Kickoff and Art Walk on July 9.

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