NEW ALBANY — The Carnegie Center for Art and History will present its annual Public Art Project event #IamPublicArt on Saturday, Oct. 6, on Bank Street between Spring and Market streets in downtown New Albany.
This free event begins immediately following the annual Harvest Homecoming Parade at approximately 2 p.m. and continues until 5 p.m. #IamPublicArt is a one-day-only pop-up art event celebrating creative expression, featuring temporary art installations, live mural painting, hands-on activities for all ages, skateboarding competitions, and live music.
The 2018 edition of #IamPublicArt continues the tradition of including local college art students from Indiana University Southeast. Families can enjoy hands-on artmaking, including marbled paper and printmaking, face painting, and bubble wands. Live music curated by Jecorey “1200” Arthur featuring DJ Quinnette and indie rock band Comforter will rock the crowd.
Back by popular demand this year will be on-site skateboarding and games of S.K.A.T.E. competitions sponsored by Home Skate Shop in support of the Carnegie’s New Albany Flow Park project.
The Carnegie Center is the recipient of a $15,000 Duke Energy Foundation Community Impact Grant in support of the Flow Park project. The grant will fund the creation of the iconic Ohio River Bridges feature of the art and action sports park.
"We are grateful to the Duke Energy Foundation for investing in public art in our community," Carnegie Center Director Eileen Yanoviak, stated in a news release. "Art transforms public spaces into creative spaces where people can connect with our shared Ohio River histories and increase our sense of local pride."
Yanoviak hopes this grant will inspire additional support from community foundations and businesses.
New to #IamPublicArt this year will be live mural painting, featuring local artists Liz Richter, Will Sieg III, Braylyn Stewart and Juliet Taylor. Another new feature, #IAmPublicArt participants are invited to participate in oral history interviews.
The Carnegie Center has helped create more than two dozen unique works of public art in New Albany since 2010, with public art installations ranging from steel sculptures to video projections, large floating inflatables, and soundscapes. Beginning in 2016, the Carnegie Center has focused its annual Public Art Project event on providing art experiences, creating opportunities for people to participate in art making, and to allow people to physically engage and interact with art and creative expression.
Visitors are encouraged to come early to watch the Harvest Homecoming Parade, the official kick-off to the Harvest Homecoming Festival. The Parade starts at 12 noon from New Albany High School, marches down Vincennes Street then takes a right on Spring Street and ends on Bank Street, right in front of the Carnegie Center and the #IamPublicArt event. The Harvest Homecoming Festival is also a proud supporter of Hope Southern Indiana, so please bring your canned goods to be collected during the parade.
#IAmPublicArt is partially supported by Louisville Public Media and a grant from the Snowy Owl Foundation. For more information on #IamPublicArt, please visit www.CarnegieCenter.org. To see images from past events, search #IamPublicArt on Instagram. To find out more about the Harvest Homecoming Parade and street closures that day, please visit www.HarvestHomecoming.com/event/parade.
The Carnegie Center, 201 East Spring St., New Albany, is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The Carnegie Center is accessible and admission is free. For more information visit www.carnegiecenter.org and www.facebook.com/nacarnegie.