Columbia Design League Launches New Public Art Initiative March 5 – 6, 2010 in Columbia, SC, with Teri Tynes

We received this press release at Carolina Arts about an interesting event to be held in Columbia, SC – focused around Teri Tynes – an old friend (she’s not old) and one of the bloggers we follow on a regular basis. In fact, after seeing Tynes’ blog I decided to jump into the blogging game. One day I hope this blog will look as good as her’s does.

Here it is:

Columbia, SC – The Columbia Design League, an affiliate membership group of the Columbia Museum of Art, launches a new public art initiative with Teri Tynes, former Columbia arts writer, gallery director and current New York City blogger. Tynes leads a thought-provoking discussion on Friday, March 5 at 6:00 p.m. at the soon-to-be-renovated Fox Theater on Main Street. She guides a conversation about ways in which all people, not just artists, relate to their urban environment. Citing examples from New York and Columbia, Tynes identifies the elements that create successful urban spaces. This event is $5 or free for Design League members.

At this event the Columbia Design League will announce a competition for art in public spaces called  “Play with Your City.”  The competition is open to everyone, not just artists, but to all those who think creatively.  The Design League will select a site for the project in the downtown area that has potential for creative growth.

The “Play with Your City” project invites everyone to think about public spaces in novel ways. This project is not about creating art and putting it in a space. This project asks people to fool around, think creatively and produce something that will improve the downtown experience.

Tynes leads an interactive walk on Main Street on Saturday, March 6 at noon, beginning at the Fox Theater. Participants are asked to bring a notebook, sketchbook, or camera so they can document what they see with words, sketches, or photos that Tynes will incorporate into a Web site. This event is free.

Tynes, the former director of City Art in Columbia, is now the creator and writer of the award-winning blog, Walking Off the Big Apple, a strolling guide to New York arts and culture. She has published articles forArtPapers, The Dallas Morning News, Independent Film & Video Monthlyand is the author of several contemporary art catalog essays. She is managing editor for The Moving Image, a journal of the Association of Moving Image Archivists.

For more information, visit (www.columbiadesignleague.org).

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