LexArts HOP to feature proposals for interactive artwork

Allison Lankford


LEXINGTON, Ky. --  During the May 17 LexArts HOP in Lexington, the public will be able to give feedback on six proposals for interactive art for Town Branch Park. The proposals will be available at three locations of the Hop -- the Living Arts & Science Center, Lyric Theatre & Cultural Arts Center and the Central Library Gallery.
Members of the public can weigh in on their favorite design before the committee selects the winner. 
“The art will elevate interaction and civic engagement in the space,” said Nan Plummer, president & CEO of LexArts. “This is the community’s chance to view the proposals and provide valuable feedback to the artists and the selection committee. We hope everyone will take advantage of this opportunity.”
A National Endowment for the Arts Our Town grant of $100,000, along with an equal matching amount from the Town Branch Fund, was awarded to create InterACT in Town Branch Park — Arts, Culture & Technology.
The grant is commissioning the design for art geared toward youth that will:
• Ensure high quality original artistic design is integrated in the formal planning process;
• Provide interactive elements to increase activation of the park;
• Include park programming for youth ages 9-15, an underserved population;
• Expand education and curriculum development; and
• Highlight the history or ecology of Town Branch Park and downtown Lexington.
The input collected on May 17 will be given to the selection committee to assist with selecting the winning design. The committee is comprised of partners in the grant -- LexArts, SCAPE Landscape Architects, Biederman Redevelopment Ventures, Fayette County Public Schools, Bluegrass Youth Sustainability Council and Town Branch Fund.
 A second round of community engagement will take place in the fall and will test a prototype of the winning design with youth – the target audience for the art. The Bluegrass Youth Sustainability Council, comprised of student representatives from every public and private high school in the county, will take the design prototype into older elementary and middle school classrooms, gather and document youth feedback, and share results with the artist, park programming advisers, SCAPE and project leaders. 
“Both opportunities for public input will help reach the true intended beneficiaries of the project and assist the selected artist in refining the final design,” said Allison Lankford, executive director of the Town Branch Fund.
Admission is free for the event, which runs from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. More information on the LexArts HOP, which is held on the third Friday of every month, can be found athttp://galleryhoplex.com/.