Mark your calendars for an illuminating night. Read on to learn about the light parade that will shine bright on Over-the-Rhine October 12!
ArtWorks Cincinnati has always been about community through a variety of events that encourage others to get out, engage with each other, and showcase local artists.
Now, it’s taking that a step further with the BLINK Light Parade. According to BLINK Program Manager Josh Stout, “The BLINK Light Parade is an illuminated, mobile event that will kick of BLINK by bringing together artists and community members in a magical display of light and whimsy that will travel from Findlay Market to Washington Park.”
The event, which will be held October 12, is a way to get the community involved and is a free event open to the public. However, the team at BLINK wanted to do more than just create a fun parade of lights, it wanted to include the community itself. “It is a way to engage directly with the people living in the community and a way to engage with more local artists,” says Stout.
BLINK is a program that was brought together by collaboration of several local organizations including Brave Berlink, AGAR, ArtWorks, The Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, and The Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation.
The parade is curated and managed by Stout, receiving creative direction from artist Pam Kravetz, and getting logistical support from Chamber Sr. Manager Lori Salzarulo as well as assistance from a parade committee made up of Leslie Maloney, Amy Goodwin, Ken Pray, Marie Krulewitch-Browne, Carla Lamb, Mike Hoeting, and Bethany Gravina.
The parade will feature a variety of groups and individuals including schools, competitive dance groups, arts and cultural groups, musical groups, sculptural artists, and families. “Additionally, ArtWorks employed 20 youth apprentices and six teaching artists to create illuminated floats and costumes for the parade,” adds Stout.
Stout says this parade will be unlike any other you have seen. The floats and kinetic sculptures are all human powered and its participants are locals.
“We want locals to be in the parade,” he says. “We have a number of schools from Cincinnati Public Schools involved as well as other schools from the Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky area.”
The BLINK Light Parade will kick off BLINK with its parade on October 12 in Over-the-Rhine. The parade will start at dusk, which should be approximately 7:30 pm.