Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Urban Sketchers-Tacoma Creates a PARK on International Park(ing) Day!

Tacoma participates in the annual worldwide event called Park(ing) Day. It began in 2005 in San Francisco, and is always the 3rd. Friday in September.

The format for this event: artists, designers, and citizens transform parking spots into temporary public parks, proclaiming that cities need more open, public spaces, with the hope of creating interest and dialogue on that topic.

This will be Urban Sketchers-Tacoma's first year to participate, as an Ad Hoc Sketch-outing!  Our PARK is on Pacific Ave. on the NE corner of S. 9th. and Pacific Ave. 

We'll wear red shirts, bring our sketching stools or any comfortable chair (bring extra sketching stools if you have them), sketching supplies, and Frances will bring our extra art supplies from our recent event to share with our visitors. We'll do Urban Sketches in our PARK, and also offer 5 minute portraits to visitors.

The city will provide signage and barriers to protect our space (and us).

SET-UP is from 9-10 am. BREAK-DOWN is from 2-3 pm. (Let Frances know if you have a grass-green area rug or astro-turf for our space. She will bring several umbrellas for shade.) Our PARK must be staffed at all times from 10 am-2pm. Our space is 8 ft. x 20 ft. and we must not overflow that area.

We'll be given Passports with maps of all the PARKS to give to our visitors. There will be a "DownTownOnTheGo" led walk at noon, stopping at the downtown PARKS along their route. There will be Food Trucks along Pacific between S. 11th and S. 12th. 

Our PARK has excellent, unobstructed views for Urban Sketching! (We're in the spot where the cream color car is parked.)  This should be great fun!

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