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Summer returns to Artpark

by jmaloni
Mon, Jul 27th 2020 08:35 am

Artpark was alive with artistic activity Sunday, as patrons took part in a live concert by Svetlana & The New York Collective, a drum circle with Stephen Bell, and “The Art of Walking” tour. 

Venue staff stated, “In a summer event season significantly impacted by COVID-19-related cancellations and closure across the region, Artpark has moved forward and created and adapted its programming to engage and inspire the community while adhering to safe and social distanced guidelines and procedures. These events are designed to promote stress-relief, relaxation, entertain and inspire, and are offered for free or low-cost to be accessible to many members of the community.

Bell is a member of the International Drum Circle Facilitator’s Guild, and a retired local educator who leads a group of percussionists of all abilities.
Svetlana & The New York Collective was the first concert this summer in Artpark’s free “Music in the Woods” series. The band is one of New York’s most beloved swing bands known for its signature vintage-inspired sound, foot-stomping groove and exciting stage presence.

“The Art of Walking” is a major initiative for Artpark’s summer season that was created through an international collaboration between NYC artist Carin Jean White and Itsaso Iribarren and German de la Riva of Spain. It traces and celebrates Artpark’s history, unique landscape and ecology and art, as participants connect with Niagara’s ancient past, engage with the present and imagine the future. The meditation combined walking, stillness, listening, theater and dance, as patrons explore the nature, poetry and story of Artpark.

More information on these events and other upcoming Artpark activities is available at https://www.artpark.net/events.

Artpark & Company Executive Director Sonia Kozlova Clark introduces Svetlana & The New York Collective

Svetlana & The New York Collective

"The Art of Walking"

Motorists also noticed work taking place in the main parking lot on South Fourth Street. Rob Lynch and Matt Sagurney (aka The Solo Roths) have teamed with Cynthia Pegado and the “Artpark Bridges” community outreach program to transform the pavement into “a large canvas of color that gives voice to the underserved members of our community and expresses shared humanity.”

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