What matters to our community right now? Are we engaged in decision making processes the impact us? Are our needs and hopes being met? Do we know our neighbors? What does it mean to participate in civic life?
Open City nights in Congress Square Park are opportunities for neighbors to gather to ask questions and share information about issues important to our shared community life. Co-presented with local organizations, you can expect these evenings to be artful, participatory, informative and compelling.
All invited, all welcome.
Open City feat. The Art Department’s Bizarre Bazaar
Bizarre Bazaar is a mini carnival extravaganza for people of all ages and abilities. Featuring live events, music, carnival games, and exhibits all created by artists with intellectual uniqueness. This inclusive and interactive event invites the community to play games, learn something new, and interact with their community in an upbeat and eclectic environment.
Play a game, win some tickets, take a home a prize and enjoy an evening pf outdoor excitement!
The Art Department and Publication Studio are non-profit leadership programs of Creative Trails that advocate for career exploration for Maine artists with developmental and intellectual disabilities. They have been providing professional support since 2011 for artists striving to reach their creative potential. They provide an environment that encourages each individual to develop technical skills to collaborate with local artists and pursue strategies for self-promotion and connections through community events. Through public access to their studio space and art exhibitions, they strengthen community contacts and spark conversations that add to the vibrancy of the Portland art scene. The Art Department and Publication Studio are located at 611/613 Congress St where you can shop at the gallery and gift store.
Open City is a series hosted in Congress Square Park every Wednesday from June through August. We’ll explore topics related to community life presented in artful ways that spark dialogue.