Each year on the third Friday of September, PARK(ing) Day is celebrated around the world. On this day, artists, activists and citizens independently (but simultaneously) turn metered parking spots into temporary public parks and other spaces for all to enjoy!
This project originated in San Francisco in 2005, when a single artist took the initiative and transformed a parking stall into a public park. Organizations and individuals took notice of the transformed stall and joined in on the fun. From there the event grew international, creating unique forms of temporary public space in urban settings.
Downtown Appleton does not miss out on this fun – join us for PARK(ing) Day on September 15 as it closes out the 2017 Art on the Town series. While strolling College Avenue, enjoy the Art on the Town venues as they showcase an artist-in- residence for the evening. Many of the artists take their galleries to the streets, filling the parking stalls with fun pop-up art galleries.
In addition to Art on the Town venues creating mini-parks, other additions include: City of Appleton’s Mayor Tim Hanna offering open office hours - proven to be a popular stop and community favorite for the last four years. Also, be sure to bring your appetite and enjoy favorite fun foods served by local food trucks.
Another fun feature to this month’s Art on the Town is the Downtown Dinner. The community is invited to join us in Houdini Plaza for a pop-up community dinner! Bring your own food and favorite beverages; plus table décor, linens, cutlery, and china as desired. For extra fun, choose a theme to decorate your table or keep it simple; the choice is yours! Craft your meal from scratch or stop by your favorite food truck or downtown eatery to grab food to-go! Bring your own table and chairs or choose to use the limited number of tables and chairs set up in Houdini Plaza for the community to dine together!
Mark your calendars for Friday, September 15, 5-8pm in Downtown Appleton for a night filled withcreativity, comfort food, and community!