2020 OPEN TRAILS INITIATIVE
(Friday, July 26, 2020)
You’re cordially invited to our 2020 Open Trails events to experience I-Park’s unique system of art/nature trails. Along your journey, you will encounter ephemeral artworks, moss covered trails and gardens, numerous ponds, towering groves of bamboo, open fields, bird song, pine and (a few remaining) birch groves, a wetlands boardwalk, miles of stone walls, a garden of caged invasives, an abandoned gravel pit, a (once) floating steam sauna, glacial boulders, a moss encrusted sheer cliff, a floating living room and garden, a cranberry bog, an ancient blueberry field and (most likely) extended families of rabbits, turkeys, deer and geese. And, if you’re lucky, you might catch a glimpse of our elusive blue heron or our mop-top otter. Though our residency program is on pause in 2020, we are pleased to offer Open Trails to increase COVID-safe access to greenery, fresh air and art for our neighbors and the local community. Most Open Trails events are free and open to the public, but require advanced reservation via Eventbrite.
The full calendar of 2020 events, with all reservation links, is available here.
In addition to free events, I-Park will offer two ticketed Founder-led walks where visitors can learn about I-Park’s history as well as past artists and their artworks and hijinks. If you’re motivated to work up a sweat for a cause, we have scheduled two Volunteers Day events. You can work on trails maintenance, gardening or other important projects to help us prepare for the return of our artists-in-residence in 2021.
Finally, mark your calendars for our Blood Moon Masquerade on October 31, coinciding with the full moon and Halloween. What better place to celebrate All Hallow’s Eve than next door to the Devil’s Own Hopyard? All ticketed events directly support I-Park’s international artists-in-residence program.
Upcoming in 2021, we will be celebrating our 20th anniversary while hosting our eighth Site-Responsive Art Biennale as well as our Composers + Musicians Collaborative Residency – in addition to five sessions of our General Residency Program.
Whether you’re a new visitor or a long-time friend or supporter, we hope to see you soon at Open Trails! Please reach out to our new Residency Program Director, Lydia Blaisdell, if you have any questions: events@I-Park.org or 860-873-2468.
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