Sunday, November 6, 2016
Join us in celebrating the expansion of the Museum Park! Explore our new community spaces and gardens, see exciting new art installations, sample treats from food trucks, and enjoy engaging and creative experiences for all ages. Art and recreational activities include pop-up art workshops; art walks and bike tours; live music; and more. Plus, it will be the last time to view special 10-day public art exhibition Amanda Parer: Intrude, featuring five giant illuminated bunnies!
Take the shuttle! A shuttle service will be available for off-campus parking, which we encourage you to take advantage of. To park and take the shuttle, take a right on Trinity Road coming from the Museum campus. Take your first left into the fairgrounds parking lot (Gate 9), where you’ll see Museum staff to help you park and board the shuttle. The shuttle will drop you off right at the celebration at the District Drive Park entrance. This is where you’ll reboard the shuttle any time during the celebration to return to your car. Museum staff will also be on hand here to help you. The last shuttle to Trinity Road will leave the Museum at 6:45 pm.
Additional parking information: We anticipate a big crowd, so give yourself additional time to park and walk to the celebration. Security staff will direct you to the best available parking lot upon your arrival. Once all parking spaces on the NCMA campus are filled, security staff will allow only cars with handicap parking and taxi/ride-share drop-offs. If the entrance is closed when you arrive, please use parking on Reedy Creek Road across from the NCMA or in the shuttle lot. Please allow time to exit the grounds, and be mindful of pedestrians. Make note, there are three exits available at District Drive, Reedy Creek Road, and the right-turn-only onto Blue Ridge Road.
Celebration schedule and map:
1:45–5:30 pm: Opening ceremony and musical stage
1:45 pm: Opening ceremony with remarks and modern-dance performance by Gaspard Louis and Justin Tornow
2 pm: Bunny Hop with Bulltown Strutters and Paperhand Puppets
2:15 pm: Al Strong and Friends
3 pm: Bunny Hop with Bulltown Strutters and Paperhand Puppets
3:15 pm: Onyx Club Boys
4 pm: Bunny Hop with Bulltown Strutters and Paperhand Puppets
4:15 pm: Kaira Ba
Partnership with PineCone and American Dance Festival
1–5 pm: Food trucks and Iris beverage tents
John Deere Green
Beer, wine, other beverages
Food trucks Porchetta, Pho Nomenal Dumpling, Zeke’s Meats, Stuft, Big Mike’s BBQ, Soomsoom Pita Pockets, Not Just Icing, Two Roosters
2–3 pm: Park Pictures: Meet the Artists
Billboards along Greenway trail
Learn more about the student artists’ inspiration and process for this year’s Park Pictures billboard competition.
1 pm, 2 pm, 3 pm, 4 pm: Bike Tours
Behind the Ellipse
Sponsored by REI. Join us on a ¾-mile bike tour of the Park. REI provides bikes and lessons on bike safety. Some of the stops are included on the Park Discovery Walk, so bring your passports and collect stamps along the way. The tour loops through woodland and prairie trails that include moderate hills. First come, first served, leaving on the hour.
1–5 pm: Finn the Bunny and Park Ecology
Get up close and personal with Flemish giant rabbit Finn, an animal ambassador from the North Carolina Zoo. Plus, staff members from the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences and Prairie Ridge Ecostation talk about the ecology of the Park and surrounding region.
1–5 pm: Park Discovery Walk
10 Discovery Walk stops; prize pickup at Parterre Gardens
Learn about the Park’s art and natural features using the Discovery Walk. Get your program stamped at seven of the 10 stops, and then claim your prize at the Discovery Walk tent at the Parterre Gardens stop.
1–5 pm: Hammock Grove and Geocaching Nook
Sponsored by REI. Come hang out in some of the most comfortable hammocks around! This location also has instructions for visitors interested in learning more about geocaching. Bring a GPS or GPS-enabled phone to learn the basics of this game. Test your new skills on a new adventure in the Park.
1–5 pm: Campsite gear and gourmet culinary demonstrations
Sponsored by REI. Interested in learning all about the gear needed to have a fun and comfortable camping trip? This demonstration campsite will up your glamping game. REI representatives also create gourmet campsite treats for visitors to sample.
1–5 pm: One-Minute Sculptures art activity with the NCMA Teen Arts Council
Near Forest for the Chairs
Join the Museum’s Teen Arts Council on the lawn near Thomas Sayre’s Gyre (“the rings”) to create one-minute sculptures inspired by the work of Erwin Wurm.
1–5 pm: Pop-Up Art Making
Celebrate Giuseppe Penone’s new work of art in the Park. Create a nature-inspired sculpture and contribute to a community artwork. All ages welcome.
1–5 pm: Park Packs
A free lending resource for families to explore areas of the Park together. Recommended for pre-K–elementary. Available in English and Spanish.
1–dark: Moede Music Project
Download the free app Moede, an interactive artwork that creates a soundtrack for your Park experience. Walk between Park “zones” to hear original compositions that will change how you view the landscape and art around you. To download, search Moede NCMA in the App Store for iPhone, and the Google Play Store for Android devices.
Sponsored by Duke Energy. Additional support provided by BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina.