Seward Johnson Atelier Sculptures, Performing Arts and Visual Arts Programing Plan Underway for Lower Makefield Township: Arts in the Parks!
Lower Makefield Parks and Recreation Department and the Seward Johnson Atelier, launch the premiere 2023 season of “Art in the Parks”. Photo Credit: David Steele.
Newsroom Post: Lower Makefield, PA
Yardley – AOY Art Center announces a collaboration with the Lower Makefield Parks and Recreation Department and the Seward Johnson Atelier, launching the premiere 2023 season of “Art in the Parks!” Made possible from a $7500 grant from the official tourism bureau Visit Bucks County (VBC), contributions from Lower Makefield Township and AOY Art Center. Plans are now underway to place eight to ten Seward Johnson sculptures in Lower Makefield. The sculptures are referenced as “delightful expressions of the everyday” and will be on loan from the Seward Johnson Atelier (Grounds for Sculpture) for a six-month period.
Art in the Parks! is the result of several initiatives coming together. In 2022 the LMT/Parks Department conducted a Community Needs Assessment, where a need identified included more arts and culture in the parks, creating a “Play for All Plan” as an area to address. AOY Art Center and the Lower Makefield Parks and Recreation Department worked collectively to include how to embed art within the parks. After reaching out to the Seward Johnson Atelier, part of the Grounds for Sculpture Foundation in Hamilton NJ, a project partner was secured who would allow the Township to host sculptures for a six-month period.
Eight to ten Seward Johnson sculptures in Lower Makefield will be on loan from the Seward Johnson Atelier (Grounds for Sculpture) for a six-month period. Seward Johnson pictured above. Photo Credit: Christopher Boas.
Additionally, the organizers of the new Arts in the Parks project have committed to further provide a variety of programming that will engage the community. This will encompass both the visual and performing arts. Planning for programming during the exhibition period of May through October is already underway.
AOY Art Center is proud to be one of the 51 organizations supported by the Bucks County Tourism Grant Program who distributed $596,867 for 2022. The program was established between VBC and the County of Bucks, in 2008, to assist in the development and enhancement of tourism initiatives in Bucks County. It is funded from a portion received from the Bucks County lodging tax assessed to visitors staying overnight in hotels, bed and breakfasts and home-shares.
As the County’s official destination marketing organization VBC drives travel to and within Bucks County, Pennsylvania, increases overnight stays and fuels the local economy by promoting all there is to see and do in Bucks County. VBC supports local businesses in the tourism and hospitality industry, including lodging, attractions, restaurants, retail, events and more. Annually,
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