Sunday, April 21, 2002

Traveling exhibit gets aboard Metro buses

By Jackie Demaline
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Humans are moved by art. Starting this week, Cincinnati commuters are really going to be moved by art, as Arts for All and Queen City Metro debut the “moving gallery” project All Aboard Arts as part of Final Friday.

        A bus exhibiting art and poetry by residents of Cincinnati's Empowerment Zones (nine neighborhoods including Avondale, Corryville, Walnut Hills and Clifton) will shuttle gallery hoppers from the Westin Atrium to Main Street to the Pendleton Arts Center. A reception at the Westin, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, will feature live music, poetry readings and light refreshments.

        Then the show really goes on the road, with as many as 75 buses exhibiting up to six pieces of art and poetry on routes through December.

        “Artists and poets in the empowerment zones have difficulty getting exposure,” says Steve Herman, Queen City Metro's Public Affairs coordinator. “This is one venue where they can be publicly displayed — and an entertaining way of getting people to see art.”

        Mr. Herman predicts there will be a lot of potential art appreciation because 70,000 people ride Metro daily.

        Arts for All, a collaboration between the Cincinnati Recreation Commission and Cincinnati Empowerment Corp., has been planning All Aboard Arts for more than a year.

        All Aboard Arts will hold a rush hour “Roaming Reception” from 4:30-6 p.m. May 7 with music at downtown bus stops and poetry readings on board.


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