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First Look: June at Open Field

The Open Field team is eagerly counting down to our June 14th kickoff and a night of Northern Spark at the Walker! June holds just three days of community programs on the field: Thursdays, June 19 & 26, and Saturday, June 28.  In a turn of good fortune, the lineup ahead has somehow managed to […]

Jayanthi Kyle sings at Acoustic Campfire with Alicia Steele, Thursday, June 19 at 8 PM

Jayanthi Kyle sings at Acoustic Campfire with Alicia Steele, Thursday, June 19 at 8 PM

The Open Field team is eagerly counting down to our June 14th kickoff and a night of Northern Spark at the Walker! June holds just three days of community programs on the field: Thursdays, June 19 & 26, and Saturday, June 28.  In a turn of good fortune, the lineup ahead has somehow managed to achieve the perfect balance of Open Field-ness– a mash-up of spectacle, delightful oddities, entertainment, social mixers and learning opportunities. Save the dates! Here’s why.

Come to Create:

Share in breaking the world record for longest continuous applause by a group at Dustin Luke Nelson’s APPLAUSE. You can join by passing through, being applauded, applauding someone else, applauding yourself, or observing over a beer at the picnic tables.  (Thursday, June 26, 5:30- 7:30 PM)

Artists Peter Becker Nelson and Michon Weeks bring The Animation Creation Station to the field. Make your own animation, then watch it looped on a screen minutes later. (Saturday, June 28, 12-3 PM)

Come to Learn:

Expand your music knowledge by taking in a dose of Drone music carefully curated by Dylan Hester for your enjoyment in the Conservatory. (Conservatory Listening ProjectThursday, June 19, 6-8 PM)

Practice your cursive penmanship with Walker artist regulars Alyssa Baguss and Jenni Undis, and shape up your knowledge of contemporary art terminology at the same time! Gold stars and red-penned corrections provided. (By Heart: Cursive Writing for the Contemporary ArtistThursday, June 26, 6-8 PM)

Come to Meet:

Spend some time Playing the Field! Bring a friend, make a friend, meet a love interest, enjoy a dose of information about relationship science, or just enjoy the entertainment value of this event made by creative duo FutureLabs. (Thursdays, June 19 and 26, 6-8 PM)

Come to Play:

Bring out your inner 10-year-old by sharing in childhood games with other grownups. Taylor Baldry’s Grown-up Club will lead you in rounds of Kick-the-Can and Capture the Flag. (Thursday, June 26, 6-8 PM)

Dip your feet in paint and try some choreographed dancing. Alison Anderson Holland’s Painting with Our Feet promises to be part creative movement exercise, part opportunity to tap into your silly side.  (Saturday, June 28, 12-3 PM)

Come to Enjoy: 

Experience pared-down sets from local musicians at Acoustic Campfire, Open Field’s returning Thursday night music event. The series opens with soul singer Jayanthi Kyle joined by Alicia Steele for a singalong of simple Black Heritage songs, followed by a set of traditional Irish music from The Two Tap Trio (Thursday, June 19, 8-10 PM). The next week hip-hop and spoken word artist Toussaint Morrison takes the stage with a  four-man band, closed out by a set from the eleven member, all-female cover group, Anonymous Choir. (Thursday, June 26th, 8-10 PM).