“Banjostand” Interactive Public Art Project Returns for 2017 World of Bluegrass

News posted Sep. 12, 2017 - 2:48 pm
Banjo Stand

Artist Bland Hoke will install “Banjostand,” a popular interactive public art project, for the International Bluegrass Music Association’s 2017 World of Bluegrass event Sept. 26 – 30.
“Banjostand,” made from hundreds of castoff banjo parts to create a bandstand, will be located at the Bruno Lucchesi sculpture of Sir Walter Raleigh at the Cabarrus Street end of the Raleigh Convention Center, next to the IBMA Youth Stage.

Activities this year include a prop shop with a photographer to capture participants in costume, yoga classes, and a combo music class and jam session led by local musicians.
“The ‘Banjostand’ is a community favorite. Musicians meet to play at the stand or take a group photo.” said Sarah Powers, Executive Director of Raleigh Arts, “We’re excited to bring back the installation along with a great line up of free events to make sure everyone stops by to enjoy the work.”
Yoga with Sir Walter sessions will be free and open to the public. Participants should bring a yoga mat. Taught by Blue Lotus yoga, classes will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 28 at 6:30 a.m. and Saturday, September 30 at 8:30 a.m. at “Banjostand.”

Local music teachers, and talented performers, Jef Walter and Spencer Mobley will lead a free beginning to intermediate music class and jam session. Join them from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, September 29 to learn some N.C. bluegrass tunes. Bring your instrument!

The community will have a chance to enter a #Banjostand photo contest. To enter, participants need to use the hashtag #Banjostand to send photo greetings to fellow bluegrass fans from “Banjostand.”Prizes include a Martin guitar, locally made Raleigh products, a PineCone t-shirt or CD, as well as a year-long PineCone membership.
“Banjostand” artist Bland Hoke creates high-impact site-integrated artwork throughout the United States using reclaimed and recycled materials. He takes an environmentally conscientious approach and works with post-use metals, fabrics, equipment, and cast-offs from industry. He is a 2002 graduate of Parsons School of Design at
The New School in New York City, with a master’s degree in transdisciplinary design. He received his bachelor’s degree from New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, where he graduated magna cum laude in 2007. He resides in Long Island City, N.Y.

The International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA.org) is the professional trade organization for the global bluegrass music community. The organization’s stay in Raleigh is the result of a partnership with the Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau; PineCone, the Piedmont Council of Traditional Music; the City of Raleigh; and a local organizing committee. 2017 heralds the fifth year for the presentation of World of Bluegrass Week in Raleigh.

The Office of Raleigh Arts supports and promotes the arts in Raleigh by administering the programs of the Raleigh Arts Commission and the Public Art and Design Board and supporting the Pullen and Sertoma arts centers. The Office of Raleigh Arts is a part of the City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department.

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