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Bloomington Participates In National Public Art Collaboration With Creative Time
Updated November 9, 2017 7:44 AM
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(BLOOMINGTON) - The City of Bloomington is proud to announce its participation in a national public art collaboration, Pledges of Allegiance, with Creative Time, the New York-based public arts nonprofit, which is committed to working with artists on the dialogues, debates, and dreams of our time.

Today, the City of Bloomington and Creative​ ​Time​ are pleased to announce the hoisting of the sixth public artwork in the Pledges​ ​of​ ​Allegiance​ series, IMAGINE​ ​PEACE,​ ​by multi-media artist Yoko​ ​Ono​.

The IMAGINE PEACE flag is inspired by a concept developed by Yoko Ono and her late husband John Lennon, who dedicated their lives and careers to tireless work as peace activists, beginning with their 1973 proposal of "Nutopia," a world without borders. Since its inception, Ono has manifested IMAGINE PEACE in over 24 languages, as billboards, posters, newspaper advertisements, badges, tweets, and countless other media, to share this message of peace with the global community.

This flag continues Ono's ever-growing peace campaign, a movement that in this current political climate is now more timely than ever. In a show of solidarity, Institutions across the country will raise the IMAGINE PEACE flag in recognition that, as citizens of the world, we need to encourage and embrace peace.

"We are proud to be recognized as one of the cultural institutions participating in such an important national public art project. Bloomington stands in solidarity with Creative Time as we fly IMAGINE PEACE. We recognize that the world can and should change, so we hope that this project will inspire residents to think about how they can be a part of the change," said Mayor John Hamilton.

This project is part of a larger effort put forth by the City of Bloomington Arts Commission (BAC) and its Strategic Plan and Public Art Master Plan for the City of Bloomington. The Public Arts Master Plan has identified shared civic values for the arts, objectives and aspirations for public art, and priorities for public art investment, which are designed to positively impact the creation of bold, innovative and impactful works of public art in performance, visual, literary, design and architecture disciplines.

"Bloomington's participation in this national conversation is thrilling and showcases the opportunity to think about the City as a museum or exhibition unto itself. We've been working hard here in the arts to be a national player, and working with Creative Time helps elevate Bloomington to that level," commented Sean Starowitz, Assistant Director of Economic Development for the Arts.

Residents and visitors can see IMAGINE PEACE at the following locations around Bloomington: Seminary Park, 546 S College Avenue; City Hall, 401 N Morton Street; and Rosehill Cemetery, 1100 W 4th Street.

For more information about Creative Time and the Pledges of Allegiance series, visit creativetime.org.

With questions or concerns, please contact Sean Starowitz at 812-349-3534.



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