At ArtWorks, we’re sewing costumes, getting out the ladders and flipping switches for BLINK®, illuminated by ArtsWave, coming to downtown Cincinnati and Covington next week! The art, light and culture event is transforming our region Thursday, Oct. 10 – Sunday, Oct. 13. Read on to get ready for your FUTURE CITY!
Don’t BLINK and Drive
BLINK® attendees are encouraged to park on the outskirts of the festival zones and walk, bus, rideshare, or take the Cincinnati Bell Connector, which will be providing free rides all weekend!
Road closures will take place in all zone from 7pm -11pm each night and a few roads will be closed the entirety of the festival weekend.
Also, check out the BLINK Cincinnati App in the Apple App Store
or Google Play Store
! The App features an interactive map, with directions and parking information. Paper maps are available at the merchandise tent in each hospitality zone.
Thursday Sparks the BLINK® Future City Spectacular Parade Presented by Skyline Chili!
Get ready to start your BLINK Weekend on Thursday, Oct. 10!
It all kicks off with the Future City Spectacular Parade presented by Skyline Chili, curated by ArtWorks, just after sundown. Featuring more than 3,000 participants and groups from across the city and beyond, the parade will step from the corner of 8th and Vine streets in downtown Cincinnati. The stunning and lighted floats, puppets, musicians, and performers will make their way down Vine Street, ending at West Freedom Way at the Banks.
Don’t forget, wear clothing and costumes that illuminate!
See Our Youth Apprentices Aglow!
When the sun sets, our Youth Apprentices shine.
At the Future City Spectacular Parade, be on the lookout for TWO ArtWorks Youth Apprentice projects: GlowBots and Galactic Light Beasts.
GlowBots, with 10 Youth Apprentices led by local artist Kenton Brett, are robot costumes with light-based technology. See their magnificent creations Thursday, Oct. 10 at the BLINK® Future City Spectacular Parade presented by Skyline Chili, starting at 7:30 p.m.
Galactic Light Beasts, with 6 Youth Apprentices led by Jesse Mooney-Bullock, are wearable Beasts affixed to backpacks that tell a story through projection and movement for the parade on Thursday. The team will be also be featured in the Jackson Street Midway on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 6 – 9 p.m.
Jessy Mooney-Bullock collaborated with Lizzy DuQuette to lead another team to create illuminated puppets animated by apprentices to dance along the parade route on Thursday.
The ArtWorks Youth Apprentice project, Other Worldly Costumes, is out of this world! Performances will be led by local artists Lindsay Whittle and Grace Duvall, activated in collaboration with 9 Youth Apprentices. This unique costume design and performance project will take place at the Banks under the Roebling Bridge Friday, Oct. 11 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 12 at 9:30 p.m.
Earth Citizens Courage Assembly is an ArtWorks Youth Apprentice project led by local artist Lizzy DuQuette. Apprentices worked with Duquette this summer to create 3D puppets and master light-based puppetry techniques including shadow puppetry. Enjoy their hard work in the Jackson Street Midway at the Art Academy’s Brave New Window Friday, Oct. 11 at 9 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 12 at 7:30 p.m.
Meet the Artist of ArtWorks’ Latest Mural on Saturday, Oct. 12
Meet the internationally renowned artist Saya Woolfalk at the ArtWorks dedication of her latest mural, Visionary Reality Threshold, Saturday, Oct. 12 at 4:30 p.m. This mural, next to the new Kroger On the Rhine at Central Parkway and Walnut Street, features a series of mandala-like portals inviting the viewer to explore the intricacies of the pattern-work as they turn to deep contemplation and personal reflection. Three professional artists and 14 Youth Apprentices created this stunning mural over 8 weeks this past summer.
ArtWorks Dedication for Saya Woolfalk’s Visionary Reality Threshold mural
Saturday, October 12, 2019
1005 Walnut St. Cincinnati, OH 45202
4:30 – 6:00 p.m.
You’ll want to return to the mural site on Friday, Oct. 11 and Saturday, Oct 12 at 8 p.m. for “Cosmic Cartographies,” a performance and projection mapping by Woolfalk and Aimee Meredith Cox with Chantee Jordan, Teisha T. Murray, Aiden Sims and Carroll Vontaria Wallace.
ArtWorks thanks our project sponsors for support of this mural: Barlett Wealth Management, The George and Margaret McLane Foundation, Summerfair Cincinnati and The City of Cincinnati’s Youth To Work Program. Special thanks to our 2019 Mural Season Sponsor Procter and Gamble and to Talbert House and the Art Academy of Cincinnati.
ArtsWave is Offering BLINK® Guided Tours
Discover the stories behind the art at BLINK (Oct 10-13) through six unique guided tours by ArtsWave. Tours leave every half hour. Tickets are $35 for Projection Mapping and Art Installation Tours and $30 for Mural Tours. Discounts for seniors and students available; 12 and under are free and do NOT need tickets.
Go on a Free BLINK Photo Walking Tour!
We LOVE this photo taken by Mackenzie K. Frank from BLINK 2017. Are you a photographer? Check out BLINK’s FREE photo walking tours sponsored by B&H Photo Video Pro Audio!
Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about gear and camera settings from Featured Creators who are in town to share their expertise and highlight the beauty and wonder that is BLINK.
- Saturday, October 12 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., Led by Lori Zimmer
- Sunday, October 13: 8pm-10pm: Led by Halopigg
- Thursday, October 10: 9 p.m. – 11 p.m.: Led by Street Art Nomad & Street Art NYC
- Friday, October 11: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.: Led by Chop ’em Down Films
Curious about how BLINK happens?
ArtWorks, along with our partners—AGAR, Brave Berlin, the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber and the Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile Jr/U.S. Bank Foundation—have been working hard for 2 years to get everything ready for this magical moment for our region.
Find out more about what it takes to bring BLINK to life!
Don’t Just BLINK, BLINK VIP!
The key to a great party is the people, and BLINK is one gigantic party with thousands of people from around the world. Take advantage of these little hideaways, and be prepared to be pampered. BLINK is designed as a walking show with short stops along the way.
If you are craving an elevated BLINK experience check out the VIP packages available through the official BLINK website.
Access to VIP tents placed in the four hospitality areas along the route during the BLINK® event. All VIP tents will have private access restrooms and a dedicated bar with $5 drinks.
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