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'Art and the Green Castle' to be Explored and Celebrated at 2010's ArtsFest

October 15, 2010

Also: 2010 ArtsFest Schedule

42487October 15, 2010, Greencastle, Ind. — Art has the potential to break down barriers and build cities. Art can be a way for communities to come together. Art, even at its most controversial, inspires conversation and interaction. It is these notions of art that are the focus of "ArtsFest 2010: Art and the Green Castle." Staged as a way for art to bind the DePauw community with the greater Greencastle community, the October 31 – November 6 week of art activities focuses on bringing townspeople to campus and students to town.

This year you might experience Artsfest at the Putnam County Museum or the movie theater or even in a local restaurant. Art is everywhere in our community, it is composed, created, sung, and experienced in schools, on campus, in businesses, in parks, and even out in the cornfields. (art by Greencastle artist Jennifer Herrold)

86624The whimsical title, "Art and the Green Castle," is an invitation to play in the Green Castle we call home, so events have been scheduled in town and on campus to encourage the DePauw community out of the "bubble" and to invite the Greencastle community to feel more at home on campus. All of the community's children are invited to Art Attack on Sunday, October 31 from 12:40 to 4 p.m. to experience art, crafts, poetry, and music at the Green Center for the Performing Arts. On the same day, all are invited to play a round of artsy miniature golf in Bowman Park outside the Green Center. Play for free but donations of art supplies (or cash) to support art in local schools will be gratefully accepted. Local businesses have teamed up with artists and musicians to offer Art Walk Through the Green Castle on Friday from 3 – 10 p.m. An Art Walk voucher, available free, entitles you to special offers at the participating venues.

66236Much of the art we'll witness at ArtsFest asks us to think about the veils and borders inside and around our community. The classic Indiana film Breaking Away, showing free at Ashley Square Cinemas on Monday, November 1, at 7:30 p.m., asks its viewers to consider the relationship between "the cutters" and a college campus. The Green Bag Lunch series held in a variety of locations on and off campus throughout the week will allow discussions about community and poetry, music, stories, and visual art. "The Veil: Visible and Invisible Spaces" on exhibit at the Richard E. Peeler Art Galleries asks us to consider the "veil" in a larger communal context and to think about the veils between us. On Wednesday, November 3 at 820137:30 p.m., author and DePauw alumnus Matt Dellinger (pictured at right) will read from his book Interstate 69: The Unfinished History of the Last Great American Highway, which asks us to consider how a road -- one planned to pass close by -- impacts community and the nation it may cross. Advanced theatre students from Greencastle High School will team with the Greencastle Service Theatre to create an original interactive performance about the relationship of Putnam County youth to the larger. The ongoing "This I Believe" Putnam County Reads series will culminate at the Prindle Institute of Ethics on Thursday November 4 with members throughout our community sharing their essays on their own beliefs.

Music -- playing and singing it, listening and dancing to it -- will ring out through the week. The DePauw Symphony Orchestra 86625will present "The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra" at 3 p.m. during October 31's Art Attack. Members of the community who have been students of DePauw voice faculty will perform in a concert entitled "Opening Doors" on Saturday at 4 p.m. in Greencastle's castle, East College. All are invited to Tad Robinson and Friends, the closing night party on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in the Great Hall of the Green Center for the Performing Arts. Rumor has it that the renowned blues artist's "friends" is local favorite, the Average House Band.

This is only a sampling. The schedule is teaming with more art exhibits, openings, musical performances, and films. All are free and open to the public. This online schedule allows you to view all the events in detail. Brochures are available at the events or by contacting gfenlon@depauw.edu or calling (765) 658-4485.

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