This Weekend: Urban Canvas at FIGMENT

Urban Canvas at Figment 2010Now in its second year, FIGMENT is an annual festival which "celebrates an abundence of creativity and passion, challenging artists and our communities to find new ways to create, share, think, and dream."

If you remember last year, Urban Canvas descended upon Memorial Drive and, with the help of volunteers and countless participants, covered a HUGE part of the roadway with colorful creations, ad hoc interpretations, and an attempt at a participatory storyline.

This year, we've been invited back!  There are a few big changes, but the spirit remains the same, as will our intent to delight festivalgoers of all ages.  First, the festival will take place on the Rose Kennedy Greenway in Boston, and will stretch across two days this weekend: June 4-5, 2011.*  This year, they are putting a special emphasis on participation and interactivity from all artists, which is perfect for us, because...well, that's the cornerstone of what we do!

Although we'll be there in force -- with a few new interactive ideas up our sleeves -- we would really love some help from YOU in volunteering during the event (or some portion thereof).  If you'd like to become more involved in what we do, now's the time!

If you'd like to help make this happen, and make our involvement bigger and better than ever, go ahead and drop us a line at uc @ bostonsos.org.  Let us know who you are and that you'd like to be a part of it during the festival...even for 30 minutes or an hour.  Or just stop by and introduce yourself!

And the best part: if you've ever worked with us before, you know that you don't need to be an artiste to help out...let alone have any artistic talent (which is in the eye of the beholder anyway).  It's all about using chalk as a unique tool to engage passersby, encourage them to think creatively, and just have a good time.

* Although the festival runs for two days, our participation will be based on how long the chalk lasts.  We'll definitely be there on Saturday between about 11:00-6:00, with maybe some spillover into that last hour of the festival.  We'll be located near the jagged-looking headhouses of the South Station Subway in what is known locally as Dewey Square.  (exact time and location subject to change...when in doubt, just look for the people chalking!)