SHINE at The Color Run

The Color Run – The Happiest 5K on the Planet!

The Color Run returns for the second time in Huntsville with the all new Shine Tour!Start Line Picture

After a very successful Kaleidoscope Tour in 2014, The Color Run is coming back to the streets of Huntsville on Saturday, September 26, 2015 for the Shine Tour 2015.

The Color Run is known as The Happiest 5K on the Planet and is the largest event series in the world. The Color Run isn’t about how fast you can run or walk, it’s more about having a BLAST running through the streets of Huntsville and getting doused in a different color at each kilometer.

The best way to enjoy The Color Run is with a group of friends. You might start out wearing white at the starting line, but by the finish you’ll be a rainbow of fun!  After completing The Color Run you can enjoy the Finish Festival party with music, dancing and color throws that creates vivid clouds of color above you.

EVENT DETAILS:
Saturday, September 26, 2015
620 Clinton Street SW (also known as Lot K – the gravel lot across from the Post Office)
Waves begin at 8:00am and go every few minutes until 8:30am.  HSV RouteHOW TO REGISTER:
Are you ready to sign up?? You don’t have to run – you can walk, skip, run – or whatever you’d like! Grab some friends and use this link to sign up: www.thecolorrun.com/huntsville.

Each registrant will receive race t-shirt, gold finisher’s medal, headband, a packet of color and shiny tattoos.  An email will be sent out 10 days before the event with more details about picking up your bag of goodies.

There is no age limit for younger participants. Strollers are welcome at The Color Run, too. Children 6 and over must be registered with a race bib. Children under 6 do not need to register to race and may participate for FREE, however, they will not receive a goody bag.  There will be Color Run items and shirts for sale at the event for them. If you’d like your child under 6 to have a race goody bag, then you should register them for the race

Would you like a free race registration?  Volunteers that work at the Check-In Party on Friday receive a FREE race registration for Saturday’s race!  Check out our volunteer information below.

SEEKING VOLUNTEERS:
Are you all about the colors and glitter, but you don’t want to race?  We are seeking VOLUNTEERS for Color Run Huntsville. This is a great way to give back your community and have a lot of fun doing it. If you are interested in volunteering, sign up at this link: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/volunteer-huntsville-registration-17946545601?aff=TheArtsCouncil

Large groups should email The Color Run at volunteer@thecolorrun.com

Volunteers will receive a Color Run T-shirt and guaranteed a GREAT time!

OTHER INFORMATION AND TIPS:
This event is more than a 5K – it’s a big party! At the start line there will be a pre-race party with music, dancing, warmups and giveaways and at the finish line there is a post-race party with timed color throws, music, dancing and even more giveaways.

If you’re ready to join us to volunteer or to be in The Color Run, there are a few tips for making your time even more colorful.

What to Wear:
The best thing to wear is WHITE.  Many runners get creative and wear tutus and other fun costumes. As long as you’re wearing mostly white, you will be all set.  The color does mostly wash out after the event, but be sure to wear something that you’re OK with getting full of color. If you’d like to KEEP all of the color you capture, spray it with vinegar and iron it before washing.

For more information about the colors and clothing, click here: https://thecolorrun.com/wp-content/uploads/files/CleaningDoc2015.pdf

What to bring:
The first thing to bring is a fun attitude and be ready for a colorful party!! You can also bring spectators to watch the race and be a part of the post-race party. Other than that, be sure to have a towel to sit on in the car on the way home, just in case you have some powder left on you.  There is an air blown cleaning machine at the finish line that should help you get A lot of runners bring glasses, goggles or bandanas for over their eyes and mouths when running through the color stations. The color used at The Color Run is a non-toxic combination of cornstarch, baking soda and FD&C dyes.   If you bring a camera you should cover it with plastic wrap or put it in a plastic bag.

Do you have more questions about The Color Run? Check out their website at http://thecolorrun.com/.

 

 

Huntsville’s Downtown Book Boxes

The Arts Council, Downtown Huntsville, Inc. and the Huntsville-Madison County Public Library have launched the Downtown Book Boxes: free lending libraries in the city center. Inspired by the concept of Little Free Libraries, the three partners added some local color by having six area artists turn newspaper distribution boxes from The Huntsville Times into one-of-a-kind works of art designed to foster the love of reading.

“Downtown Huntsville, Inc. is excited to partner with the Arts Council and the Huntsville-Madison County Public Library to create our own unique version of the popular Little Free Library program,” said Chad Emerson, president and CEO of Downtown Huntsville Inc. “Combining art and learning through vintage Huntsville Times newspaper racks repurposed by local artists is an eclectic and fun way to promote learning in the city center.”

The Arts Council conducted an RFP process in which artists from across North Alabama were invited to submit their proposals for repurposing the newspaper boxes into works of art. The six artists chosen to make their mark are Willette Battle, Susie Garrett, Chandler Hayes, Amanda Massey, Gina Percifull and Logan Tanner.

“The Arts Council is always pleased to partner with other organizations in ways that allow us to further enhance community creativity and engagement to enrich the quality of life in our city,” said Allison Dillon-Jauken, executive director of The Arts Council. “Downtown Book Boxes are a wonderful way to offer everyday interactions with visual arts while helping to spread the love of the literary arts. We look forward to seeing how these boxes evolve as members of the community take advantage of these free lending libraries.”

Downtown Book Boxes will be available for use on July 23 at six locations throughout the downtown corridor. The locations are Southside Square, Northside Square, 200 Westside Square, outside Belk Hudson Lofts, in Big Spring Park East near the YMCA and one surprise location.

“We hope people will visit all of them, pick up a book and take in each of these little pieces of public art,” said Dillon-Jauken.

Friends of the Library will initially stock the book boxes and members of the public are encouraged to borrow a book and return it or leave another book in its place. The Library will also check in periodically to check stock levels and replenish as needed.

“We are very excited to be a part of an initiative that brings books and people together,” said Laurel Best, executive director of Huntsville-Madison County Public Library. “With books generously donated by the Friends of the Library, we are taking libraries to the people. Connecting the public with free reading materials and resources is what we do, and this project is another way for us to bring the library into the communities that we serve.”

Public Art Workshop with Jeff Mather

Are you interested in creating temporary public art in your neighborhood? Do you look around your environment and see a canvas for your art?

Join The Arts Council, Inc. for an exclusive workshop with Georgia-based environmental artist Jeff Mather on Tuesday, July 7 beginning at 5:30 p.m. The workshop will be held in The Arts Council offices on the north side of the Von Braun Center in downtown Huntsville. To register for the workshop, click “Going” on the Facebook event page found by clicking here.

Jeff is a site artist from Decatur, GA. who has worked extensively in the Atlanta metro area and throughout the southeast. Jeff is an independent artist and educator, designing and executing numerous works of art in public spaces, and conducting hundreds of workshops and residencies in schools and other community venues. Learn more about Jeff at https://www.facebook.com/MatherSiteArt.

2015 Concerts in the Park Lineup Released

The Arts Council, in partnership with the City of Huntsville’s Department of Parks and Recreation, is proud to announce the 2015 season for Concerts in the Park. The Concerts, which will be held for ten weeks every Monday evening, begin June 1 and conclude August 3. The series will showcase a mix of musical genres from rock and roll, Latin, pop and top 40 to swing, bluegrass, Celtic and jazz.  The Concerts will take place in downtown Huntsville on the Huntsville Museum of Art outdoor stage in Big Spring International Park from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. The series is free to the public; concertgoers should bring their own seating. Leashed pets are welcome.

Concertgoers will have a variety of dinner choices available as The Arts Council and the City of Huntsville will host local food trucks at the weekly Concerts. Offerings will include a variety of items from stuffed potatoes and seafood dinners to salads, specialty popcorn, teas, desserts and more. This year’s participating vendors include Cottage Crepes, Dale’s BBQ, Iceworks, I Love Bacon, MaggieMoo’s, Piper & Leaf, Rollin’ Lobstah, Shea’s Express, Tim’s Cajun Kitchen and What’s Popp’N.

The Concerts in the Park are a co-production of the City of Huntsville Department of Parks and Recreation and The Arts Council, Inc. The series is presented with support from DirecTV, John Blue Realty, Legacy Homes, Progress Bank and Sally and Chuck Allen. This year’s concert lineup features 19 performance groups, including seven acts that are new to the series:

June 1                   Unknown Lyric                                                 JUICE

June 8                   Cristina Lynn                                                    The Beasley Brothers

June 15                 Ashlyn Maine                                                    JED Eye

June 22                 The U.S. Army Materiel Command Band

June 29                 Reginald Jackson and Friends                      Emily Joseph Band

July 6                     Mambo Gris Gris                                            Huntsville’s In the Mood Big Swing Band

July 13                   The Reps                                                           Stillwater Bluegrass

July 20                   DeQn Sue                                                         Groove

July 27                   .45 Surprise                                                      Bourbon and Shamrocks

August 3              Winslow Davis Ensemble                                Big Daddy Kingfish

The Monday, June 22 Concert is part of Huntsville’s Armed Forces Week celebrations, and The Arts Council and City of Huntsville are proud to present Redstone Arsenal’s own Army Materiel Command Bands. The evening will end with a downtown fireworks display.

“From bands that are new to the series to returning crowd favorites, Concerts in the Park is a fun, family-friendly way to showcase musical talent in the area,” said Allison Dillon-Jauken, executive director of The Arts Council. “We are proud to join with the City of Huntsville’s Department of Parks and Recreation to feature these entertaining local musicians and tasty food from area vendors.”

For more information on the 2015 Concerts in the Park series, click here.

Panoply Quick Links

The 33rd Panoply Arts Festival opens this Friday! Here’s information about everything from the Art Marketplace to volunteering at the event. Just use the quick links below to explore the Southeast’s premier arts weekend!

Panoply 2015 Public Hours
Friday, April 24
5:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Fireworks at 9:00 presented by Delta Research

Saturday, April 25
10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Fireworks at 9:00 presented by Delta Research

Sunday, April 26
12:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Panoply Stages & Performances

Panoply Tickets (available online or at the festival gates for $10; kids 12 and under get in free)

Panoply Interactives (our hands-on creative activities)

Panoply FAQs (admittance policy, parking information & more)

Panoply Art Marketplace
presented by TOYOTA Motor Manufacturing of Alabama

Panoply First Dibs
presented by First Financial Group

Panoply School Days
presented by Regions Bank

Volunteering at Panoply

To learn more about our 2015 Poster Artwork & Artist, click here

To view our Panoply 2015 map in a pop-out window, click here

To view our Panoply 2015 map with hotspot overlays, click here

Military Salute Night returns to Panoply

Friday, April 24th will be the 4th Annual Panoply Military Salute Night, presented by Boeing. Featuring a performance by the U.S. Army Materiel Command Band Sonic Fusion, the evening’s admission will be free to active duty military, Armed Forces reserves and their dependents. Both Friday and Saturday evening will be capped with Fireworks presented by Delta Research.

“All of us on The Arts Council’s Panoply team recognize the valuable contributions the men and women in our military make to the Huntsville community on a daily basis, as well keeping us safe around the globe,” said Allison Dillon-Jauken, Arts Council executive director. “We welcome our servicemen and women and their families to join us to relax and enjoy all that Panoply has to offer.”

Military Salute Night attendees can enjoy the performances throughout the park, Panoply STEAM interactives, the World Discovery Zone, the Art Marketplace and much more at no charge.

For more information about Military Salute Night, call The Arts Council at (256) 519-2787.

Panoply’s Military Salute Night is presented with support from:

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And Military Salute Night’s Valley Jubilee programming is sponsored by:

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2015 Panoply Poster

Panoply 2015 Poster Artwork Unveiled

Today at the Huntsville/Madison County Convention & Visitor’s Bureau, Arts Council board, volunteers and staff celebrated the kickoff of Panoply ticket sales and shared highlights of the upcoming festival. Panoply will return to Big Spring Park April 24, 25 and 26.

Phantom Deer Joins the Show

2015 Panoply Poster

One key tradition of the festival is the commissioning of a piece of original artwork to serve as the poster for the event. For the 2015 festival, Arts Council leadership chose local mixed media artist Gina Percifull to create a design to represent the 33rd Panoply. Ms. Percifull is an established artist based out of Maysville, Alabama who has a devoted following of collectors throughout the Southeast. Her work spans several mediums, with a focus on assemblage, collage and using recycled and reclaimed materials, but the Panoply artwork is a painting in her signature style. Titled Phantom Deer Joins the Show, the work will also be featured in graphic form on the festival t-shirts, something The Arts Council hasn’t done in ten years.

“Gina Percifull is a fantastic artist who embodies Huntsville’s image of innovation with a funky, smart vibe,” said Steve Johnson, president of The Arts Council’s Board of Directors. “Her reuse of wood and other salvaged materials in her artwork is a great representation of our community’s focus on sustainability, and the piece she’s created for Panoply is both fresh and classic. We at The Arts Council are honored to showcase her talent through our poster and t-shirt, and hope the public visits her booth in the Art Marketplace during the festival weekend.”

Presented by TOYOTA Motor Manufacturing of Alabama, the juried Art Marketplace at Panoply is one of the most popular features of the festival. Showcasing 85 fine artists from 11 states, the Marketplace provides prime shopping in a beautiful setting over the Monroe Street bridge. Local art enthusiasts can take advantage of the festival’s First Dibs program, giving ticket buyers the opportunity to shop the marketplace before the general public arrives. First Dibs tickets can be purchased by clicking here or by calling (256) 519-2787.

To learn more about the Art Marketplace, click here.

Panoply 2015 Stage Lineup

The Panoply 2015 stage lineup truly features something for everyone!

More than 65 Arts Council members and local performers will entertain across 5 performance areas in the park, joined by two major visiting artists who embody both the well-loved and new sounds of Southern music. For individual stage schedules, click the stage name below:

Center Stage

Center Stage presented by Buffalo Rock

Friday, April 24, 2015

Big Daddy Kingfish                                                           5:00-6:00

Ashlyn Maine                                                                    7:00-7:30

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Monterrey Power Trio                                          1:30-2:15

HCC Youth Chorale                                                          10:30-11:00

Sigma Alpha Iota &
Phi Mu Alpha 20th Anniversary Alumni Group    11:15-12:00

Rocket City Barbershop                                                 12:30-1:00

Harlequin Jazz Band                                                        2:45-3:45

The Beasley Brothers                                                     4:15-5:30

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Huntsville Concert Band                                                                1:15-1:45

Rainbow Rhythm Band                                                  12:15-12:45

Huntsville Youth Orchestra                                          2:15-3:00

The Zooks                                                                           3:30-4:15

Bimini Road                                                                        5:00-5:30

Showcase Stage

Showcase Stage presented by AT&T and Artisan Twickenham Square

Friday, April 24, 2015

Unknown Lyric  6:00-7:00

Secret Sisters     7:30-9:00

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Showcase Stage seating area opens at 5:00 p.m.

Denim Jawbones             5:30-7:00

Panoply Headliner The Indigo Girls

Indigo Girls         7:30-9:00

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Jimmy Henderson Trio   4:15-5:00

Mambo Gris Gris              5:30-7:00

Valley Jubilee Stage

Valley Jubilee Stage presented by The Huntsville Times/AL.com

Friday, April 24, 2015

Winslow Davis   5:15-6:00

Reginald Jackson & Friends          6:30-7:15

U.S. Army Materiel Command Band        7:45-9:00

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Randolph Theatre            10:30-11:00

North Alabama Dance Center     11:15-11:40

Covenant Dancers           11:45-12:10

Lee High School Dance Magnet  12:15-12:40

Huntsville Ballet School 12:45-1:10

Johnson High School Dance Line                1:15-1:40

Alabama Youth Ballet     1:45-2:10

Lyrique Music Studio      2:15-2:40 PM

Lyrique Music Productions           2:45-3:15

JED Eye 3:45-4:45

The Dawn Osborne Band              5:00-6:00

Wolves of Chernobyl      6:30-7:30

Huntsville’s In the Mood Big Swing Band               8:00-8:45

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Project UP          12:15-12:40

Jill’s Studio of Dance       12:45-1:10

Ann’s Studio of Dance    1:15-1:40

Madison Ballet  1:45-2:10

Stars & Clowns  2:15-2:40

Valley Dance Theatre     2:45-3:10

Musicology         3:15-3:45

Stillwater Bluegrass         4:00-5:15

Microwave Dave & The Nukes   5:45-7:00

World Stage

World Stage presented by Publix

Friday, April 24, 2015

Marc Gunn         5:30-6:15

Black Market Haggis        6:45-7:45

Saturday, April 25, 2015

HMCPL Puppet Troupe  11:00-11:30

Fitness Irish Dancers       12:00-12:30

Beledi Club         1:00-1:30

Huntsville Chinese Association   1:45-2:30

Fantasy Players 3:00-4:00

Chris Hale            4:30-5:15

Bourbon and Shamrocks               7:00-8:15

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Grace Lutheran Youth Handbell Choir     12:30-1:15

Single & Doubles Square Dance 1:45-2:15

Alexander’s Martial Arts                               2:30-3:00

Does Viejos Hombres    3:15-4:00

Kush      4:30-6:00

Gazebo Family Stage

Gazebo Family Stage presented by St. Jude Clinic at Huntsville Hospital for Women and Children

Friday, April 24, 2015

Character Meet & Greet: Fantasy Playhouse       5:30-6:00

Character Meet & Greet               7:00-7:30

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Will Whetzel       1:00-1:30

Character Meet & Greet               11-11:30

Emma Klein        12:00-12:30

Just Gracey         2:15-2:45

Tommy Friend   3:45-4:15

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Dennis Parker    1:45-2:15

Character Meet & Greet: Alabama Youth Ballet 12:45-1:15

Carrie Ann Smallwood   3:00-3:30

Character Meet & Greet               4:00-4:30

LIT Electrifies Downtown Huntsville

Yes, it was cool – the temperature but especially the digital art projections, colorful light and environmental designs that transformed the downtown square into a living work of art with a fusion of light, innovation and technology.

America’s Party Pros, LED Orange and the University of Alabama Huntsville each displayed unique interactive video and light displays and projections on the structures around Huntsville’s downtown square.

All four sides of the square were closed to allow festivalgoers the chance to truly immerse themselves in the light experience.