Teaching children to appreciate public art while having fun will be part of this year’s annual Kettering Block Party.
Bike the Arts, a Kettering Arts Council initiative formed in 2013, will host a Walk/Bike the Arts tour of sculptures throughout Lincoln Park Civic Commons Monday during the annual community celebration.
In past years, Bike the Arts has hosted longer bike rides through the community but intentionally made the route shorter this year so adults and children could participate together, said Shayna V. McConville, City of Kettering cultural arts manager.
“The great thing about the location is we have a ton of public art there, so it seemed like a really good fit.” The route, less than a mile, will begin near the Fraze Pavilion.
Bicyclists and walkers of all ages can navigate to five sculptures in the park and learn about the artwork and artists from Kettering Arts Council volunteers.
Among the installations on the tour are the wistful “Old Man and His Dog,” a bronze sculpture by Glenna Goodacre, and the soaring aluminum “Song and Dance,” by artist Barry Gunderson, the first public sculpture installed in Lincoln Park Civic Commons.
“These are really important works to Kettering and are part of our legacy,” said McConville. “These are pieces that we’ve invested in that demonstrate our commitment to a healthy vibrant community.”
Participants can pick up a passport and map at the start located on Lincoln Park Boulevard East near the Fraze. The passports will be stamped along the journey through the outdoor artistry. Free swag will be available at the Kettering Arts Council booth at the finish.
During the block party the City of Kettering will provide free bicycle helmet fittings for children ages 5 to 16.
“I hope that kids will see public arts a little differently, perhaps with more information or more thoughtfulness,” said McConville. “And that they recognize the value of our public spaces. Our parks are glorious and these artworks really enhance each public space.”
WANT TO GO?
What: The Kettering Block Party and Bike/Walk the Arts
The annual block party is a celebration of community. Free hot dogs, chips and ice cream will be available and informational booths and displays will showcase City of Kettering departments.
The Kettering Civic Band will perform in the Fraze amphitheater at 7 p.m.
When: Monday, June 11 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Lincoln Park Civic Commons and Fraze Pavilion
More information: fraze.com/kettering-block-party/