Welcome to ArtReach Project #5
The Playful City Banner Project
May-August 2016

The ArtReach Project was out and about in the community all summer long celebrating Lincoln, Nebraska's status as a Nationally recognized "Playful City USA" by creating the "Playful City Banner" with drawings of playfulness! After kicking off the banner project at Lincoln Parks & Rec's Party in the Park event on May 28th, the project traveled to sites which included the Ne Folk and Roots Festival (June 10-11) and each Thursday night throughout the summer at the KZUM Stransky Park music series. Adding their name to the list was StoryHook, located downtown in The Burkeholder Project where the project was set up during the First Friday Artwalk on August 5th.

The final length of the banner was revealed on Saturday, August 13th at the final Party in the Park event at Union Plaza...with a whopping 510 feet of playful drawings. Thanks Lincoln! Look for 10-12 ft sections of the banner to be on display in select locations throughout the city.

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Inspired by: Lincoln Parks & Rec and Party in the Parks

The goal of this project is to engage folks in thinking about all the different ways we infuse play into our everyday lives and then to draw that on a flag that becomes a part of a community banner that celebrates Lincoln, Nebraska's 3rd year as a distinguished "Playful City USA".


Somewhere between 400-500 people sat down at the ArtReach tables to design, draw, and watercolor an 8x8 flag to contribute to the banner project. Ages have ranged from toddlers to retired citizens and have spanned all walks of life. The banner project was picked up by local radio station KZUM 89.3 and became an established part of the weekly free concerts at Stransky Park, contributing to the family friendly and arts inspired atmosphere. All the flags assembled into one long banner totaled 510 feet! The banners will be displayed in select locations in 10-12 foot lengths all over the city to continue the "playful" celebration. How fun!