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Blackfoot Pathways: Sculpture in the Wild International Sculpture Symposium
4 Mar 2014
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Lincoln, Montana, a community nestled in the Blackfoot Valley of Montana, has been the center of rich, often times conflicting, social, cultural and environmental values. Mining, logging and ranching has been the key economic factors that have sustained the community throughout its history. As the logging and mining industries have subsided over the past 25 years the community finds itself at a crossroads in both economic and cultural development.

Reflecting on its history and looking towards the future, the community has chosen contemporary art practice to act as both a creative and economic catalyst. The proposed sculpture symposium will bring internationally respected symposium artists  Steven Siegel (USA), Jorn Ronnau (Denmark), Jaakko Perno (Finland), Alan Counihan (Ireland), Brandon Ballengee (USA) and Kevin O’Dwyer (Ireland)  on site to engage with it’s landscape, exploring it’s historical, environmental and industrial history, through contemporary art practice. This engagement will:

  • Place artists and art at the center of planning, execution and activity.
  • Provide community engagement through hands-on participation and education thus encouraging creative expression. 
  • Create a community identity and a “sense of place”.
  • Promote Lincoln as an “art destination” providing cultural and economic development.
  • Provide long term opportunities for economic and cultural agencies to invest in the community.
  • Provide the framework for the development of a vibrant artist community thus improving the quality of life in rural Montana.
  • Encourage social, cultural and economic vibrancy in the Blackfoot Valley.

The International Sculpture Symposium takes place from September 15-October 4, 2014, and feeds into the long term vision of the development of a 26 acre sculpture park – Blackfoot Pathways – Sculpture in the Wild. The sculpture park will provide a unique visitor experience that is multi-sensory and provides the public with an opportunity to engage with art and nature in a relaxed atmosphere free from the institutional structure of museums.

This event is featured on the Year of the Rural Arts Calendar of Events. For more information on the Year of the Rural Arts, visit www.artoftherural.org

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