The City of Clarksville Parks and Recreation Department partnered with Art Link to host the fourth Art on the Park event Saturday, October 15, 2016. The event was held at the skate park in Heritage Park off Peachers Mill Road.
Those attending the event got to talk to artists about their work, painted masterfully on the walls of the park, enjoyed watching skaters show off their sport and listen to live music by Rufus Dawkins.
“The whole goal of it is to ignite passion, build character through creativity,” said Maria Haycraft, founder of the Art Link. “What we’re trying to do is something with extreme sports as well as art and music, so its just another form of creativity.”
Aspiring skaters were given tips and guidance from experienced skaters and little kids watched on eagerly. Artists put the fnishing touches on their pieces, and kids helped fill in the empty spaces with paint.
“Our goal is to have a creative environment for our young people to just be able to be themselves and dive into what they’re passionate about in any form of creativity,” said Haycraft. “It can be music, dance, it can be painting, drawing. It can be skateboarding. Anything that is a creative outlet for them because we believe so passionately that when you get to develop and dive into your passion it opens up your creative thinking.”
The event takes place every other year in an effort to beautify the Heritage Park Skate Park and to deter graffiti. For more information about Art on the Park, visit www.cityofclarksville.com/artonthepark.
The event was sponsored by Porter Paints, Sacer & Savive, Art Link, No Egrets Tattoos, Clarksville Living Magazine and Wicked Good Sandwiches.