Let the Public Play Exhibition at CAC Gallery. Opening Reception Monday, Jan. 27.
The Opening Reception for the new Let the Public Play (LPP) Exhibition will be held Monday, Jan. 27, from 6-8 p.m., at CAC Gallery, 344 Broadway, 2nd Floor, Cambridge. The exhibit will be on display Jan. 20 - June 20, 2014.
Play is fundamental to human development. Difficult to define but universally experienced, free play appears to have no function and yet has persisted throughout evolution. It can be observed in an infinite variety of forms, sometimes with intricate rules, sometimes with no rules at all – a “behavioral kaleidoscope.” It can be solitary or social. At its best, it is imaginative, generated from the “player,” improvisational, challenging, open-ended and multi-sensory. Play is an activity where we learn and think with our bodies as well as our brains.
LPP will be a very exciting and engaging exhibition and relates to the idea that intergenerational play and whimsy in open space and the built environment of the city is important to our individual and collective development.
In addition to the exhibition in the CAC Gallery, there will be temporary outdoor sculptural installations that inspire play as well as an interactive card deck with examples of public artworks that have been developed in locations around the world and encourage public engagement and play. The project is funded in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and is based on ideas and conversations that occurred within the Cambridge Open Space Committee and resulting Healthy Parks & Playgrounds Task Force.
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