17Days Arts & Culture Festival adds a “picture-perfect” component to this year’s event
During ArtsGreensboro‘s annual “17Days Arts & Culture Festival,” which opens Friday and runs through Oct. 5, photographers of all ages and skill levels are invited to take 17 photos in 17 days as part of the “17 (Photos) x 17 (Days)” interactive arts project, which is presented by Photobiz, ArtsGreensboro and the Geeksboro Coffeehouse Cinema.
The festival, which opens Friday and continues through Oct. 5, is a unique showcase of more than 100 events in and around Greensboro that celebrates the diversity and creativity of the region’s artistic community. It’s “a celebration of all things beautiful and exciting.”
Therefore, no Steven Seagal movies will be screened at all.
Music, fine arts, theater, dance “” it’s all here and then some. Last year’s 17Days attracted more than 85,000 people, with more than 200 different events taking place. It truly is a celebration of all things artistic and, indeed, of all things Greensboro and Piedmont Triad.
The “17×17″ project is essentially a photographic “scavenger hunt” designed to inspire creativity and innovation from the area’s shutterbugs, be they professional, amateur or somewhere inbetween. If you like taking pictures, you too can participate. Beginning Thursday, 17×17 participants will be given unusual conceptual photo prompts for each day until Oct. 4.
Once the photos are taken, participants are instructed to upload them to the official project website (http://17x17gso.com/), where they will be posted and voted upon by audiences from around the world via social media. The photographs that receive the most praise (“votes”) will be selected for a special gallery display at the Geeksboro Coffeehouse Cinema (2134 Lawndale Drive, Greensboro) on Saturday, Nov. 8.
The idea of the 17×17 project immediately resonated with Joe Scott, founder of the Geeksboro Coffeehouse Cinema, which specializes in screening eclectic, art-house, and cult-friendly fare. It was following meetings with Photobiz arranged by Arts Greensboro that Scott recognized the project’s viability and communitywide appeal. It was something that anyone could be a part of.
“I was immediately impressed by Photobiz’s desire to conceptualize an arts project that empowers everyone in our community to become a participating artist in 17Days,” Scott said in an official statement. “17×17 marks a huge opportunity for our community in terms of the democratization of arts and media.”
For more information, call 336- 662-5691 or email info@17x17gso. com. The official festival website is http://17daysgreensboro.org/. !