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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Indian Hill Historical Society Enjoys A Sneak Preview of BLINK

by Moira Grainger

As the Indian Hill Historical Society kicks off a new season of exciting programs this month, many of the organization’s members got a sneak preview of a brand-new multi-media event just around the corner. Last April, members of the Historical Society were treated to a presentation by former Channel 12 News Anchor Kit Andrews, who provided advance details of the upcoming BLINK event in downtown Cincinnati. BLINK, scheduled for October 12-15, is expected to be one of the largest light, art and projection mapping events in the nation. This four-day event will feature large-scale projection mapping installations, murals, urban artscapes, media light and interactive art. BLINK will span 20 city blocks, from Cincinnati's Banks to Findlay Market. As spectators browse displays on the route, there will be specialty food and beverages will be available for purchase along the way.  Best of all, unlike LUMINOSITY, BLINK is free and open to the public - no tickets are required and the open venue allows for a more relaxed experience. 

Lisa O'Brien and Lydia Chantilas

Ms. Andrews, who currently serves as Director of Individual Giving, offered a fascinating presentation on ArtWorks murals that have transformed exterior building spaces in the downtown area. The BLINK event offers visitors a unique multi-media artistic experience that incorporates the various ArtWorks creations.

When BLINK officially kicks off on October 12, there will be a light-filled parade through the historic Over-the-Rhine neighborhood. BLINK is seeking a variety of groups and individuals to participate in the parade, such as schools, competitive dance groups, arts and cultural groups, musical groups, individuals, and families.
BLINK will feature a light and art event that features large-scale architectural projection mapping, light-based sculptures and installations, brand-new murals and interactive art. Projection mapping is the art of turning unusual or irregularly shaped objects – such as buildings – into a video projection surface. Using specialized software, the artist is able to make the space come alive with animations, optical illusions and notions of movement. The inaugural BLINK event will be held Thursday, October 12, and all shows and exhibits begin at sundown - approximately 7:15pm - and run until midnight. Hospitality areas serving food and beverages will open at 5pm.

Indian Hill Historical Society President Susan Holzapfel, Program Chair Judith Affatato and ArtWorks Director of Individual Giving Kit Andrews visit during a presentation on ArtWorks and BLINK

Local organizations involved in planning this unique Cincinnati event are the Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile Jr. Foundation/Strategic Philanthropy Partner; Brave Berlin;ArtWorks Cincinnati; and the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber.
The Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation is an independent family foundation dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for residents in the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky region. The Haile Foundation has led and supported BLINK’s initial vision, planning and strategy development and is playing a critical role in connecting BLINK to the philanthropic community.

Ann Kranbuhl, Barbara Pope and Phyllis Reichle
Brave Berlin are a creative event and media production company best known in Cincinnati as the creators and producers of Lumenocity. They have produced media and social experiences for Ford Motor Company, Pepsi, P&G, and many others. AGAR is a social intelligence agency that leverages brand activation, event production, digital platforms, media and content design to grow a brand's culture. 

Artworks Director of Individual Giving Kit Andrews visits with Indian Hill Historical Society Treasurer Jim Barber last April
ArtWorks Cincinnati is an award-winning non-profit organization that employs and trains local youth and talent to create art and community impact through three strategic programming areas: public art, including an extensive mural program; an art therapy division, ArtRx; and an entrepreneurial arm, Creative Enterprise. 
The Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber grows vibrancy and economic prosperity of the Cincinnati region and is known for producing world-class festivals such as Taste of Cincinnati and Oktoberfest Zinzinnati.

Dr. David Zipfel and Paula Zipfel

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