July 19 is Creative City Challenge Play Day

The Balancing Ground art installation near the Convention Center. Credit: Submitted photo

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 19 the public is invited to engage in free activities and musical performances as a part of Play Day at the Minneapolis Convention Center Plaza’s Balancing Ground public art space. Play Day is a part of the Aquatennial and is one of three Creative City Challenge events taking place this summer.

Staring at 10 a.m., Ross Hackenmiller will lead a Social Jam Session that encourages everyone in attendance to pick up instruments and make noise. At noon, artist Amanda Lovelee and square dance caller Ann Carter will host Call and Answer, a program about balance on the dance floor and connecting with others through hand holding. See a past Call and Answer session at http://vimeo.com/28604409.

At 2 p.m., Music of the Sun (MOTS) will take over. MOTS is an outdoor music program that relies on solar and bicycle power. The trio of Tim Donahue, Charlie Henrikson and John Vance bike some of Minneapolis’ bike trails to charge up their musical and solar gear before they arrive in the plaza to play music that blurs the lines between familiar and abstract.

The event will also have a variety of activities that people of all ages can participate in, including massages, electric hopscotch, DIY activities and arcade games. Artists and projects participating include Function Massage and Acupuncture, Temporary Table Tennis Trailer, Dosha Kitchen, Daytime Post, Leonardo’s Basement, Play From Scratch, YOXO, the Arcade Backpack and Electric Hopscotch. Musical performances will take place all day on the Balancing Ground stage. For more detailed descriptions visit http://www.minneapolis.org/event/play-day-plaza