Rainbow City Shreveport

Rainbow City Shreveport is presented by the Shreveport Regional Arts Council (SRAC) via a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, and will be on view from November 2 to December 8, 2019. RAINBOW CITY Shreveport will be a place to make new friends and entertain families during a six-week, fun-filled festival, as the people of Shreveport celebrate the grand opening of the City’s first urban greenspace—CADDO COMMON. CADDO COMMON, with its RAINBOW CITY, is located at 869 Texas Avenue in downtown Shreveport in the Shreveport Common Neighborhood. It is FREE and open to the public. Arts in Education Tours, with hands-on STEAM activities, begin Monday, November 4 and continue to Friday, December 6. Dynamic programming continues throughout the six-week festival and includes Walking Wednesdays, Food Truck Court lunches and suppers, Friday Night Dance Parties, Sunday Brunches, a Weekend Arts Market and special events. Visit www.FriendsWithYouShreveport.com for complete details.

From press release:
Academy Award-Winning Animation Artist William (Bill) Joyce says, ““RAINBOW CITY is not just balloons and bouncy houses. It’s a place about possibility, about heart, about innocence, and hope. RAINBOW CITY is about the power of art to open up and change everyone’s way of thinking about Art as a vital part of our community and culture. RAINBOW CITY is especially a place about the power to transform children into artistically attuned adults.”

SRAC is bringing the FriendsWithYou Artist Collective of Sandoval and Borkson to Northwest Louisiana as Artists-In-Residence to share their message and to share RAINBOW CITY. They will work with area artists, children, neighbors and residents of social service organizations in the neighborhood where the new CADDO COMMON is located to help them see how art has the power to transform a community.

“We are excited to bring the “Magic, Luck and Friendship” of FriendsWithYou and a RAINBOW CITY to the people of Shreveport and their new CADDO COMMON. Our goal is always to share the hope of personal, physical and community transformation through our Art. We plan to activate the entire city to be a part of this experience. We are excited about the possibilities and about making unique and experiential Art in Shreveport—pushing the Art to see the possibilities,” say Sandoval and Borkson.

FriendsWithYou kicked off their Northwest Louisiana artist-in-residency in April during SRAC’s ArtBreak Festival (the largest student arts festival in the south) with a student competition for the design of a new inflatable. Fourth grade student Isaiah Roberts’s drawing was chosen to be the newest FriendsWithYou air-filled sculpture. “Gumball” will make its debut at the head of the RAINBOW CITY SHREVEPORT OPENING DAY PARADE. The public is invited to join hundreds of community marchers, bicyclers, and costumed characters, as they make their way from artspace in downtown Shreveport to THE COMMON Park with “Gumball in the lead.”

RAINBOW CITY SHREVEPORT is made possible by generous sponsorships from Ochsner Health System/LSU Health System, The City of Shreveport, The Louisiana Office of Tourism, The Shreveport Convention & Tourist Bureau, The Shreveport Regional Airport and Red Ball Oxygen. Red Ball is supplying the helium that gives the inflated sculptures their height. Alex Kennedy made the generous donation after hearing how the installation will bring the community together, “on Common Ground,” to experience RAINBOW CITY. Kennedy says, “I’m proud to see Shreveport at the helm of an international Arts experience, and happy we can make this Public Art installation open to all people with no admission!”

CADDO COMMON, with its RAINBOW CITY, is located at 869 Texas Avenue in downtown Shreveport in the Shreveport Common Neighborhood. It is FREE and open to the public. Arts in Education Tours, with hands-on STEAM activities, begin Monday, November 4 and continue to Friday, December 6. Dynamic programming continues throughout the six-week festival and includes Walking Wednesdays, Food Truck Court lunches and suppers, Friday Night Dance Parties, Sunday Brunches, a Weekend Arts Market and special eve