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Strathmore Debuts Campus-Wide Outdoor Art Installation Titled Monuments: Creative Forces Fall 2020

From October 1-25, Strathmore welcomes the community back with care to its 16-acre campus in North Bethesda, MD to experience Monuments: Creative Forces, an outdoor installation by Australian artist Craig Walsh. The exhibition’s subjects will be artists whose work and artistic endeavors are changing the shape of our community in profound ways. Expansive video portraits of these creative heroes, chosen by a diverse panel of community and arts leaders, will be projected on to towering trees, transforming them into animated sculptural monuments.

Image courtesy of the artist.

Monuments: Creative Forces redefines traditional expectations of public monuments and the selective history represented in our civic spaces. At a time when our nation questions the efficacy of effigy, Strathmore creates a space for the community to further explore the conversation around monuments and their meaning. The project challenges the traditional concept of monuments to celebrate living, contributing, members of our community, and swapping out chiseled marble for an ethereal face in the leaves of a tree.  “While an essential dialogue about the appropriateness of many monuments continues, visitors to the DC area know first-hand the power of visiting installations that reminds us of our better angels,” remarks Strathmore Artistic Director Joi Brown.

WhileMonuments: Creative Forces has been years in the planning, it is particularly resonant today as Strathmore’s campus becomes a space for safe connection between community and the art that shapes it. “We’re thrilled to be able to honor and celebrate the way these artists are impacting the community,” shares Brown, “the exhibition allows Strathmore to leverage our entire campus to create a comfortable and socially distant environment for the community to engage with and enjoy the arts during the ongoing pandemic.”

Monuments: Creative Forces runs Thursday, October 1st through Sunday, October 25th. Timed entry tickets go on sale Wednesday, September 9. Tickets for each time slot will be very limited to allow for adequate space for each patron or family. To keep this event accessible to all, Strathmore will utilize a “pay what you can” model, with free entry available Sunday–Thursday and entry starting at $5 on Friday and Saturday. For more information please visit www.strathmore.org/monuments.

About Strathmore 
Strathmore presents and produces exemplary visual and performing arts programs for diverse audiences; creates dynamic arts education experiences; and nurtures creative ideas and conversations that advance the future of the arts. The organization’s hallmark is the Music Center at Strathmore, with a 1,976-seat concert hall and education complex. Its core campus also includes the historic Mansion at Strathmore, which features an intimate Music Room and art galleries. More recently, Strathmore opened AMP, a 250-seat cabaret-style venue located just up Rockville Pike from the core campus in the burgeoning Pike District of Montgomery County. Strathmore is dedicated to creating a vibrant arts community that welcomes everyone. Therefore, in 2016, the Bloom initiative was formalized to serve Montgomery County’s schools, community centers, parks, retirement communities, and more.

Strathmore is supported by a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive.  An agency of the Department of Business & Economic Development, MSAC provides financial support and technical assistance to non-profit organizations, units of government, colleges and universities for arts activities.  Strathmore is also supported in part by the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County.

(Source: Strathmore press release)