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City of Bloomington participates in national public art collaborative project


A flag waves in Rosehill Cemetery as part of Bloomington's participation in a national public art collaboration called "Pledges of Allegiance." The flag, created by multimedia artist Yoko Ono, is the sixth flag in the series of 16 flags.  Buy Photos

The City of Bloomington recently announced its participation in a national public art collaboration, “Pledges of Allegiance.” The city collaborated with Creative Time, a New York-based public arts nonprofit, according to a City of Bloomington press release. 

The project is made up of a series of sixteen flags, each created by an acclaimed artist, according to the press release. On Nov. 7, the City of Bloomington, along with Creative​ ​Time,​ announced the hoisting of the sixth flag in the “Pledge of Allegiance” series “IMAGINE​ ​PEACE"​ ​by multimedia artist Yoko​ ​Ono​. 

The project is part of a larger effort by the City of Bloomington Arts Commission (BAC) and its strategic plan and public art master plan for the City of Bloomington, according to the press release. 

The public arts master plan has identified shared civic values for the arts, objectives and aspirations for public art and priorities for public art investment.These initiatives are designed to positively impact the creation of works of public art in performance, visual, literary, design and architecture disciplines, according to the press release.

“Bloomington’s participation in this national conversation is thrilling and showcases the opportunity to think about the city as a museum or exhibition unto itself,” Sean Starowtitz, assistant director of economic development for the Arts, said in the press release. “We’ve been working hard here in the arts to be a national player, and working with Creative Time helps elevate Bloomington to that level.” 

The flag can be viewed at Seminary Park, City Hall and Rosehill Cemetery.

Katie Chrisco

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