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Explore the IX Art Park

In Things to Do in Charlottesvilleby xponent21

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The IX Art Park is a public, non-commercial space that holds a variety of community events. Open from dawn to dusk every day, anyone is welcome to enjoy its sculptures, murals and more! Furthermore, special events allow the IX Art Park to involve the community and stimulate the imagination of its visitors.

How Did IX Art Park Start?

The warehouse property is the perfect location, carrying anything from public art to gardens and community kitchens. It was created to focus on cultural aspects and to stimulate involvement within the community. Phase 1 of the IX Art Park was completed through the help of donations, artist-led teams, and school groups. Currently, 45 different artists, sculptures, muralists and more are involved with the creation. Additionally, participation from a variety of staff and students in nearby areas has contributed to its success!

What’s Next?

Phase 2 of the IX Art Park will be an expansion of Phase 1, teaching craft skills with mosaic, tile, glass, and concrete. Furthermore, in the downstairs of the warehouse they plan to add a “makers space”, public event space, and a community kitchen. In addition to these new features, they are considering hosting retail opportunities for art, as well as artist in-residence studios. The opportunities are endless, the potential for growth is high and the creativity is just beginning!

How Can You Help?

Since Phase 2 has yet to be started, donations will help turn their ideas and visions into reality. Not only can you donate money, but you can also donate materials such as metal, paint, wood, and more! Of course, you can also volunteer your time and efforts in the creation itself! Volunteers can help to reduce labor costs in the future. The IX Art Park’s intent is to encourage involvement and a sense of community in the surrounding areas. Donating money, time or materials is a great place to start!

Events at IX Art Park

Weekly Events

Bachata Fusion: This weekly Wednesday dance party is from 8:30pm-1:00 am. Spend the first 30 minutes in an introductory bachata lesson, then dance the night away to DJ Bachata’s Latin mix! Remember, cover for ladies is $5 and $8 for men, but students can receive a discount with their ID!

Sunday Salsa: Can’t get enough dancing? Enjoy Sunday Salsa every week from 8:30pm-1:00 am. Receive a lesson in the first 30 minutes and again, dance the night away! Cover prices are the same at this event as they are for Bachata Fusion.

Capoeira Resistência: Classes are Mondays from 4:30-5:30 pm for children and 5:30-6:30 pm for adults. The tuition is $80 a month or $12 per class drop-in. Practice balance, rhythm, culture and more at these educational and fun classes!

Upcoming Events

IX Beach Club: Havana Nights: On August 11th from 1:00pm-4:00 pm, be sure to check out the IX Beach Club: Havana Nights! This family-friendly event will have you learning salsa or sipping on something sweet! Free to the public, come see what this event is all about.

The Elephant in the Room: Join IX Art Park on either August 15th or 16th from 7:00pm-8:00 pm for The Elephant in the Room. Written and performed by Priyanka Shetty, this story tells of her experience with her cultural Indian roots, and issues of race, love, and loss.

Reggae Roots and Poetry: a Tribute to Marcus Garvey: On Friday, August 16th from 10:00pm-2:00 am, enjoy a tribute to Marcus Garvey, a Jamaican hero, activist, and philosopher. With live performances by Iron Lion World, Davina Jackson, as well as DJ FlatlineLay, this night will be one to remember!

The Locals 5th Year Anniversary: Celebrate their 5th year on August 17th from 4:00pm-11:00 pm. Starting with an open mic at the beginning and ending with a four-band lineup, enjoy some music from local artists!

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