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Bloom Fest to Celebrate All Things Spring in Downtown Chapel Hill

Post Date:05/07/2019 9:43 AM

On Sunday, May 19, downtown Chapel Hill will be in bloom with a new outdoor festival called Bloom Fest. The community is invited to come to 140 West Plaza from 1 to 6 p.m. and celebrate all things spring with arts and science activities, performances, and floral displays. The event is a collaboration between We Sense, an all-volunteer nonprofit organization, the Town of Chapel Hill’s Community Arts & Culture Division, and more than twenty community partners.

The main theme of the event is “Community in Bloom,” which highlights the festivals’ mission of promoting creativity, making community connections, and inspiring environmental awareness by celebrating the beauty of the natural world. Highlights of the festival include a 20-foot Carolina-themed floral archway, a live monarch butterfly garden from BASF, parades with Paperhand Puppets, and a community exhibit of “Planting A Dream” themed miniature gardens. There will be a variety of interactive, hands-on arts, crafts and science activities from a number of community partners, including BASF, Kidzu Children’s Museum, Chapel Hill Garden Club, NC Department of Transportation, Chapel Hill Public Library, the Ackland Art Museum, Blawesome Farm, Paperhand Puppet Intervention, Triangle Orchid Society, RedApple Learning Campus and Triangle Youth Ballet. In addition to these activities, Chapel Hill Farmers’ Market will provide fresh samples including honey and edible flowers. Cha House will offer flower based boba teas and snack samples.

For We Sense, this festival is an opportunity to celebrate the beauty of Spring and the diversity of our community. Ting-Ting Chu, lead organizer of the event, says this event is borne out of an inspiration for engaging the community with a themed project where all can get involved. “We love the creativity and community within Chapel Hill and want to highlight those two things in all their forms around a bloom theme.”  For Chapel Hill Community Arts & Culture, Bloom Fest is an example of a new approach to community celebrations.  Executive Director Susan Brown notes, “We are seeking new partners to respond to a growing interest in having more special events and festivals.  Working with We Sense has been a great way to try out a new collaborative model.”

In addition to support from Chapel Hill Community Arts & Culture, Bloom Fest has received support from Strowd Roses Foundation, Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership, Orange County Arts Commission, BASF, IBM, Chapel Hill-Carrboro Public School Foundation, Chapel Hill Public Library, NC Department of Transportation, Kidzu Children’s Museum, Chapel Hill Garden Club, Ackland Art Museum, Blawesome Farm, Paperhand Puppet Intervention, RedApple Learning Campus, Triangle Orchid Society, Triangle Youth Ballet, Southern States-Carrboro, Chapel Hill Farmers’ Market, Cha House, Carolina Arts Everywhere, Harris Teeter, The Scrap Exchange, Lowe’s Chapel Hill, Trader Joe’s, Niche Gardens, Chapel Hill Magazine, and the Daily Tar Heel.  Additionally, private donors and a wide variety of local artists, performers, gardeners, and volunteers have contributed to this exciting new community event.

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