Jackson Hole Public Art’s annual “big idea” MoonShot 5X5 event has a new date – Thursday, March 4, 7-8pm – and will be streaming LIVE from the Center for the Arts. MC Jeff Moran will once again lead the evening, during which six local creatives will present their boldest, most ambitious public art ideas with 5 slides in 5 minutes. These concepts are meant to be catalysts to change the way people view a topic or understand an issue through public art. Local Ecologist and Wildlife Guide Trevor Bloom will also read his work “Phantom Seasons” inspired by the seasonal phenomena of the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem.
MoonShot 5×5 is now in its 5th year, produced by JH Public Art and co-presented by the Center for the Arts, but this year is the first time that it will be streamed live during March Forth and Do Something Day (a holiday celebrated each year on March 4, of course)! Viewers will be able to watch the event live from the Center for the Arts’ event webpage.
This year’s presenters are: Borbay (Exquisite Corpse Jackson Hole), Fernando Jáuregui (Street Gallery JH), Kika MacFarlane (Wonderment), Suzanne Morlock (Textile Mountain), Blanca Moye (CreaTeen Fest JH) and Tenley Thompson (Tree Time). They were tasked with submitting ideas that address any issue facing our community, inspiring hope through art. These are not necessarily shovel-ready projects, but rather bright ideas that push the boundary of what is possible. The evening is sponsored by the Center for the Arts, Maggie Davis, Friends of JH Public Art, Toran Accounting, and Wyoming Arts Council.
The “Buzz Aldrin Award” has increased to $1,000 this year, and will be voted on via text for the idea that best fits the “ethos” of Jackson Hole and is the winning crowd pleaser. Instructions on how to vote will be available during the livestream presentation, which is free and open to all via the Center for the Art’s webpage, and each voting attendee will be eligible to win one of three Raffle Prizes, generously donated by Coelette, JH Book Trader, and Stio. The event serves as a launchpad to rocket ideas out into the universe, where we hope they will land in reality. Previous years’ MoonShots that have become community projects include GlowNights and last year’s Cloud Factory by Jackson-based artist Jenny Dowd.
Graphics by Cal Brackin