Quinby Park to host Arts Across America celebration

WARREN — An Arts Across America celebration on Monday will give Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership an opportunity to showcase efforts already underway to improve Quinby Park.

Renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma is doing culture in action events in conjunction with each concert on his current solo tour performing Johannes Sebastian Bach’s Cello Suites. His efforts will include a free concert Monday at Warren Community Amphitheatre following his appearance Sunday at Blossom Music Center in Cuyahoga Falls.

Partnering with Ma is Arts Across America, a campaign by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., that celebrates communities committed to using the arts to promote connection, a strong creative economy and increased cultural citizenship; and the Aspen Institute, an educational and policy studies organization based in D.C.

Their efforts will include a morning event from 10 a.m. to noon Monday at the park on the city’s southwest side. It will include live performances, hands-on art projects and other activities.

TNP Deputy Director Lisa Ramsey said, “They wanted to do days of action and conversation, bring in a diverse group of people to a space to engage in art and culture. They consider art to be a keystone in strengthening the community, which we fully agree with.”

TNP will unveil two public art pieces, a bird bath and a trellis, commissioned from Youngstown artist Tony Armeni, who is known for his work with metal.

“They’re very elegant pieces,” Ramsey said. “They’re functional and will add some character and vibrancy to the park.”

TNP also will announce a $40,000 grant from the William Swanston Charitable Foundation for improvements at the park. The money is earmarked to improve active play in young children, Ramsey said, and Monday will be the first opportunity for area residents to share their ideas about what kinds of playground equipment and other amenities they would like to see at the park.

Representatives from the Trumbull County Historical Society will be on hand to collect short oral histories from neighborhood residents and sign up residents to record longer interviews. Executive Director Meghan Reed said the organization received a grant to expand its oral history project in communities under-represented in its collection.

“This will be the first time out in the community with this project working with residents,” she said.

The Fine Arts Council of Trumbull County will present performances during the event by the Monument of Faith Angels, Olivia Dunn, T.C.I.M.A Community Choir and Men With Skills.

Ma is not expected to attend the Quinby Park activities. David Brooks, executive director of the Aspen Institute, will be in attendance. Brooks also is an Op-Ed columnist with the New York Times, a frequent commentator on “The PBS Newshour” and “Meet the Press” and the author of “The Road to Character.”

agray@tribtoday.com

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