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Montclair Bounce Festival
June 1, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
One event on June 2, 2019 at 4:00 pm
One event on June 3, 2019 at 2:00 pm
One event on June 4, 2019 at 2:00 pm
One event on June 5, 2019 at 2:00 pm
One event on June 6, 2019 at 2:00 pm
One event on June 7, 2019 at 2:00 pm
Bounce@theSanctuary, An Immersive Interactive Art Experience,
Opens at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church for MONTCLAIR BOUNCE Week
Bounce@theSanctuary, an ambitious multi-room installation created by Rachael Grachowski and RHG Architecture + Design and a team of local artists opens May 31 at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church Sanctuary in Montclair. One of the highly anticipated signature events of MONTCLAIR BOUNCE Festival: A Festival of Optimism and Resilience, the exhibit runs through June 7.
Bringing to life festival themes, the artists have transformed the historic church space into a multisensory, immersive experience reflecting six research-based keys to promote optimism and resilience. “IN THE DARK” invites visitors to experience a completely lightless environment, with tactile activities to help connect with the senses and learn how to transcend discomfort or fear. “BALLOON BOUNCE” features a balloon-filled room that celebrate the joy and enthusiastic play of childhood. The SOUND•LAB includes local performing artists sharing ambient, meditative instrumental music. “SACRED SPACE” offers a nature mandala-building activities to encourage reflection and self-care. “I DARE YOU TO LOOK” is a mirror-filled space layered with introspective messages to help shape (and reshape) attitudes and mindsets. “HAVE A SEAT, MAKE A FRIEND” is a colorful ball pit in which strangers are invited to share space and get to know each other through a series of guided questions. “TAKE WHAT YOU NEED” invites visitors to pick from a collection of inspirational tags that reflect their personal goals. “LEAVE A WISH” offers an opportunity to write meaningful notes to the community. “SHRED WHAT YOU NO LONGER NEED” closes Bounce@theSanctuary with a ritual of releasing and letting go. After they exit, visitors can visit The Creativity Caravan’s Vital Voices storybooth, housed inside a vintage caravan on the St. Luke’s Church front lawn, to share their own stories of optimism and resilience. As Rachael Grochowski, principal designer notes, “Whether it’s a game that draws visitors together or an activity that stimulates altruism, taking creative risks will be encouraged!”
Bounce@theSanctuary will be open during the festival run.
Hours are as follows: May 31: 2-8 p.m.; June 1: 11 a.m. -8 p.m.; June 2: 4-7 p.m.; June 3: 2-6 p.m.; June 3: 2-6 p.m.; June 4: 2- 6 p.m.; June 5: 2-6 p.m.; June 6: 2-8 p.m.; June 7: 2-8 p.m.
A “Task Party,” an open-ended and improvisational experience promoting collaboration, connection, and creativity, takes place June 2 from 4-7 p.m. Admission to all Bounce@theSanctuary events is free and open to all ages. Special music performances will take place in the sanctuary throughout the MONTCLAIR BOUNCE festival during open hours.
A collaboration of Toni’s Kitchen and the Montclair YMCA, the first annual MONTCLAIR BOUNCE Festival, May 31-June 7, is a playful, town-wide week dedicated to exploring practices and connections to enrich lives. Among the 60+ festival events are a community meal, fitness and wellness and activities, book talks, self-care workshops, panel discussions, and programs for teens and families.