Cary Towne Center's Generous Gift to CVA
Cary Towne Center’s Generous Gift to CVA
The revamp of the Cary Towne Center has been a hot topic as of late. Dave & Busters, the popular full service-restaurant and video arcade, opened late in 2013 to much excitement from Cary locals. The redevelopment project is a great opportunity to breathe life into a long-standing Cary fixture and, in one specific instance, an opportunity to strengthen community ties through art.
The Grand Opening Celebration of the project, an arts, theater, literature, and music themed play area, opened on Saturday, August 23rd, 2014. At 2,000 sq feet it’s the largest play area of it’s kind on the East Coast. The family-friendly opening event included free train rides, face-painting, door-prizes and a special workshop with artist Helen Seebold.
The new play area is targeted towards the 6 and under crowd, and is located across from Gymboree, Sears, and Belk. As parents grow tired of shopping with a child, they can sit back and relax while their little ones slide down a keyboard, climb in and out of a ballet slipper, or crawl up a blob of paint. The new addition underscores one of the highlights of living in this area- the Town of Cary is frequently voted one of the best places to live in the USA because of it’s dedication to family life.
For Seebold, this was perhaps the most successful pop-ups of her public art project “Message in a Bottle” thus far. Over 275 children and adults came to participate, leaving her with 96 bottles painted overall. The bottles, including almost 200 more from previous workshops, were displayed in a kiosk at Cary Towne Center until September 12th. There is no doubt the sight intrigued mall-goers as they came to do their weekend shopping.
Donations were collected from outside businesses in exchange for promotion at the launch of the Cary Play Area, and over $200 were raised. The funds were generously donated to Cary Visual Art.
Cary Towne Center is a supporter of CVA’s educational programs by partnering with local artists like Helen Seebold. We thank them for their generosity and for their commitment to strengthening community ties.