Outdoor kite event: construct and fly kites on the 2nd Avenue Bridge, Cedar Rapids.
August 28th at 10:00 AM—2:00 PM
The Community of Artists and Veterans, in conjunction with the Veteran Memorial Commission invites the public to participate in the first kite event of its kind in downtown Cedar Rapids.
On August 28th, from 10am to 2pm the public is invited to construct and fly kites at this unique and free event. Coloring tools and over three hundred kites provided. Kite kit assemblage and decoration to take place before and the day of Kites On 2nd Avenue. Flying will commence on the iconic 2nd Avenue Bridge with the guidance of expert kite flyers. Restrooms available inside the Veterans Memorial Building on May’s Island.
This is the first Kites On 2nd Avenue local event, although the concept was established by previous and similar international events. Some background: in recent years the Community of Artists and Veterans (C.A.V.) leader Scott Droessler, and artist/member Jason Everett collaborated to purchase and guide local artists and families to share a series of kites that were escorted to countries including Iraq, Cuba, Uganda, Rwanda, Sri Lanka, and Namibia. Droessler (Director of The C.A.V, MMU graduate in Art, and Iowa National Guard Veteran) oversaw the preliminary kite assemblage-art component, while Everett (US ARMY Veteran, UI/Kirkwood Alumni) and Nancy Bartosz (Chicago-area school teacher, founder of HOPE Travels) delivered and orchestrated kite events in these countries. The outcome of the successful international program demonstrates that despite geographical distance and natural differences, people can connect positively. Hope and the arts are two things that transcend the barriers of language, culture, ethnicity, geography—and therefore are themes that cultivate and inspire collaboration and friendship.
For Kites On 2nd Avenue, the goal is the same with the program/event going local— encouraging people to simply have fun and make positive memories and connections. This project is in partnership with other organizations that serve our community. Kites On 2nd Avenue will be an event that gives community members, children and families an opportunity to enjoy an outdoor activity with kites.