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FoPP Featured in Austin Parks Foundation’s Summer Fundraising Campaign

A few months ago, I was asked to write a letter for Austin Parks Foundation‘s summer fundraising campaign. I was honored at the opportunity to highlight everything that Friends of Patterson Park has accomplished with APF’s support to their donors and volunteers. Between the community garden, new picnic tables and benches, and funds to refurbish and move the Dance of the Cosmos sculpture, APF has invested $40,000 in Patterson Park over the last few years. These improvements have made a tremendous difference in our park, and our community has had a strong positive response. We love our park and appreciate the TLC!

I’ve signed up to give $25 as an Evergreen monthly gift in honor of Austin Parks Foundation’s 25th anniversary, and hope you’ll donate what you can.

Jennifer Potter-Miller
Chair, Friends of Patterson Park

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Patterson Park Community Garden Grand Opening and Dance of the Cosmos Unveiling

Celebration of Patterson Community Garden & Dance of the Cosmos to be Held May 27

Join Friends of Patterson Park for a celebration of our community garden and new sculpture, Dance of the Cosmos, this Saturday, May 27! There will be tacos, ice cream, a bouncy house, music, and screen printing of Friends of Patterson Park t-shirts by Bibliographia. The event is 10 a.m.-12 p.m., with a formal program from 10:30-11 and tour of the garden at 11. If you’d like to volunteer as an ice cream scooper, please sign up here: https://givepul.se/x61n1.
 

COMMUNITY GARDEN GRAND OPENING
& DANCE OF THE COSMOS UNVEILING

May 27, 2017

10:00 am                Patterson Park Community Breakfast
10:30 am                Welcome

  • Meredith Gauthier, City of Austin

Parks and Recreation Department, Sustainable Urban Agriculture and Community Gardens Program Coordinator

10:35 am                 Remarks

  • Sari Albornoz, Sustainable Food Center, Grow Local Program Director
  • Mark Smolen, Patterson Park Community Garden, Chair
  • Ladye Anne Wofford, Austin Parks Foundation, Program Director
  • Jennifer Chenoweth, Dance of the Cosmos, Artist
  • Jennifer Potter-Miller, Friends of Patterson Park, Chair

11:00 am                 Garden Tour and Park Activities

Download the program here.

About the Community Garden

Located at Patterson Park, the Patterson Park Community Garden was realized through a partnership between the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department and Austin Parks Foundation and is sponsored by Sustainable Food Center.  The all-organic vegetable garden was first proposed in 2012 and broke ground in May 2016.  There are 68 garden plots and community members are welcome to join.

For more information about the garden, visit: https://pattersonparkcommunitygarden.wordpress.com

About the Art

The sculpture Dance of the Cosmos by Jennifer Chenoweth of Fisterra Studio was inspired by Robert Putchik’s Emotional Windows study and a Tibetan lotus mandala. It is part of the XYZ Atlas, a Hedonic Map of Austin, an interactive public art project about our collective experiences of place.

Many thanks to the Austin Parks and Recreation Department, Austin Parks Foundation, and PSW Real Estate for their support of this art project.

For more information about the artist, visit: http://fisterrastudio.com/

Photo credit:
Jennifer Potter-Miller (community garden), Michelle Atkinson (Dance of the Cosmos)

Dance of the Cosmos. Photo by Michelle Atkinson.

Joint Celebration of Community Garden and Dance of the Cosmos Planned for May 27

The Dance of the Cosmos ribbon cutting celebration originally planned for April 30 is being expanded and pushed back a month. Please mark your calendars for a Community Garden Grand Opening and Dance of the Cosmos Unveiling at Patterson Park, Saturday, May 27, 10 a.m.–12 noon!

Artist Jennifer Chenoweth has informed us that the coating she is applying to the sculpture to preserve the steel is taking longer to dry than expected, so we are going to take advantage of the delay to coordinate with the celebration of the garden. It is Memorial Day weekend, but we hope you can join us on Saturday morning before heading out of town. We plan to have a moonwalk, tacos, coffee, and ice cream.

More information will be coming soon.  We are thrilled to host the celebration with PARD, Austin Parks Foundation, the Sustainable Food Center, the Patterson Park Community Garden, and Fisterra Studio.

Photo credit: Michelle Atkinson

 

Dance of the Cosmos Ribbon Cutting Celebration Planned for April 30

UPDATE: This event has been postponed to Saturday, May 27, 10 a.m.–12 noon.

Join us for a celebration of Dance of the Cosmos, which is coming to Patterson Park at the end of the month!

Sunday, April 30
12:00-2:00pm
Corner of Schieffer Ave. and Airport Ave.

Event will include:

* Bring your own picnic, we’ll provide the ice cream!
* Live music by neighborhood musicians
* Bouncy house
* Screen printing by Bibliographia

About:

Dance of the Cosmos by Jennifer Chenoweth of Fisterra Studio was inspired by Robert Putchiks Emotional Windows study and a Tibetan lotus mandala. It is part of the XYZ Atlas, a Hedonic Map of Austin, an interactive public art about our collective experiences.

Many thanks to the City of Austin Cultural Arts Division, Austin Parks and Recreation Department, Austin Parks Foundation, and PSW Real Estate for their unwavering support for this project.

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Dance of the Cosmos is Fully Funded and Coming to Patterson Park

Dance of the Cosmos is fully funded and coming to Patterson Park!  Artist Jennifer Chenoweth has informed us that PSW Real Estate, which is building the condos across Schieffer Ave from the park, has funded the balance of the long-term maintenance fund, $4,500.

Jennifer is designing a solar pole and sign stand, and will be moving the sculpture by the end of April. Keep an eye out for a ribbon cutting celebration, possibly in early May!

Many thanks the Fisterra Studio, Austin Parks and Recreation Department, Austin Parks Foundation, and PSW Real Estate for working to bring this stunning piece of art to Patterson Park.

REPORT: February 2017 Community Meeting

Friends of Patterson Park held a community meeting on Saturday morning, February 4 at Servant Church. Donuts and childcare were provided, and 8 neighbors came out to talk with artist Jennifer Chenoweth and Brian Block, PARD liaison for Adopt-a-Park groups.

Chenoweth answered various questions about Dance of the Cosmos, including the refinishing process she is using before installing the sculpture at Patterson Park, and the kind of signage she is developing.  Block led a discussion of what to do with the community priorities for Patterson Park identified in last year’s survey. He said that since the list did not include anything transformative, i.e. a major addition to the park, that a master plan would not be required for Patterson.

Block suggested that FoPP identify what the most easily achievable priorities were and work on those first, not necessarily tackling them in order. An example of the straightforward kind of project would be adding new benches to the park, and an example of a more complex and expensive project would be resurfacing the basketball court. For the full list of priorities, click here. Since PARD is currently working on a series of improvements at Patterson, future projects should be undertaken in coordination with their work plans.

Community Priorities for Patterson Park (2016)

  1. Playsground improvements
  2. Pool improvements
  3. Bathroom improvements
  4. Trail improvements
  5. Amenities
  6. Landscaping
  7. Dog park
  8. Shade covers
  9. Athletic field/court improvements
  10. Splash Pad
  11. Skatepark improvements
  12. Lighting
  13. Recycling bins
  14. Trash
  15. Fitness equipment
  16. Water fountains
  17. Events
  18. Other social
  19. Fencing
  20. Other
  21. Amphitheatre
Austin Parks Foundation check award ceremony. Photo by Lady Anne Wofford.

Austin Parks Foundation Awards Grants for Sculpture and Amenities at Patterson Park

The Austin Parks Foundation awarded East Austin artist Jennifer Chenoweth of Fisterra Studio $15,200 for the refurbishment and relocation of her scultpure Dance of the Cosmos to Patterson Park from the Elizabeth Ney Museum. APF Programs Director Ladye Anne Wofford and Programs Assistant John Rooney met Chenoweth, her team, and members of FoPP at the park on January 25th for a check award ceremony. We also celebrated APF’s $4,700 grant to Friends for the new picnic tables at the Patterson Pavilion.

Preparations for moving Dance of the Cosmos to it’s new home include refurbishing and reinforcing steel mechanical parts for the long term, site prep and electrical work at Patterson Park, refinishing and sealing the concrete base, and the creation of new artwork and trailhead signage located on a new utility pole for solar/electrical equipment. In addition, Chenoweth is raising money for a long-term maintenance fund. The landscaping firm Austin Groundskeeper began work on January 26th to prepare the site, and the base of the sculpture will be moved shortly. 

The new picnic tables have been ordered, and will be installed by PARD by the end of the month.

Friends of Patterson Park is so grateful for APF’s support as we work to update, improve, and beautify our neighborhood park!

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Photos by Jennifer Potter-Miller

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Community Meeting to be Held Saturday, February 4

Friends of Patterson Park would like to invite the neighbors from Cherrywood, Delwood 2, Mueller, Schieffer-Willowbrook, and Wilshire Wood to an open community meeting to discuss plans at the park for 2017.

Friends of Patterson Park Community Meeting
Saturday, February 4, 10-11:30 a.m.
Servant Church, 1605 E. 38 1/2 St., Austin, TX 78722

The main topics are:

1) Dance of the Cosmos, Jennifer Chenoweth’s kinetic scultpure, will be moving to the park later this year. This is our opportunity to ask the artist anything and everything we want to know about the piece, her work, and how it will fit into Patterson Park.

2) Fundraising priorities for park improvements. The results of the recently completed survey of community priorities indicated people’s top priorities are improvements to the playscape, pool, bathroom, trails, amenitites. But what’s practical and within reach? We’d like to determine a goal for fundraising during Amplify Austin in March. Brian Block, PARD’s liason for Adopt-A-Park groups, will be there to help us work through the options.

Childcare will be provided, so please feel free to bring your families. A babysitter will supervise an animated movie and we’ll have donuts and hot chocolate.

Dance of the Cosmos. Photo by Michelle Atkinson.

Dance of the Cosmos Award Ceremony with Austin Parks Foundation

Over the past several months, Friends of Patterson Park has been working with East Austin artist Jennifer Chenoweth on the proposal to donate her sculpture Dance of the Cosmos to our park. The city’s Parks and Recreation Department recently approved a final location, and Chenoweth has received a grant from the Austin Parks Foundation to fund the refurbishment and relocation of the sculpture.

APF will host a check presentation ceremony and discussion of next steps at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, January 25th, and FoPP members and neighbors are invited to attend. We will meet at the corner of Schieffer Ave. and Airport Blvd., where the sculpture will be installed. Work is expected to begin in Spring 2017.

About the sculpture

Dance of the Cosmos was inspired by Robert Putchik’s Theory of Emotions and a Tibetan lotus mandala. XYZ Atlas, a Hedonic Map of Austin, an interactive public art about our collective experiences. The sculpture has a footprint of 20 feet and is 8 feet tall when the flower is closed. The piece is currently on loan to the Elizabeth Ney Museum in Hyde Park. Dance of the Cosmos was created in 2015 in part with a grant from the City of Austin’s Cultural Arts Division.

About the artist

Jennifer Chenoweth is a visual artist and entrepreneur. She is the principal of Fisterra Studio, creating contemporary abstract painting and sculpture. Chenoweth studied Painting and Sculpture at the Kansas City Art Institute, has a master’s degree from the “Great Books” program at St. John’s College in Santa Fe, and holds an M.F.A. in Painting from The University of Texas at Austin. She has curated a group show at her studio and home for the East Austin Studio Tour since its inception in 2003. Her art is in the Public Collection at the Houston Hobby Airport and she has shown extensively in Austin, San Antonio, Kansas City, and at art fairs in London, Miami, New York, and Santa Fe.

Chenoweth served as a panelist for the City of Austin’s Art in Public Places and served as Design Team Artist for the East 7th Street Corridor Project, advising for the African-American Cultural Center and the new Central Library. She has received honors for her work from the City of Austin and Giving City. She recently served as the Vice Chair of the Arts Commission, appointed from District 3 to help advocate for creatives in Austin. (Source: fisterrastudio.com)

Photo credit: Michelle Atkinson

Meeting at Patterson Park. Photo by Jennifer Potter-Miller.

Dance of the Cosmos Sculpture Moving to Patterson Park in 2017

Over the past several months, Friends of Patterson Park has been working with East Austin artist Jennifer Chenoweth on the proposal to donate her sculpture Dance of the Cosmos to our park. The city’s Parks and Recreation Department recently approved a final location, and Chenoweth has received a grant from the Austin Parks Foundation to fund the refurbishment and relocation of the sculpture. FoPP and four of the adjacent neighborhood associations voted to support the move (Cherrywood, Delwood 2, Mueller and Schieffer-Willowbrook). Wilshire Wood abstained.

To maintain the kinetic sculpture in perpetuity, PARD requires a donation of $5,000, which APF does not fund. The artist will be seeking community support for that amount.

APF will host a check presentation ceremony and discussion of next steps at 11a.m. on Monday, December 5th, and FoPP members are invited to attend. Work is expected to begin in January 2017, to be completed in Spring 2017.

About the sculpture

Dance of the Cosmos was inspired by Robert Putchik’s Theory of Emotions and a Tibetan lotus mandala. XYZ Atlas, a Hedonic Map of Austin, an interactive public art about our collective experiences. The sculpture has a footprint of 20 feet and is 8 feet tall when the flower is closed. The piece is currently on loan to the Elizabeth Ney Museum in Hyde Park. Dance of the Cosmos was created in 2015 in part with a grant from the City of Austin’s Cultural Arts Division.

About the artist

Jennifer Chenoweth is a visual artist and entrepreneur.  She is the principal of Fisterra Studio, creating contemporary abstract painting and sculpture. Chenoweth studied Painting and Sculpture at the Kansas City Art Institute, has a master’s degree from the “Great Books” program at St. John’s College in Santa Fe, and holds an M.F.A. in Painting from The University of Texas at Austin. She has curated a group show at her studio and home for the East Austin Studio Tour since its inception in 2003. Her art is in the Public Collection at the Houston Hobby Airport and she has shown extensively in Austin, San Antonio, Kansas City, and at art fairs in London, Miami, New York, and Santa Fe.

Chenoweth served as a panelist for the City of Austin’s Art in Public Places and served as Design Team Artist for the East 7th Street Corridor Project, advising for the African-American Cultural Center and the new Central Library. She has received honors for her work from the City of Austin and Giving City. She recently served as the Vice Chair of the Arts Commission, appointed from District 3 to help advocate for creatives in Austin. (Source: fisterrastudio.com)

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