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If you selected the option of making a costume for the Hatch, ArtYard will be hosting a free bird costume making workshop on Monday, May 13th from 6-8 PM, and a free bird mask making workshop on Tuesday, May 21st from 6-8 PM. Please email us at contact@artyard.org if you have any questions!

Dear Friends of ArtYard, 

You are cordially invited to participate in ArtYard’s third annual Hatch on June 15th in Frenchtown’s Sunbeam Lenape Park. The Hatch will be a raucous and exuberant celebration of communal creativity and the groundbreaking of our new facility which is currently under construction on Front Street.

ArtYard’s first Hatch in 2016 was an inaugural celebration of creative incubation. As a nod to the history of Kerr Chickeries (the site of ArtYard’s future building), we constructed a 14ft steel welded egg and invited members of the community to hatch with us and form a flock while parading down the rail trail. ArtYard’s second Hatch in 2017 continued in this same spirit. Community members made their own fringed bird costumes and window screen masks inspired by Baton Rouge’s Courir de Mardi Gras, and Italian composer Camilla Uboldi led a marching band of toy pianos, marching typewriters, xylophones, flutes, and drums.

This year we will be joined by the brass and trumpeting of Brooklyn’s Hungry March Band, a flock of towering bird puppets, artists from Philadelphia’s Center for Creative Works, singers from Sister Cities Girl Choir, and an assortment of friendly locals dressed in bird couture. We will hatch from our giant egg, march through town and then enjoy a communal riverside picnic under ArtYard’s new tent in the park. The celebration will end with a series of simultaneous crankie performances by local artists, musicians, and poets.

We hope that you will join us for this celebration! 

All the best,
Jill Kearney and the ArtYard staff

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