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Bonnaroo partners with Nashville airport for arts program

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MANCHESTER, Tenn. — Officials with the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival and the Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority have formed a new partnership for the award-winning Arts at the Airport program.

In a unique call for entries, artists are being asked to submit proposals for three large Bonnaroo-themed displays that will be suspended from the skylights in the three concourses at Nashville International Airport from May through January 2015.

The finished pieces will represent the largest Arts at the Airport skylight display since the program’s inception 25 years ago.

Ashley Capps of AC Entertainment, one of the festival partners, said the partnership enhances Bonnaroo’s already solid ties to the community and underscores its commitment to the arts.

"A part of the Bonnaroo founding mission is to emphasize the impact the festival has on creativity in both the visual and live performance arts," Capps said. "The Arts at the Airport is an ever-growing, ever-changing showcase of cultural diversity and creative talent in Tennessee, and we're proud to have the festival represented on such a grand scale."

The terminal and surrounding facilities at Nashville International Airport were designed to incorporate rotating public art exhibits and permanent acquisitions.

The skylight exhibit project brings both parties together to create fun and unique exhibits that will entertain the traveling public.

The displays will encompass three skylights located in each of the three concourses. Artists are being asked for proposals that include iconic festival elements, a nod to Bonnaroo’s home base in Manchester and recognition of the festival’s 2014 lineup that will be announced in a few weeks.

Proposals for site-specific sculptures or kinetic mobiles will be accepted until Wednesday, Jan. 29, and the selected pieces will be installed in late April.

“We are excited to partner with Bonnaroo and showcase even more visual artists at Nashville International," said Rob Wigington, president and chief executive officer of the Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority. "We are asking artists to create top-notch, inspiring displays that will be unlike any other Arts at the Airport projects. We anticipate impressive proposals that enhance the Arts at the Airport program while showcasing Bonnaroo’s impact on our statewide community.”

Full proposal details and requirements are available online at www.callforentry.org, www.flynashville.com or www.bonnaroo.com.

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