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Shreveport celebrates FriendsWithYou

International artists FriendsWithYou is setting up shop at a brand new park in downtown Shreveport for a month.

Internationally known and loved FriendsWithYou is setting up an installation in Shreveport! The Los Angeles-based art collective led by Arturo Sandoval III and Samuel Borkson empowers and encourages people to be compassionate towards each other and world. They’ve appeared in New York, Los Angeles, Sydney, Hong Kong and many more major cities as well as highlighted in several concerts including Pharell Williams. You might have seen their art on True and the Rainbow Kingdom on Netflix.

FriendsWithYou creators Arturo Sandoval III and Samuel Borkson with William Joyce (center) and the Rainbow King

What’s happening as Shreveport celebrates FriendsWithYou…

Now, with the help of artspace Artistic Director and Academy Award Winner William Joyce, FriendsWithYou is coming to Shreveport. This party is going to so big, the Shreveport Regional Arts Council (SRAC) plans two locations in and around downtown Shreveport for the festivities.

Firstly, a retrospective of FriendsWithYou will open at artspace. This free exhibition covers their seventeen year history and cover almost all of artspace. Be dazzled at the colors and artwork. Everyone is invited to attend the opening reception on Friday, October 25, 2019 from 5:30 pm-8:30 pm. Admission is free and enjoy the cash bar. The retrospective exhibition runs through December 21, 2019.

Secondly, The COMMON Park (869 Texas Avenue) hosts its first art installation as RAINBOW CITY takes residence. RAINBOW CITY contains inflatables sculptures ranging from 8 feet to 50 feet tall! Participate in the city’s bounce structures. The attraction opens on Saturday, November 2, 2019 and ends on Sunday, December 8, 2019.

Rainbow City

On the RAINBOW CITY opening day, bring your family to artspace at 10:00 am for fun art activities. Then you can become part of the parade from artspace to RAINBOW CITY while showing off your art creations. During the parade, a brand new FriendsWithYou character will be unveiled. Local student artist Isaiah Roberts imagined and drew Gumball. See Gumball make its debut at the start of the RAINBOW CITY Opening Parade at 1:00 pm. Shreveport mayor Adrian Perkins, SRAC and FriendsWithYou will cut the ribbon to officially open Rainbow City.

Shreveport celebrates FriendsWithYou
The winning sketch: Gumball by Isiah Roberts

More FriendsWithYou activities…

Many more events are planned for RAINBOW CITY. For the complete list of events, click here.

  • Join the drum circle hosted by Ron Hardy every Thursday.
  • Concerts take place every Friday starting on November 8. Tickets are $10 per person.
  • Meet new friends at the brunches planned for November 3, 17 and December 8. These are ticketed events.
  • Shop and eat every weekend from 11:00 am – 6:00 pm during the special Rainbow City Arts Market.
  • Get your exercise on with Yoga on Sundays at 3:00 pm, a lunch time walk on Wednesdays, and workout every Saturday from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm. Presented by Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport.
FriendsWithYou in Toronto

RAINBOW CITY and artspace will be available for rent. Schedule your party here. Don’t miss one of SRAC’s biggest and most fun event ever as Shreveport celebrates FriendsWithYou!

Related Topic: Some of the funding to bring FriendsWithYou comes from the successful Christmas in the Sky.

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