[Art in the Streets]: 2012 DUMBO Arts Festival

Living in Brooklyn is such an amazing experience. You don’t have to look very hard to find something going on that consists of culture, fun, and good people. This weekend was the 16th annual DUMBO Arts Festival over in DUMBO, Brooklyn (which stands for Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass) and the creative energy was flowing.

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Since I conveniently live about a ten-minute walk away from the area, my friend Matt and I had a quick lunch at DUMBO Kitchen and then headed into the madness of the festival. The event was spread across the blocks surrounding the Manhattan Bridge and featured film, photography, installations, and other types of artwork from an exceptional flock of artists. Between the 340-foot-long (super)hero-themed photo fences and the eccentric performance piece by a school of painted fish, the festival really showed the countless directions that creativity can move the human mind in. It all starts with an idea or concept and it blossoms into something amazing; something powerful.

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Matt and I even got the chance to get our hands dirty and contribute to a interactive piece thanks to this cool new app called [mob]. I chatted for a second with founder Patricia Adler, and it’s all about bringing people together to create, discover, and share experiences by spreading news of local events going on throughout the city. If you’re a musician, you can invite others to a jam session; poets can spread word about a poetry slam; or, like today, artists, friends, and random strangers can come together to create a social masterpiece on a canvas. Check it out at [startamob.com]. We just might run into each other somewhere!

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Once again, my weekend flew by, but I’m glad to say that it was well-spent.