New lighting to add drama, color to garden, Abilene park

Press Release
Staff Writer

The Texas Commission on the Arts (TCA) approved funding of 43 Arts Respond Cultural District Project grants for fiscal year 2020, including a project for the Abilene Cultural District in the amount of $112,000. The grant will fund the Abilene Cultural Affairs Council’s “Lights, Camera, Action” project designed to enhance Minter Park and Adamson-Spalding Storybook Garden with colorful theatrical tree lighting, digital projection equipment, a limestone screen suitable for movies or performance backdrop, and security cameras.
The schematic designs for both venues were created by Los Angeles-based Lightswitch, which has created designs for world class venues such as Chicago’s Morton Arboretum and the “Enchanted Forest of Light” at Descanso Gardens near Los Angeles.
The Abilene Cultural Affairs Council hopes the new lighting features will create an uptick in downtown cultural tourism. The lighting will be able to change color and intensity to create a variety of moods and backdrops.
“A visit downtown, particularly at night, will become more immersive and memorable,” said Lynn Barnett, executive director of the Abilene Cultural Affairs Council. ACAC is working with retired ACU theater professor Gary Varner on the lighting design implementation.
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