Burlington City Arts

JUNE 11, 2015

South End Artist Makes a Performance of Crossing Pine Street


        Andrea Grayson   
        Burlington City Arts

Live performances scheduled for week of June 15th: Crossing Pine - a walking performance by Kate Donnelly

Burlington, VT -- Walking, such an intentional activity, is our most basic means of movement. Artist Kate Donnelly will perform six “crossings” of Pine Street as part of her performance Crossing Pine, during the week of June 15, 2015 (schedule below). She aims to raise awareness and inspire reflection on the people who live and work in the South End neighborhood, who cross the street daily.

“Crossing Pine focuses on the transition of the group or community and on the role the artist plays (intentionally or not) in shaping the character and ethos of a community,” explains Donnelly, who both lives and works in the South End. “Some of the questions I hope this piece evokes include: What is obscured, revealed, or made transitory when a neighborhood undergoes redevelopment or gentrification? What is seen, felt, protected, or left vulnerable? What new framework, patterns and expressions emerge?”

Crossing Pine will take place along Pine Street between Flynn Avenue and Maple Street from June 15-20, 2015. Performances will occur once each day according to the schedule listed below. The route I will take is along Pine St. from Flynn Ave. to Maple St. and back again. The whole performance (each day) should take about 2 hours.

Crossing Pine performance will take place on the following schedule:

Monday, June 15, 7-9am
Tuesday, June 16, 9-11am
Wednesday, June 17, 11am-1pm
Thursday, June 18, 1-3pm
Friday, June 19, 3-5pm
Saturday, June 20, 5-7pm

The Crossing Pine performance project is funded by a grant from the City of Burlington Department of Planning & Zoning and Burlington City Arts, as part of the planBTV: South End project, which is funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Our Town grants.

 “The purpose of the NEA grant,” explains Doreen Kraft, Executive Director of Burlington City Arts, “is to involve artists in the community engagement as we move forward in the planning process. Artists have a unique way of engaging people, and we want to have a broad amount of input. This creative approach is particularly relevant because of the concentration of artists studios in the South End.”
For more information about the planBTV:South End project, visit the website:

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