This spring, libraries in communities across the country will partner with Redbox, America’s destination for entertainment, and OCLC to produce free, fun, public entertainment events. Developed and funded by Redbox, “Outside the Box” will bring people together for these events in 20 new communities this year.
During a 2013 pilot program, 12 Outside the Box events reached over 3,000 people around the country. Pilot efforts were led by public libraries and their communities, and supported by OCLC and consultants at the Project for Public Spaces (PPS). Library and community partners in the pilot included:
Billings Public Library
Chicago Public Library
Chattahoochee Valley Libraries
4Columbia, South Carolina
5Cuyahoga County, Ohio
Cuyahoga County Public Library
Building on the pilot’s success, Outside the Box will extend to 20 new communities in 2014, reinforcing the goal of creating great places where community members can gather and spark connections. Public libraries will remain central to Outside the Box, leading community planning sessions and event design.
New Outside the Box activities will kick off this spring, with each community designing and hosting events from arts festivals to concerts, outdoor movies and more. Following online training on placemaking and event design, communities will apply to be part of the program. Participating communities will be chosen based on key characteristics such as geographic and ethnic diversity, median household income and local leadership. The project’s online resources will be open and available to all.
Visit the Outside the Box Flickr group for images from pilot events, and watch this site for news and information on how to get involved.
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