GoRaleigh and the Office of Raleigh Arts Celebrates the Tenth Anniversary of Art-On-The-Move with the ART-Line.

All aboard! Transporting moving performances — literally — is the “ART-Line,” an arty takeover of the R-Line on May 20, with acts occurring across three buses between roughly noon and 4 p.m.

To celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the Art-On-The-Move public art project and its mission to bring art into unexpected places, City of Raleigh is transit-ioning (get it) the GoRaleigh R-Line into the ART-Line — a moving stage via actors, comedians, poets and musicians spinning out serenades, jokes, spoken-word poetry, hip-hop, spontaneous Shakespeare performances and site-specific theater.

“The ART-Line is an exciting way to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of a successful public art collaboration between local artists, the Office of Raleigh Arts and GoRaleigh.” — Sarah Powers, executive director of the Office of Raleigh Arts

Shows will begin and end at bus-stop R-13 in front of the Raleigh Convention Center (500 S. Salisbury St.), but attendees can hop on or off the ART-Line at any of the stops. It’s like train-hopping a la hobo — except its DTR and a bus. TomAto, TomAHto. (But a few stops with some prewar ballads from the hobo tradition will help close the gap.)

“The ART-Line is an exciting way to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of a successful public art collaboration between local artists, the Office of Raleigh Arts and GoRaleigh,” says Sarah Powers, executive director of the Office of Raleigh Arts. “Attendees will have a chance to see Art-On-The-Move buses up close while enjoying shows by a great line-up of performers.”

[Related: After nearly 40 years, Artsplosure still has ‘art for all’]

Performers include Carly Prentice Jones, Christiane, Clean Stand-Up Comedy on the R-Line, Dasan Ahanu, Dwight Hawkins & the Piedmont Highballers, the Nickel Creek Shakespeare Girls and Seed Art Share. (Full schedule below.)

In front of the ART-LINE rollout, we asked COR Public Art Assistant Jenn Hales to give us her spin on why this is a must-ride.

Why go:

FRONT-ROW SEATS: On the ART-Line you are front and center. Enjoy intimate poetry and vocals, or interact directly with comedians and actors.

NEXT BEST THING TO TRAIN-HOPPING: Have you ever wanted to travel the country in old time train-hopping style? Dwight Hawkins of the Piedmont Highballers will sing you prewar ballads from the hobo tradition. Plus, the ART-Line bus is way easier to catch than a moving train.

TRAVELING PERFORMANCE TROUPES: Harken back to England of old with the Nickel Creek Shakespeare Girls, who will perform scenes from the Shakespeare plays of your choice. The interactive theater group, Seed Art Share, provides a modern take with a piece that engages the audience and explores romantic relationships, workouts and puppets.

MOVING ENTERTAINMENT: Travel around downtown while enjoying comedy, poetry, theater and vocal performances. Whether you’re visiting Artsplosure, bar-hopping or headed to brunch, the ART-Line is the most entertaining way to get around.

Schedule Bus 1:

11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m., Christiane, Acoustic Singer/Songwriter

12:45-1:45 p.m., Nickel Shakespeare Girls, Spontaneous Theater

1:45-2:45 p.m., Seed Art Share, Site-Specific Interactive Theater

2:45-3:45 p.m., Nickel Shakespeare Girls, Spontaneous Theater

Schedule Bus 2:

Noon-2 p.m., Carly Prentis Jones, Jazz Vocals, Ballads & Show Tunes

2-4 p.m., Dwight Hawkins & The Piedmont Highballers, Prewar String Band Music, rooted in the freight-train and hobo culture

Schedule Bus 3:

12:15-2:15 p.m., Clean Stand-Up Comedy, Stand-up Comedy for All Ages, presented by Your Pal Adam

2:15-4:15 p.m., Dasan Ahanu, Poetry, Spoken Word & Hip-Hop

In the Know:

Event: ART-Line
When: Saturday, May 20, noon to 4 p.m.
Where: Shows will begin and end at bus-stop R-13 in front of the Raleigh Convention Center (500 S. Salisbury St.), but attendees can hop on or off the ART-Line at any of the stops.
Cost: The ART-Line is free and open to the public.
For more information: Jenn Hales, Office of Raleigh Arts, 919.996.3610

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