August 10th, 2016

Sparkle Up!

by Nikki Owens

“’38th and Shine’ is both a community event and an art performance designed to bring together the diverse neighborhoods around 38th & Illinois in a creative, collaborative act of history making!”


Earlier this year the Harrison Center for the Arts hosted a 5×5 competition for the Maple Crossing Community. Maple Crossing is part of the Great Places 2020 initiative. Asa Gauen and Stefan Eicher had the winning idea, to break a world record for the most sparklers lit simultaneously! It has been a labor of love for Eicher and Gauen, but their hard work and planning will pay off on Saturday August 27th at 6:30pm. It will be more than just a record breaking event. It is also a celebration for the neighborhoods surrounding Tarkington Park. 39th St. will be closed between Meridian and Illinois streets, and food trucks will be there so there will be plenty to do until it’s time to light the sparklers.

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You can be part of this community event in a couple of different ways. You can register as a participant or volunteer to work at the event. Check out their website  and follow them on Facebook for the latest updates.

Please join us in breaking the world record!