BOS Plaza Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Prairie Capital Convention Center and the Bank of Springfield announce the ribbon cutting ceremony for the BOS Plaza. The event will be held from 5:00pm- 9:00pm on Friday, June 13th. Admission is free and there will be live music by Dave Littrell.
The Center will also be unveiling “Before I Die” boards, a living art installation that is interactive with the community. Before I Die is an art movement started by artist Candy Chang after she lost a loved one.
“It’s easy to get caught up in the day-to-day and forget what really matters to you. [Chang] wanted a daily reminder and wanted to know what was important to the people around her. So after receiving permission, she painted the side of an abandoned house in her neighborhood in New Orleans with chalkboard paint and stenciled it with a grid of the sentence, “Before I die I want to _______.” Anyone walking by could pick up a piece of chalk, reflect on their lives, and share their personal aspirations in public space.
It was all an experiment and she didn’t know what to expect. By the next day, the wall was full of responses and it kept growing.”
“One of the joys of my job at The Center is being able to be part of this community in so many different ways; be it through our public events, our annual conventions and trade shows, or the economic impact we provide for the city, “ says General Manager, Brian Oaks. “Many children come here for their first circus and then in the blink of an eye are walking across our stage as they graduate high school. Being even a small part of that is an honor,” he continues, “When I saw the ‘Before I Die’ movement, I knew we had to be a part of that. It is a unique opportunity for us to come together as a community and share our dreams, hopes, and aspirations for the future. The BOS Plaza and the recent renovations mark a new era in the history of The Center and we have big dreams to go along with it. We want to invite Springfield to stop by and pick up a piece of chalk.”
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The BOS Plaza is The Center’s new outdoor event facility, located between the Plaza Parking Garage and The Center’s lobby on the west end of the building. Bank of Springfield currently holds exclusive sponsorship rights to the newly renovated plaza per an agreement with Springfield Metropolitan and Auditorium Authority Board signed in March of 2014.
There are two concerts currently slated for the BOS Plaza. Brett Eldredge will perform there on June 27 and the Under the Sun Tour Featuring Uncle Kracker, Smashmouth, Blues Traveler and Sugar Ray on June 29.