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Participate In Playscape Exhibit

Boston, MA — Design Museum Foundation and BSA Space are pleased to announce a new national touring exhibition and education program called Extraordinary Playscapes. Sponsored by Playworld, a leading manufacturer of playground equipment, the exhibition will explore the importance of play in childhood development while showcasing how designers translate play objectives into innovative, extraordinary, and outdoor play environments.

Extraordinary Playscapes will premier at BSA Space, Boston’s leading center for architecture, in Spring 2016 and travel to Portland, OR; San Francisco, CA; and Chicago, IL over a two-year period.

“Our goal is to connect each city’s playgrounds with an exceptional public exhibition about the design of play,” says Sam Aquillano, executive director of Design Museum Foundation. “There are so many examples of extraordinary playscapes in the world, we’re hoping to inspire the next generation of play environments and playground designers."

Tim Love AIA, 2015 BSA president, welcomes the partnership, “We're excited about this opportunity to engage the public around the built environment with this fun and insightful exhibition.”

To curate Extraordinary Playscapes, Design Museum Foundation is seeking to connect with thought leaders in the history, science, and design of outdoor play environments. Ideas, research, and designs that may define the future of outdoor play are welcome. For more details on how to be part of this exhibition, please contact Amanda Hawkins at amanda@designmuseumfoundation.org. Deadline: October 9, 2015.

An extensive public program featuring playscape design experts will accompany the exhibition. Highlights include workshops for adults and children to experience the design of play and a Playground Passport that will highlight playgrounds in the neighborhoods of each city.

“We are thrilled about the possibilities this collaboration presents for cities and communities around the country,” said Greg Harrison, chief marketing officer for Playworld. “We are constantly pushing the boundaries of innovative play space design and believe this effort will move play sculpture into a prominent place in our collective cultural dialogue.”  

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