Presenting visual and performance art in unexpected public spaces.


Presented by the Downtown Arts District


Timothy D. Turner, Producer
Barbara Hartley, Manager
Patrick Greene, Co-Curator
Genevieve Bernard, Co-Curator
Vicki Carey-Davis, Communications Director
Michele Plant Kroupa, Media Relations
Whitney Morris, Microsite Master
Lindsey Miller, Social Media Coordinator
Vanessa Barros Andrade, Social Media Strategist
Diana Portillo, Community Volunteer Coordinator
Wendy Starkand, Civic Volunteer Coordinator
Shelby Davis, Corporate Volunteer Coordinator
Chris DeLoatche, Planning & Permitting
Lesley Gustafson, Festival Operations Coordinator

Ed Woodham, AiOP Founder / Director


 From the Curators:

Examples of tone? Artists, art lovers and the press have asked us to give examples of Tone. It may be more difficult to not find Tone. Tone is everywhere. It can be the inflection of a question. It can be the motivation of the person asking. Is the person posing the question challenging us to come up with an answer? If so, they just answered their own question with their Tone. Are they sincerely confused about the theme? They may have accidentally answered their own question with their Tone. Art in Odd Places 2015 TONE/Orlando takes place on Magnolia Avenue. AiOP is headquartered in the Rogers building; an 1886 Queen Anne style building that is almost the geographical center of the site of the show. The north end of Magnolia Avenue is the main branch of Orlando Public Library. It is an enormous and ominously beautiful Brutalist structure that seems to contrast architecturally to the quaintness of the Rogers building and the new Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts that is a contemporary quest to tell the story of what Orlando has become. The contrasts in architecture and urban planning along with the churches, bars, restaurants, galleries, and offices contribute to the often-missing narrative that creates a Tone. In the end what appeared to be a contrast seems like a necessary part of who we are and where we’ve been. Orlando is not an a historical landmark that began with theme parks. The theme parks set a Tone, but there are so many other stories and Tones. Walking down Magnolia Avenue, the sun is almost always shining. Florida is known for sunshine. This is part of the Tone that the rest of the world knows about us. We are a family place. We have set that Tone. The sun with its yellow and orange hues is the Tone of gradation in color, temperature and light.  Gradation can be seen in the people’s skin color, clouds in the sky, conversation and food. When you order from the Thai restaurant on Pine Street near the corner of Magnolia, they ask if you want mild, medium or hot. When a stranger walks up to you and speaks, Tone may be more important than content, or may give the content meaning. When crossing the street, red, yellow and green not only are different superficial Tones of color, but they also supply the Tone of movement and decision. The yellow light is the least relaxing. Should I speed up and try to make it or stop? Green says to continue on, red- stop and wait. These all set a Tone of momentum and decision. If this all seems to be circular, it is supposed to be. Tone is not always definitive. It’s the transition of definitions. At the end of Magnolia Avenue across from the library is The Orange County Regional History Center. The History Center tells Orlando’s story with constructed narratives. These stories are a part of who we are. TONE helps complete and personalize these stories.

– Patrick Greene and Genevieve Bernard

About Art in Odd Places

Art in Odd Places (AiOP) began as an action by a group of artists led by Ed Woodham to encourage local participation in the Cultural Olympiad of the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. In 2005, after moving back to New York City, he re imagined it as a response to the dwindling of public space and personal civil liberties – first in the Lower East Side and East Village, and since 2008, on 14th Street in Manhattan. AiOP has always been a grassroots project fueled by the goodwill and inventiveness of its participants.

About Downtown Arts District

The Downtown Arts District is a dedicated nonprofit organization for advancing arts and economic development in the City of Orlando. Established in 2000, the Arts District represents and serves the arts community through signature programming and public art projects. The Arts District is the producer of the monthly 3rd Thursday Gallery Hop, the annual La Maschera themed arts celebration, and the award winning network, OrlandoSlice.com. In addition, the Arts District is the parent company to CityArts Factory – Downtownʼs largest collection of community art galleries, and the home of SAK Comedy Lab. The Downtown Arts District in Orlando also manages Gallery at Avalon Island, located at 39 S. Magnolia Street. For more information visit www.orlandoslice.com. The Downtown Arts District is a private, non-profit, 501(c)3 tax-exempt corporation operating in the State of Florida