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KeroWACKED: an Homage to Jack at ActivistArtistA; Kerouac Would Have Approved

KeroWACKED: A Homage to Jack

ActivistArtistA

Sunday, February 25, 2012

Trying to describe the energy that permeates inside ActivistArtistA, a decently seized yet petite art enclave in Boynton Beach, proves tough, mostly because describing a vibe always is.

For the pagans and Buddhists, they feel refreshed just by feeling the wind. Others have to be dunked into water or sit in a box to feel cleansed of their sins. But the new art walk up at the District is managing to pull this righteous cleansing off all by itself. All you have to do is walk inside the place.

Once inside the confines, the familial ties between the artists and the connectedness of this community wakes up your spirit.

This Sunday, ActivistArtistA hosted the "KeroWACKED: A Homage to Jack" festival

that ran all day and had everything, like car-painting, craft-selling, live painting, live music from both bands and solo

artists, and even live DJs -- all this went on at the same time. You couldn't

turn and not be immersed in something artistically related.

Now, many might not know who Jack Kerouac is. He was a Beat Generation writer, most famous for his book On the Road. He loved jazz and beatnik poetry (just try to recite a poem in the style of a jazz beat). He loved socializing, drinking with friends, and talking about human emotions.

Although none of the artwork, besides a piece or two, was Kerouac-themed, more important, this festival dedicated to Kerouac captured his spirit. And he's a man to love.

Outside the studios, the Bay Gates Project is well under way. Beautiful graffiti now lingers across many walls. An artist will paint each gate (the "door" to the studio), and then after a year, a new artist will get that movable barrier. Same goes for the walls.

For more pix, check out the slide show Monica McGivern did for us.

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