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Readers needed for hydrant painting project

Posted: Friday, August 8, 2014

The Huntington Arts Initiative chose the theme “Book Look ... and Listen” for this year’s hydrant painting public art exhibit to highlight the importance of reading and to help everyone realize the rainbow of possibilities the written word provides. Almost 40 artists will be painting the hydrants to represent books of all kinds for audiences of all ages. The official opening of the project will be September 7 from 2 to 4 p.m.

Maps will be available that day at The New Huntington Theatre so that everyone will be able to locate the hydrants, all of which are in and around the downtown area. Volunteer readers will be stationed at each hydrant sharing excerpts from the books. Flint Springs Elementary School Principal Aimee Lunsford was the first person to volunteer.

“I am supportive of anything that promotes reading and literacy in our community,” Lunsford explained. “Seeing how the artists interpret the books is also exciting.”

Additional volunteers are needed to serve as readers on September 7. Anyone who is interested can contact Debbie Dyer at (260) 358-0055 email

The Arts Initiative will also be giving away one copy of each book. People can sign up for the random drawing at the theatre. The Arts Initiative was founded to entertain, to enrich and to educate people as they explore downtown Huntington. Additional information as well as photos from previous hydrant painting public art projects can be found on the Arts Initiative Facebook page.

Arts Initiative founders Ann Siegfried, right, and Debbie Dyer, left, talk with Flint Springs Elementary School Principal Aimee Lunsford, middle, about the upcoming hydrant painting public art exhibit, “Book Look…and Listen.” Lunsford is one of the volunteers who will read excerpts from the books at the September 7 opening. Anyone who would like to read to those passing by that day should contact Dyer at (260) 358-0055.