Raleigh’s New Trail, Courtesy of Blue Cross Blue Shield of NC

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Since moving to Raleigh in October, the North Carolina Museum of Art has quickly become one of my favorite places in the city. I love the rotating collection and the brightness of the West Building, but I’m obsessed with the Museum Park and the art housed there. Trotting around outdoors is relaxing to me, and the art hidden throughout the trails makes it even more so. I’ve dubbed Museum Park my “happy place.” Judging by how many people I see using the space, there’s no way I’m the only one. Mike Cindric & Vincent Petrarca, 'Lowe's Pavillion'

Earlier this week I noticed some new wayfinding signage along one of the trails highlighting something called the Blue Loop. The signs stuck out because they had mileage on them, and I never know how far I’m running (err…slow jogging?).

As it turns out, the Blue Loop is being officially unveiled this weekend with an awesome sounding event at the NC Museum of Art. Sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, attendees that complete the 1 mile Blue Loop on Saturday, April 13th will get free admittance to the new, 0 to 60 exhibit.

A few weeks ago I was surprised to see an artist placing desks and chairs among some trees in the middle of the park. After some quick Twitter investigating, I discovered that I had viewed an installation of one of the 0 to 60 pieces. There’s nothing better than watching contemporary art in action!

Tom Shields, Forest for the Chairs

The Blue Loop was constructed as part of Blue Cross Blue Shield of NC’s GO NC! initiative.

For full information on Saturday’s event, visit the museum’s website for more info.

 

Bayer CropScience Shows Their Patriotic Side

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The Gadsden flag on display at the State Capitol

For all you history buffs out there – you’re in good company with some of RTP’s finest. But who in RTP would you expect to be an avid collector of early American flags? The answer, as it turns out, is ag-bio giant Bayer CropScience.

Beyond its core mission of providing sustainable crop solutions from seed to harvest, Bayer has many initiatives that demonstrate its commitment to the community. This includes charitable endeavors, educational programs, and also less tangible community involvements – in this case, a collection of nine historical flags of the United States. Continue reading

CityCamp Raleigh – building leadership to create change

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You know when headlines promoting CityCamp Raleigh include “Techies beckoned to Raleigh for CityCamp”, I was a little uncertain as to what role I play as a self-proclaimed non-techie, especially since the ‘camping gear’ for the event listed items other than marshmallows, chocolate and graham crackers.

CityCamp Raleigh, the ‘unconference’ aimed to connect Raleigh to its people by re-imaging how technology can empower communities and draw connections for a more participatory and transparent government.  Bringing together government, business, neighborhood, non-profit, and academic communities, the 3-day event kicked off with speakers from the government perspective and the business perspective. This provided a working foundation and understanding of technology, transparency, collaboration, and open source in government, while at the same time highlighting the importance of citizen participation. Doing just that, the floor opened up for comments and questions – providing a foreshadowing of the types of solutions that fueled the following days ideas and work sessions. Continue reading

Google Fiber for RTP Communities

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Google has launched a new “Google Fiber for Communities” project, planning to build and test ultra high-speed broadband networks in a small number of trial locations across the United States. Google will deliver Internet speeds more than 100 times faster than what most Americans have access to today with 1 gigabit per second, fiber-to-the-home connections.

Please click here to nominate your town or learn more about the project. http://www.google.com/appserve/fiberrfi

To learn more about how your corner of the Research Triangle is positioned to become the next “Google Community”, please visit their facebook group:

Chapel Hill/Carrboro Google Community Facebook Page

Durham Google Community Facebook Page

Raleigh Google Community Facebook Page