Sep 29, 2009

Simply Amazing... Simply Downtown

by Cheryl Cooper

Amazement Square, located on Ninth Street, is home to the Ugly Bug Ball, a skate park and Virginia’s largest outdoor mosaic wall.

Diana Thompson, the annual fund and membership coordinator for Amazement Square, encourages college students to visit the museum.

“We have many events at Amazement Square,” Thompson said. “They include our annual Ugly Bug Ball, Gathering of Goddesses, the Riverflick Film Series and Jammin’ By the James. All of these events are opportunities for adults to socialize together and benefit the educational mission of the museum.”

The Riverflick Film Series is “a line-up of films that will whisk viewers away to exotic foreign locations. Each film screening will be preceded by pre-movie programming highlighting the film’s locale, creating an immersive film experience,” according to Amazement Square’s Web site.

Amazement Square is also home to several unique exhibits. Among the most prominent is the City Arts Mosaic Mural.

“When complete, (the City Arts Mosaic Mural) will be the largest outdoor tile mosaic in Virginia at 4,800 square feet,” said Thompson. “(The mosaic) depicts the history of downtown Lynchburg along the James River.”

Amazement Square is able to give Liberty students Christian service (CSER) credit through volunteer opportunities.

“Liberty students can benefit from Amazement Square by volunteering,” Abbott said. “I know (students) have to perform a certain amount of CSER hours, and we offer a fun, artistic and creative opportunity to fulfill those. Most volunteers for our organization help out with special events or facilitate and interpret our galleries.”

The Amazing Children’s Run is one such occasion, according to Thompson. The race is in conjunction with the Virginia 10-Miler to promote a healthy lifestyle among young people by making physical activity fun and rewarding.

Amazement Square is also opening a new exhibit centered around the popular video game “Rock Band,” according to Abbott.

“(The exhibit) superimposes the image of those playing the game into backdrops such as outer space or Egypt,” Abbott said. “This exhibit is completely geared for an older crowd.”

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