Sand Volleyball Courts, Pop-Up Art Gallery Debuting At Tallahassee's 'Downtown Dig In'

Aug 14, 2014

City workers install refrigerators at the Food Truck Court Thursday afternoon. They're part of the "Everyone's First Gallery" pop-up show opening Friday.
Credit Lizzy Kelley / City of Tallahassee

A pop-up art show. A celebrity volleyball tournament. And food trucks. They’re all part of a Tallahassee event called the Downtown Dig In Friday evening. The festivities are to celebrate new sand volleyball courts near the state Capitol.

On Thursday, a city crew was installing a dozen refrigerators outdoors at the downtown Food Truck Court between Madison and Gaines streets.

The fridges lent from appliance store h.h.gregg are part of a pop-up art project put on by the LeMoyne Center for the Arts. Executive Director Ann Kozeliski says the project is called “Everyone’s First Gallery.”

“Everyone had their artwork at some time or another on a refrigerator. That’s where we all start,” she says.

On Friday, the fridges will be adorned with children’s artwork and the city will invite the public to add their own creations. It’s part of LeMoyne’s 50th anniversary celebration.

“This is just a fun way, it’s unusual, kind of shakes things up a little bit, and gets people thinkin’,” Kozeliski says.

Downtown Dig In kicks off at 5:30 p.m. with a volleyball tournament. After all, the two sandy courts next to the food truck circle are the reason for the celebration, says Parks and Rec Manager Ashley Edwards.

“They’re always looking for new and innovative and creative ways to kind of bring some energy to downtown, that’ll get folks in the downtown area,” she says.

Tallahassee City Commissioners and local media personalities will face off against one another, and the public is invited to B-Y-O-B—that’s bring your own balls—and join in.

And ‘cause it isn’t a food truck court without food trucks, several of the mobile eateries will be stationed nearby.

“Who doesn’t like to eat?” Edwards says.

The pop-up art show will stay on display at the Food Truck Court for one or two weeks. And the new downtown volleyball courts will always be open to the public.