Moonshot 5×5 presentations announced

JACKSON, Wyo. — Jackson Hole Public Art has announced the seven presenters who will present their boldest, most ambitious ideas in just five minutes at the annual Moonshot 5X5 this year.

This year’s presenters (and their projects) are: Ariel Green (Everyone, Everywhere); Cat Campbell and Lea Fine (Prayers for Preservation); Evie Brooks (Blue Wood); Kristin Coombs (Bears Deserve Better); Leo Naegel and Brent Sikora (A Room in the Woods); Mariela Santelices (Teen Mental Health in Jackson; and Tenley Thompson (Jackson Hole Knit Bombing Festival).

Each presenter was tasked with submitting bold public art concepts that address current environmental changes like water quality, endangered species, or climate change. Their projects are not shovel-ready, but rather big ideas that push the boundaries of what is possible. They are and meant to excite conversation and invoke attention and awareness to art and the environment.

They will present their ideas using just five slides in five minutes on Thursday, January 30 from 5:30–7 p.m. in The Center lobby. MC Jeff Moran will lead the evening.

New this year is the $500 “Buzz Aldrin Award,” decided by event attendees for the idea that best fits the “ethos” of Jackson Hole and is the winning crowd-pleaser.

The event serves as a launchpad to rocket ideas out into the universe, where we hope they will land in reality. Sponsors include US Bank, Wyoming Arts Council and friends of JH Public Art. Previous years’ Moonshots that have become JHPA projects include GLOW Nights and the upcoming Cloud Factory, by Jackson-based artist Jenny Dowd, which will debut on Friday March 13.

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