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The Children’s Museum of the Upstate partners with Smithsonian on Innoskate 2015: Program explores skateboard culture in new and unexpected ways

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The Children’s Museum of the Upstate partners with Smithsonian on Innoskate 2015: Program explores skateboard culture in new and unexpected ways

InnoSkate 2015
GREENVILLE, SC – July 14, 2015 – The Children’s Museum of the Upstate (TCMU) will host Innoskate with the Smithsonian’s Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation and Michelin North America. Innoskate 2015 will explore skateboarding culture, bringing new audiences and communities together for inter-generational learning while broadening the public’s perception about skateboarding and the innovations that have made wheeled sports an important catalyst for community redevelopment throughout the world.

Innoskate 2015 Greenville will take place on Saturday, August 8 at The Children’s Museum of the Upstate in Greenville, SC. A Smithsonian Affiliate, TCMU was the perfect choice for a forum that features iconic skateboard inventors and innovators, panel discussions exploring the connections between the science of skateboarding, history and innovation, hands-on skate activities from The Lemeslon Center’s Spark!Lab and demonstrations by professional athletes.

Innoskate 2015 will build on the success of the Lemelson Center’s initial 2013 program. With the Washington Monument and the National Mall as a backdrop, leading figures from skateboarding’s history engaged in skate demonstrations, panel discussions and other programs that explored the impact of skate culture’s technological and artistic innovations in American culture. “Skateboarding is surrounded by a culture of inventive creativity and imagination,” said Jeffrey Brodie, deputy director of the Lemelson Center and Innoskate coordinator. “This year’s Greenville connection allows us to explore skateboard culture in new and unexpected ways and to strengthen the collaborations between the skateboarding community, the Lemelson Center and Smithsonian Affiliate institutions.” Innoskate is made possible through the partnership and support of Michelin North America, Nike, the International Association of Skateboard Companies, The Boardr, and Know Projects.

The Children’s Museum of the Upstate in downtown Greenville, SC is a private, not-for-profit organization dedicated to sparking a lifelong passion for curiosity and learning through play. As the nation’s 7th largest children’s museum and first children’s museum to become a Smithsonian Affiliate, TCMU engages communities through interactive exhibits, online resources and award-winning public and youth education programs. For more information on the museum or an outline of activities for Innoskate,visit www.tcmupstate.org.

TCMU President and CEO Nancy Halverson is excited to bring this kind of an event to the children of the Upstate for multiple reasons. She said, “Not only will we be presenting world class programming from the Smithsonian’s Lemelson Center, we will also be building upon our successful model of community outreach and collaboration in partnership with Michelin North America as we educate our community about the science and innovation behind the sport that has transformed communities thoughout the nation. We will also take the opportunity to elevate the conversation around skateboarding in Greenville County and shine a light on local efforts to create a skate park in the Poe Mill community.”

Supporting sponsors include Scansource, Spinx, The Greenville News, WSPA Seven on Your Side, 98.5X New Rock Alternative and The City of Greenville Parks, Recreation and Sustainbility – who will be on hand with fun outdoor activities on the Heritage Green lawn. There will be an Innoskate after-party for all ages at Poe Mill from 4:00pm – 8:00pm with refreshments, music and of course, skateboarding.

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