After a weekend of watching my teenager gaze monotonously at her mobile device, I decided it was time for an intervention.
That’s what spurred me to jump in the minivan and take her on an impromptu excursion that offered a truly immersive experience guaranteed to get my teen to step away from the cell phone. If only for an afternoon.
Lucky for us, we discovered Richardson’s Ricochet15 festival. It was just incentive we needed to get out to explore and engage in a unique community-wide event that celebrated edge-to-edge creativity.
Ricochet15’s focus was about igniting a spirit of creativity that permeates throughout the community. The event challenged participants to crisscross through Richardson to see performing organizations and individual artists. It was like going on a scavenger hunt to find pop-up performances and creatives around town.
Organizers hope to make it an annual event to help promote local arts and create a culture map for Richardson.
This free family-friendly festival gave art lovers, like my daughter and I, a ricochet experience by allowing them to go from place to place across Richardson to enjoy and interact in a variety of activities at multiple venues. These ranged from retail outlets, schools and parks, among many other local attractions.
We set our sights on the activities held Richardson Heights Village Shopping Center where we stopped to admire the yarn bomb column exhibit. After taking a break to create our own coloring-book artwork with new friends that we met on the patio of the Alamo Draft House Cinema, we caught up with sidewalk chalk artisans outside of the theater.
Richardson native turned California professional make-up artist, Charlotte Scovill returned home to support the Ricochet15 effort. She, and her partner Curt von Badinski, dazzled onlookers by embellishing sidewalks with lifelike renderings from the Goosebumps movie theme.
We then turned our attention to alluring activity inside the theater with lobby performances by the Chamberlain Performing Arts, Pegasus Theatre and the Dallas Chinese Community Center arts demonstration.
Meandering through the plaza, we were delighted to catch a musical flash mob by the The Rich-Tones Chorus. The group performed outside of Half Price Books to an enthusiastic crowd of book-lovers who just happened by at the right time for a rousing sing-a-long.
This high-energy group of a cappella pitch perfect perfectionists, under the direction of Dale Syverson, wowed the audience with their innovative entertainment style which embraced pop, jazz, Broadway and rock n’ roll.
After getting a chance to enjoy just a smidgen of the activities during Ricochet15, my daughter and I agreed there was no shortage of artistic things to do in Richardson.
Our weekend excursion further proves that Richardson offers a creative cluster of amazing talent throughout the city.
If you just get out and explore your own backyard, you’ll find an array of brilliant arts organizations, solo artists and performers right under your nose.
All you have to do is take a little time to look up from your phone.