Public Eye Soar Festival officials thrilled with additions

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PANAMA CITY, Florida (WMBB) – The Southeast’s largest outdoor art exhibit begins Friday night in Panama City.

A local non-profit organization, Public Eye Soar, has more than 40 projectors to display local and international artwork on the Gulf Coast State College campus.

Festival officials said thousands of people attend the free event each year and it is only getting bigger.

Public Eye Soar started nine years ago and was located in downtown Panama City. Now they have musical performances, a movie theater and even living statues. They had to move to a bigger space to make room for all the big ideas.

GCSC Executive Director of Recruitment and Community Relations Jason Hedden said they are thrilled to bring the festival back to campus for the second year in a row. There will be plenty of new things to see.

“We have a few more origami sculptures. There may or may not be a huge paper airplane. There may or may not be the return of a large origami bunny to project onto. We have a party aisle going on. Hedden said. “We also have a screen where we specifically honor veterans. We asked people from the college to submit their photos, so we’re going to have them.”

The Mosley High School Marching Band will perform at the festival Friday night to kick off the event.

Artwork will be projected on and around the college’s Amelia Center Theater from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday evenings.

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