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Smithsonian's Lemelson Center Partners with IASC on Innoskate 2013
The Smithsonian's Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation and the International Association of Skateboard Companies (IASC) will present Innoskate, a public festival located at the National Museum of American History on the National Mall, so named to reflect skate culture's widespread innovative spirit.
"Working on a skateboarding event with the Smithsonian's Lemelson Center is by far the most surreal moment of my career. It's amazing this idea Don Brown had to get together with some friends on the Huntington Beach pier and celebrate skateboarding 10 years ago--Go Skateboarding Day--has grown to a point where we're being invited to share our love of skateboarding on such an amazing stage," said Josh Friedberg, Executive Director of IASC.
Innoskate kicks-off on Friday, June 21, with an evening showing of Bones Brigade: An Autobiography, with special appearances by members of the Bones Brigade, in the museum's Warner Bros. Theater. On Saturday, June 22, there will be panel discussions throughout the day that address evolving technology such as decks, wheels and trucks as well as innovations in tricks and skate fashion, and demonstrations by pro and invited skaters on a mini-ramp built on the museum's terrace facing the National Mall. Participants scheduled to attend include Tony Hawk and Rodney Mullen. Innoskate will close with an evening screening of Waiting for Lightening. For a full schedule of events, visit http://innoskate2013.tumblr.com.
"Skateboarding is surrounded by a culture of inventive creativity and imagination," said Jeffrey Brodie, Deputy Director of the Lemelson Center. "Skateboarders are similar to inventors in viewing the world from a unique perspective--what it has the potential to be. Innoskate will be a deep look into an American invention that has become a global phenomenon."
The International Association of Skateboard Companies is the member-owned not-for-profit trade association of skateboarding. The mission of the IASC is to represent the global skateboarding community with a united voice by listening, understanding and acting on the needs of skateboarders and the skateboard industry. IASC's goals are to promote skateboarding, increase participation, educate and save our members money. IASC serves its members and the skateboarding community by focusing on areas that affect not only the business by the overall sustainability and health of skateboarding as a whole. For more information, please visit http://theiasc.org.
About the Lemelson Center
The Lemelson Center has led the study of invention and innovation at the Smithsonian since 1995. The Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation's activities advance scholarship on the history of invention, share stories about inventors and their work and nuture creativity in young people. The Center embodies a philosophy akin to that of the inventors it studies, of valuing creativity and embracing the potential rewards of intellectual risk-taking. The Center is supported by The Lemelson Foundation, a private philanthropy establisted by one of the country's most prolific inventors, Jerome Lemelson, and his family. The Smithsonian's Lemelson Center is located at the National Museum of American History. For more information, visit http://invention.smithsonian.org.