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Innoskate 2014

Innoskate 2014

Saturday, June 21, 2014  • Events, Innoskate

Polk Museum of Art is partnering with the Smithsonian Institution’s Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention & Innovation, the International Association of Skateboard Companies and the City of Lakeland to present Innoskate 2014, which will be held in conjunction with Go Skateboarding Day on Saturday, June 21.

Join professional skateboarders and Smithsonian representatives in exploring the intersection of art and innovation through the lens of skateboarding culture. Events will include skating, clinics, panel discussions and more — at the Lakeland SkatePark on Lake Bonny (from 9 a.m.-noon) and Team Pain obstacles, skateboard art exhibitions, panel discussions and demonstrations at PMoA (from 1 to 3 p.m.).

Innoskate 2013, Rodney Mullen and Tony Hawk, Smithsonian Institution

Also join us for Friday night’s Innoskate Kickoff Party from 6-10 p.m. (June 20) at Polk Museum of Art. The event will feature live music, Team Pain skate spots in the parking lot, skateboard art exhibitions and food trucks.


All skaters must have a signed waiver to skate Team Pain obstacles at Polk Museum of Art. Forms can be turned in early to the Museum or turned it at the time of the event.

Skaters will receive wrist bands on the day of the event.

Help us make Innoskate happen: Check out our Kickstarter campaign!


At Polk Museum of Art
6 – 10pm – GSD Kickoff Session

  • Parking lot open for skating with Team Pain obstacles
  • Food trucks
  • Live Music by:

Good Graeff


Every You

Slap of Reality





SATURDAY (June 21)
At Lakeland SkatePark on Lake Bonny

  • 9am – Doors open and open skating
  • 10am – Welcome
  • 10:10am – Panel 1 – “Innovation and Progression of the Deck” with Paul Schmitt
  • 10:35am – Panel 2 – “History of Skateboarding in Florida” with Elissa Steamer, Mike Frazier, Tim Payne, and more!
  • 11am – 11:45am – Best Trick Contests
  • Noon – Skate to Polk Museum of Art

At Polk Museum of Art

  • Parking lot open for skating with Team Pain obstacles
  • Food trucks
  • 1pm – Panel 3 – “The Creative Process in Skateboarding and Art” with Rodney Mullen
  • 2pm – Create-A-Skate Recognition Ceremony
  • 2:50pm – Closing remarks


Jeff Brodie
Chad Cardoza
Ryan Clements
Mike Frazier
Josh Friedberg
Betsy Gordon
Nick Halkias
Adam Justice
Rodney Mullen
Tim Payne
Paul Schmitt
Elissa Steamer

Who are they?


In conjunction with Innoskate, Polk Museum of Art is hosting…

Work by Dan Lasata

All Decked Out
April 26, 2014 – July 20, 2014

As part of Innoskate 2014, the exhibition All Decked Out! will celebrate the artistic and innovative spirit of skateboarding. Polk Museum of Art is proud to host an exhibition of contemporary artworks that smack of the edgy aesthetic so often associated with skating.


Paul Schmitt - Founder of CreateAskate.org

Exhibition: June 21 – August 9, 2014

Recognition Ceremony (with Paul Schmitt during Innoskate): June 21 at 2pm

An exhibition highlighting middle student artwork created on skateboard decks designed through the  CreateAskate.org program, founded by Paul Schmitt.



The Lemelson Center created Innoskate in 2013 on the anniversary of Go Skateboarding Day to celebrate the innovation and creative spirit of skateboarding. Now the Lemelson Center is broadening the celebration of skateboard culture by bringing Innoskate to two Smithsonian Affiliates, the Polk Museum of Art in June and the Museum of History and Industry in Seattle in August.


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