Innoskate Greenville

August 8, 2015

Skateboarding and the Smithsonian? It’s a unique and successful concept grounded in the belief that invention and innovation happen every day in places often overlooked.


The Children's Museum, 300 College Street, Greenville, South Carolina 29601


  • 3pm - 5pm: Create-A-Skate workshop with Paul Schmitt, Adrian (Blazer), and Mouse in the Café at TCMU
  • 6pm - 8pm: VIP Party at TCMU to bring community leaders together to celebrate Innoskate 2015

Innoskate events will take place outside on the grounds of the Children's Museum of the Upstate with Spark!Lab activities taking place inside the Museum.

  • 11am - Skateboarding Lessons/Learn to Skate Clinics
  • 11:45am - Open skate
  • 12:20pm - Welcome
  • 12:30pm - Spark!Lab hands-on activities (Invent Your Own Skatepark, Wheel, etc.) begin inside the Museum and will run throughout the day
  • 12:30pm - Panel 1: 50 Years of Skateboard Innovation and Invention featuring Paul Schmitt with demonstrations by local skaters
  • 1pm: Story time for friends 5 and younger in Grandma Betty's Farm
  • 1:15pm - Open skate and Mouse Demo
  • 1:45pm - Panel 2: Greenville as a "Place of Invention" featuring inventors and innovators who are transforming Greenville into a hotspot of innovation. Participants to include Jay Long of Michelin, Zack Eickenberry, and Ben Riddle
  • 2:15pm - Open skate and Mouse Demo
  • 2:45pm - Panel 3: Skateboarding as an International Incubator of Invention featuring the stories of skaters in Afghanistan, Cambodia, Ethiopia, and Cuba
  • 3:30pm - Best Trick Contest (open to skaters with a signed waiver)
  • 4pm - Closing Remarks
  • 4:30pm - 9pm: After Party Celebration at Poe Mill hosted by Greenville County Parks and Rec & Greenville County Redevelopment Authority
    • Poe Mill is Located at the corner of Buncombe Road and A Street, Greenville, South Carolina 29609

Waiver Required to Skate

Everyone participating must sign a waiver and parent must be present if you’re under 18.

About Innoskate

Skateboarding and the Smithsonian? It’s a unique and successful concept grounded in the belief that invention and innovation happen every day in places often overlooked. In 2011, the National Museum of American History and the Smithsonian’s Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation launched a broad collecting initiative focused on skateboarding and skate culture. As part of that effort, the Lemelson Center collaborated with the International Association of Skateboard Companies — the member-owned, not-for-profit trade association of skateboarding — and introduced Innoskate in 2013.This major public festival featured an array of diverse activities including skate demonstrations, panel discussions, documentary films, donations of skate objects to the national collections, and other programs that explored the impact of skateboarding’s innovations on American culture with diverse audiences.The inaugural Innoskate event took place in 2013 on the 10th anniversary of global Go Skateboarding Day. With a skate ramp installed on the Museum’s plaza facing the National Mall and the Washington Monument serving as a dramatic backdrop, participants Tony Hawk, Rodney Mullen, Patti McGee, Cindy Whitehead and others shared their insights about skate history, invention, and innovation with thousands of men, women and children from around the world. The success of the initial Innoskate event inspired the creation of new Innoskate festivals in Lakeland, Florida, and Seattle, Washington in 2014.

About the Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation

Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation was founded in 1995 at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. It is dedicated to documenting and sharing information about invention and innovation, fostering an appreciation for their central roles in the history of the United States, and encouraging inventive creativity in young people.The Center’s work empowers the public to solve problems, navigate challenges, and effect real change in their lives and communities. Because the Lemelson Center believes that everyone is inventive and that invention is all around us, it launched the Innoskate skateboarding festival in 2013 to demonstrate how creativity and innovation abound in unexpected aspects of daily life.

Innoskate Skateboarding History and Preservation

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