October 2003 will be an exciting time for Rockford, its residents and visitorsand especially for the great number of people who care about public art and its ability to revitalize the community. ARTscene 2003, a program of the Rockford Area Arts Council, will join the Rockford Park District with a unique celebration of the once-controversial Symbol sculpture in Sinnissippi Park. A series of events will highlight the importance of Rockfords world-class Alexander Liberman sculpture and the more than 30 artworks that grace our public areasparks, paths and plazas. A renewed interest in public art is anticipated as these events are presented. The events will run as follows: n Symbols Birthday Celebration: Thursday, Oct. 2 at 5 p.m. at Symbols second home in Sinnissippi Park, with celebratory music, orange birthday cake, party hats and more! Festive music will be provided by Rockford Symphony Orchestras Brass Quintet, which will play a rousing Happy Birthday, as well as other festive pieces. Partiers will be able to make and take Symbol party hats, and students from Keith School will exhibit their own renditions of Symbol. n ARTscene Kick-Off: Friday, Oct. 3 at 5 p.m. on the downtown mall, Symbols first home, featuring a celebration with lively music, an exhibit of public art by some of Rockfords most celebrated sculptors, and a mini-symbol in its original location at State and Wyman streets. Music, compliments of Chris Wachowiak, will be presented by David Brude and Nez. Art on Main: A public art exhibit on the Downtown Mall, Friday, Oct. 3 through Oct. 31. Five celebrated regional artists will display their works: Jim Julin, George Farbotko, John Verl McNamara, R. Scott Long, and Robertus van der Wege.