Kidspace 10th Anniversary
Saturday, March 20, 2010, 11:00 am
Kidspace celebrates ten years of service to the northern Berkshire community with a full slate of activities for the whole family, including a special exhibition, an Iron Artist competition, live art auction, and food-related art-making activities. Kidspace, a collaborative project of the three leading museums in northern Berkshire County Ã¯Â¿Â½ the Williams College Museum of Art (WCMA), the The Clark, and MASS MoCA - first opened its doors in the MASS MoCA complex in North Adams, Mass., in February 2000.
Can't join us but still want to bid on the auction items? Email Laura Thompson with your bid by 9 PM on Friday, March 19 to be included. We'll notify the winning bidder next week.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
||A Delectable Decade and You Art What You Eat open for viewing and art-making
||Ken Butler concert
||Iron Artist competition
||Make Your Cake and Eat it Too Cupcake Challenge
||Audience voting for Iron Artist Competition
||Benefit auction of works by Iron Artist Competitors
The tenth anniversary celebration begins at 11 AM with the opening of A Delectable Decade: Kidspace Retrospective (running through October 17, 2010) in MASS MoCA's Hunter Mezzanine Gallery on the second floor. The exhibition will feature the work of 14 past Kidspace artists, including Timothy Basil-Ering, Ken Butler, Long-Bin Chen, Emily Cheng, Laura Christensen, Debora Coombs, Richard Criddle, Susan Leopold, Emil Lukas, Lisa Nilsson, Victoria Palermo, Linda Price-Sneddon, Tim Rollins, and Christy Rupp. A Delectable Decade and Kidspace's You Art What You Eat exhibitions will be open on March 20, from 11 AM to 4 PM for art-viewing and art-making activities.
In MASS MoCA's Hunter Center, at 1 PM, electronic instrument-maker Ken Butler will offer a performance for families using a selection of his unique instruments. Butler performed to a sold-out crowd in 2006 when his work was on display as part of Kidspace's The New Sound of Music exhibition. Butler's concert will be followed at 2 PM by Iron Artist, a competition modeled on the popular Iron Chef television show. In Iron Artist, six former Kidspace artists will be given a variety of art and recycled materials and 90 minutes to create original works of art. The six Iron Artists are Timothy Basil-Ering, Matt Bua, Luisa Caldwell, Debora Coombs, Richard Criddle, and Linda Price-Sneddon.
Iron Artists will be an open event with the artists working in the middle of the Hunter Center while the public is in-vited to wander around and offer encouragement and even suggestions to their favorite artist during the competi-tion. Those who are inspired by the professional art-makers will have the opportunity to create their own work of (edible) art at the Make Your Cake and Eat It Too cupcake challenge station open during the competition. Using supplied decorations and responding to different challenges, kids and adults can work on their own masterpieces. After the finished cakes are photographed by museum staff, cupcake artists are welcome to eat their art or share it with a friend!
From 3:30 PM, when the Iron Artists must complete their creations, until 3:45, the audience is invited to vote on the finished works in a number of categories including best use of materials, most unusual sculpture, and most materi-als used. At 3:45 there will be an auction of work by each artist that has been donated in advance. Winning bidders will also receive the pieces completed as part of the Iron Artists competition. The donated works will be on view all afternoon in the Hunter Center, but interested bidders can also view the pieces in advance online at mass-moca.org/kidspace.
Admission to the Hunter Center for the Butler concert, Iron Artists competition, Make Your Cake and Eat It Too cup-cake challenge, and auction is $5 per person for the whole afternoon. Funds raised through admission and through the auction go directly to Kidspace to support its school programs. There is no charge for admission to the exhibi-tions You Art What You Eat and A Delectable Decade.
Since opening in 2000, Kidspace at MASS MoCA has mounted two major thematic exhibitions annually, selecting topics and artists for both educational and artistic merit. These thought-provoking exhibitions - along with guest artists, multiple gallery visits and classroom projects, intensive teacher workshops, and curricular materials devel-oped in collaboration with teachers - have made Kidspace an award-winning museum/school partnership program. In 2009, Kidspace received the prestigious Massachusetts Arts Education Collaborative Distinguished Community Arts Collaborative Award. Kidspace is also open to the public for viewing on weekdays and for art-making and view-ing on weekends, during school breaks and over the summer, when the general public is invited to view exhibitions and create their own art projects. Kidspace is located on the MASS MoCA campus at 87 Marshall St. in North Adams, Massachusetts.
Kidspace is a collaborative project of The Clark, Williams College Museum of Art, and MASS MoCA. Major season support for Kidspace is provided by the Avis Family Foundation, with additional support from Berkshire Bank; the Brownrigg Charitable Trust, Alice Shaver Foundation, and Milton and Dorothy Sarnoff Raymond Foundation in mem-ory of Lynn Laitman; the Golub Foundation; the James and Robert Hardman Fund for North Adams, a fund of the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation; the Massachusetts Cultural Council; the National Endowment for the Arts; and the Ruth E. Proud Charitable Trust. For additional information visit www.massmoca.org/kidspace.
Photo by Kevin Kennefick