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‚ÄúThe Known Universe‚ÄĚ

Northampton-based artist Samuel Rowlett and a dynamic crew of 15 local high school students collaborated on The Known Universe at ‚ÄúTEENSPACE‚ÄĚ a project of Kidspace at MASS MoCA¬† in downtown North Adams as part of the annual DownStreet Art festival. Visit the space at 26 Holden Street to see the results.

Samuel Rowlet has written a guest blog for MASS MoCA, check out what he has been working on:

With sketchbooks filled after a month of meeting twice a week on the 3rd floor of MASS MoCA as part of my residency with the Teenspace crew, we finally saw the space for our installation this summer.  The site of the old Artery Lounge at 26 Holden Street was perfect!   With a patina of character and quirky architectural palimpsests it was just the raw space we needed to take the ethos of the sketchbook (the artist’s equivalent of a diary), blow it up large scale and make it environmental.  The process, based on my own studio practice of turning the unpolished immediacy of sketchbook drawings into wall drawings, certainly gave the project an uncertain future.  Especially having 16 sketchbooks to source from!  However, after seeing the sketches the Crew had made, I knew we had the makings of something great.

Perhaps the most pleasing part of the project (in addition to the rocking installation: a mash-up of social commentary, angst, honesty and satire, that somehow reminds me of a Nirvana music video) has been the camaraderie and sense of collaboration that has developed within the group throughout the installation process.¬† As we helped draw each other‚Äôs drawings, we got to know one another, to rely on one another, riffing off each other‚Äôs ideas, and (quite literally) drawing connections between our sketchbook worlds.¬† I had charged them with the task of mapping their own universes, however it has become less about individual paradigms and more about stewardship of the work as a whole and the conversation they have put into motion through the process of working together.¬† Which, primarily, is what I hope for them will be the real take-away from this experience.¬† One that they can repeat in the future in whatever their chosen field may be:¬† a sense of creative collaboration.¬† ‚ÄúThe Known Universe‚ÄĚ expands‚Ķ

Posted June 30, 2011 by MASS MoCA
Filed under BLOG, Exhibitions, Kidspace, North Adams, Work-in-progress
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A great idea inspired by Kidspace

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Inspired by Luisa Caldwell’s use of fruit stickers in You Art What You Eat in Kidspace, this excellent food blogger, Dinner: A Love Story, came up with a cool idea for a way to get kids to eat more fruit. Though we find those little stickers super annoying, this idea almost makes us wish they came on kale and cauliflower too.

She also gives a shout out to Rural Intelligence, a blog we recommend too!

Posted July 27, 2010 by MASS MoCA
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A new online home for Kidspace!

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Our friends at Kidspace have a new home on the world wide web. The new website features photos, educator guides, a brand new blog, and so much more! What are you waiting for? Visit the new Kidspace website NOW!

Cheers,
Brittany

Posted July 2, 2010 by Brittany Bishop
Filed under BLOG, Design, Kidspace
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Art21 and Kidspace

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Joe Fusaro from Art21 came to the Kidspace 10th anniversary festivities and had a chance to interview Laura Thompson. He posted his interview here.

Posted April 7, 2010 by MASS MoCA
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Kidspace Auction!

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Kidspace is having its 10th anniversary party this Saturday, including an auction!

All proceeds will go to keep Kidspace doing all of the amazing work that they do. Whether you want to spend $100 or $7,000 there are auction items that cover all price ranges. Check out full auction information here.

If you can’t make it to the event, you can still contribute to Kidspace.  Email your auction bids by 9 pm on Friday, March 19th to kidspace@massmoca.org.  Be sure to include your name, address, & phone number.  They will let you know the following week whether you were a lucky winner.

Cheers,

Brittany

Posted March 18, 2010 by Brittany Bishop
Filed under 10th Anniversary, BLOG, Kidspace
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Amazing feats with JELL-O

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There’s a new addition to our JELL-O videos in Kidspace.¬† As part of her residency with the second graders at North Adams’ Brayton Elementary School, Liz Hickok created a video using student made JELL-O sculptures and backdrop –¬† a great end result of an artist residency program.¬† Can’t make it to North Adams?¬† Watch this fun video here.

Posted February 10, 2010 by MASS MoCA
Filed under BLOG, Kidspace, North Adams
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