Alexandre Dang, a French solar kinetic artist who currently lives and works in Brussels, Belgium, will conduct a series of FREE, creative workshops for children and their parents during the International Kinetic Art Exhibit and Symposium, Feb. 7-8, 2015, in Boynton Beach. During the one hour workshops, which will be held both days at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., at the Schoolhouse Children’s Museum and Learning Center in downtown Boynton Beach, Dang will lead participants in constructing dancing solar butterflies that they will attach to solar mechanisms and place in the museum’s courtyard. The goal of the workshops is to teach those who take part about solar energy and how they can conserve it. The Rickie Report shares the details and how to PRE-REGISTER for this FREE Event! ART LOVERS and ART PATRONS: Mark your calendars NOW for the International Kinetic Art Symposium in Boynton Beach, Fl!
CHILDREN, PARENTS CAN CREATE
DURING KINETIC ART EVENT
IN BOYNTON BEACH
Alexandre Dang, a French solar kinetic artist who currently lives and works in Brussels, Belgium, will conduct a series of FREE, creative workshops for children and their parents during the International Kinetic Art Exhibit and Symposium, Feb. 7-8, 2015, in Boynton Beach. During the one hour workshops, which will be held both days at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., at the Schoolhouse Children’s Museum and Learning Center in downtown Boynton Beach, Dang will lead participants in constructing dancing solar butterflies that they will attach to solar mechanisms and place in the museum’s courtyard. The goal of the workshops is to teach those who take part about solar energy and how they can conserve it.
To preregister for the workshops, which include instruction and a Certificate of Completion signed by Alexandre Dang, email firstname.lastname@example.org. For those who don’t preregister but still wish to make a dancing solar butterfly, they may do so with the guidance of museum staff anytime during the event weekend. To see past workshops, visit http://tinyurl.com/po2a89c. To see prior exhibitions, visit http://tinyurl.com/o7pf7qz.
Alexandre Dang comes from a scientific background. Convinced of the need to raise awareness of the potential of environmental friendly technologies (eco-technologies) and sustainable development, he developed his artistic creation often incorporating solar energy as source into his kinetic art works. Though the sun provides 10,000 times more energy to the earth than humans need, more than 1.7 billion people still do not have access to electricity. The pressing need to address this issue is the driving force of Dang’s artistic commitment, where he combines scientific approach, environmental concern and humanism. To learn more, visit solarsolidarite.org.
Dang will also conduct workshops at Galaxy E3 (Engineering, Energy, Environment) Elementary School in Boynton Beach on Friday, Feb. 6. Students there will also create dancing solar butterflies that will be added to the exhibit at the Schoolhouse Children’s Museum and Learning Center. Both the school and the museum are excited to bring this valuable workshop to their facilities as it aligns with their S.T.E.A.M., Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math programming.
Created by the Boynton Beach Arts Commission and produced by the City of Boynton Beach Art in Public Places program, the International Kinetic Art Exhibit and Symposium is a biennial event held in downtown Boynton Beach that is free and open to the public. Its purpose is to connect the public to one-of-a-kind visual experiences. The event features both indoor and outdoor iconic works of kinetic art, educational presentations and the opportunity to meet an array of international kinetic artists. Other components for 2015 will include the first “Kinetic Connection,” a community based kinetic artwork, and a Solar Tree student kinetic art exhibition. This event is supported by Equity One, Inc., Kinetic Art Organization (KAO), International Sculpture Center, Cultural Council of Palm Beach County, Buffalo Wild Wings, Boca Bearings, and Hacklab.
Other sponsors include Solartree Project, Coastal Star, Neighborhood Gallery, Schoolhouse Children’s Museum and Learning Center, The Secret Garden Cafe and the Boynton Beach Community Redevelopment Agency. Additional sponsorship opportunities are available by contacting Debby Coles-Dobay at (561) 742-6026.
For more information on the 2015 International Kinetic Art Exhibit and Symposium, call (561) 742-6026, email ColesDobayd@bbfl.us or visit IntlKineticArtEvent.org.
In addition, The Rickie Report shares the results of the “Focus on Planning” Photo Contest, which youth and adults participated.
MAYOR ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF THE
“FOCUS ON PLANNING” PHOTO CONTEST
The winners of the Focus on Planning Photo Contest were announced by Mayor “Jerry” Taylor. The photo contest was held to commemorate National Community Planning Month and recognize urban design features within the City limits. Photographs must have captured Boynton Beach’s distinctive architecture; its urban designs, cityscapes, landmarks and/or structures.
Professional photographers and community leaders served as judges and selected finalists, based on subject matter, composition, clarity, lighting, depth of field, artistry/drama, degree of difficulty, technical excellence, creativity and overall impact. Five of the finalists were placed online for the public to choose “A People’s Choice Award”. Nearly 800 votes were cast from all over the world, including places as far as New Zealand and Brazil. Judges then selected the top winner in both the youth category and adult category and Mayor Taylor selected a “Special Mayor’s Award”. Winners are as follows:
People’s Choice Award: Boynton Ballerina by Hope Spears
Boynton Ballerina showcases the structures at the Promenade Park, a high level streetscape along Boynton Beach’s waterfront.
Youth Category Award: Colorful Corridor by Hope Spears
The shot captures the versatility of Las Ventanas, a unique mixed-use living environment combining livability and colorful aesthetics.
Adult Category Award: Behind Casa Costa by Felicia Houtenbrink
This photograph depicts a Class A resort-style condominium property and its waterfront feature, which is one of its stronger selling points.
Special Mayor’s Award: Galaxy E3ES by Ellen Budish
This picture shows Galaxy E3 Choice School, dubbed the greenest school in the galaxy, one of the buildings that best represent efficiency and sustainability in the City.
“I was impressed by the participation of both local photographers and voters, and anticipate even greater involvement next year. Our City is so fortunate to have many distinctive architectural structures; having a photo contest was a unique way to artistically capture attributes of Boynton’s built environment,” said Mike Rumpf, Director of Planning and Zoning.
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