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A Shout Out from the Las Vegas Weekly about the Youth Educational Spaceship Docking in Las Vegas.
Las Vegas, NV – The Youth Educational Spaceship (Y.E.S.) project is landing in Las Vegas! Y.E.S. is a mobile spaceship classroom built from repurposed and found objects by artist Dana Albany, together with kids from San Francisco’s Tenderloin and Hunters Point neighborhoods. This collaborative art program for youth gives them time and space to create, participate, and then exhibit their work, while engaging children in hands-on experience focusing on art and technology.
Y.E.S. will be open to the public at the Learning Village, 727 Fremont Street, starting Friday November 15, with a variety of family-friendly programming including spaceship tours, mosaic workshops with recycled materials, wiring demos and interactive robotic demos, culminating in a closing ceremony and children’s art show on December 8. For more information about programming, please visit: https://ticketcake.com/venue/learning-village/las-vegas.
About the Y.E.S. Project
The project began with the construction of a beautifully crafted steel frame, 12’ in diameter and 11’ tall with an acrylic observation dome on top. Then a mesh and fiberglass shell created a blank canvas for children and community members to collectively create a mosaic, spaceship shell out of repurposed materials. There is a hatch that opens and whimsical stairs that allow visitors to enter the spacecraft’s interior. Inside, a TV monitor is installed with interchanging videos of space education, travel and a film directed by youth that captures “what life is like on Earth” from a child’s perspective. There is a fog machine, soundscape, vibration interface and an LED light installation with the capacity to run 130 different light sequences, as well as an interactive monitor/camera, a robotic microphone voice adaptation and a unique, interactive space control panel.
Children from the Tenderloin, Bayview/Hunter’s Point Boys & Girls Club of San Francisco were given the opportunity to help create a spacecraft under the guidance of many artists skilled in several disciplines. During the course of three months, the children made model spaceships and created mosaic stars and imaginary planets out of recycled glass, mirror, tiles, and repurposed objects collected at Recology and Building Resources. Their work adorns the exterior of the spacecraft. At the Crucible, the kids learned how to make fused glass tiles and the art of glass sand-casting, which has been installed in the interior. During the formation of the spacecraft they were engaged in discussions about recycling, creative reuse, environmentalism, solar energy, LED lighting, photography, soundscape creation, robotics, space travel and astronomy.
Y.E.S. will continue to travel serving as a future model of a mobile classroom for science and art education. It will dock at schools, art and science centers, museums and playgrounds.
The project has been made possible by the generous support, funding and sponsorship from Burning Man Project, Black Rock Arts Foundation, Black Rock City, LLC, the Exploratorium, Maker’s Faire, the Crucible and private donors.
For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/YouthEducationalSpacecraftProject.
About Burning Man Project
The mission of the Burning Man Project is to facilitate and extend the culture that has issued from the Burning Man event into a larger world. This culture forms an integrated pattern of values, experience, and behavior: a coherent and widely applicable way of life. The survival and elaboration of this culture depend upon a cultivated capacity for learning and transmitting knowledge to succeeding generations.
The primary purpose of Burning Man Project is to uphold and manifest the values described in the Ten Principles of Burning Man. “Burning Man” is understood not as an event, but refers to a way of life lived consistently with these Ten Principles. Burning Man Project provides infrastructural tools and frameworks that will allow people to apply the Ten Principles in many communities and spheres of endeavor.
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Burning Man participants visiting Burners Without Borders on the playa this year had the opportunity to walk out with unique screen prints, an idea BWB is using in Haiti to help local artists recover following the devastating earthquake that hit the country in 2010.
“The screen printing techniques we used on the playa are the same ones being taught to Haitian artists as part of a program BWB initiated with Jakmel Ekspresyon Community Arts Center – an organization providing marginalized artists with the space and facilities to express themselves through their art.” said Carmen Mauk, Executive Director of Burners Without Borders. “The goal of the program in Haiti is to fill gaps left in businesses after the earthquake and to provide the training for these artists to become successful entrepreneurs.”
The 7.0 earthquake devastated the local economy and Mauk saw screen printing as a way to help local artists and residents generate money to support their families. BWB created a program that provides training in art and the fundamentals of running a successful business. The program included training on design, screen printing and professional development. This program is the first of its kind in Haiti. There are 17 artists involved with the program.
In Black Rock City, participants could choose from basic designs that included the Temple and many other art pieces from Burning Man past and present.
“The artists who run the screen printing also have a unique way of layering the prints so everyone walks away with a different art piece to call their own,” Mauk said.
Burning Man Project and Transition US are presenting “The Gift: From Economy to Cosmology – How Sharing and Giving Can Transform Our World,” a special evening with author and speaker Charles Eisenstein and guests.
The October 28 event takes place at the Sunflower Center in Petaluma, begins with a reception at 6 p.m., followed by a talk at 7 p.m.
The gift and sharing economy is becoming an important component of our culture, the economic consequences are profound, signaling a transition to a new economic era. Beyond the economy, this movement is part of an even bigger shift in our concept of self, nature and cosmos.
Following the reception, Eisenstein will give a presentation, followed by a panel discussion including artists David Best and Joshua Coffy and moderated by Julia Bystrova of Transition’s Heart and Soul Outreach.
The evening is a benefit for Transition US and Burning Man Project. Like BMP, Transition US is working around the world to educate and build community in the spirit of a more sustainable and just society.
There is no set cost to attend, just a contribution based on your value received. Donations are fully tax deductible. Organic wine and healthy snacks will be available for purchase. To reserve your space, visit The Gift. Your donation will be divided between the organizations. You may also choose to attend and make a donation at the door, space permitting.
The Sunflower Center is at 1435 McDowell Blvd., Suite 100 in Petaluma.