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Oxford Kinetics Festival April 7: Create a kinetic contraption; bring the kids

03/28/2013

Preparing for the Scramble at the 2012 Oxford Kinetics Festival. This year's festival will be noon-4 p.m. April 7.
Preparing for the Scramble at the 2012 Oxford Kinetics Festival. This year's festival will be noon-4 p.m. April 7.
The fourth annual Oxford Kinetics Festival will be held noon-4 p.m. Sunday, April 7, at Millett Hall. Demonstrations, exhibitions and children’s activities will be held throughout the festival, which is free and open to all. “The Scramble” — part parade, part race, part obstacle course — will start at 1 p.m.

Co-directed this year by artists Kate Carlier Currie (Miami ’93) and Rod Northcutt, assistant professor of art, the festival has grown each year since it began as the Kinetic Sculpture Race in 2010.

“We hope to turn it into a two-day festival by 2015,” Currie said.

Many Miami student organizations are involved with the festival, from art education students leading children’s activities to mechanical engineering and geology students creating kinetic sculptures. Theatre students and all 3D Foundation classes will participate, and students involved with Project High Flight will send toys created by children up in a high altitude balloon.

Watch demonstrations
Watch a glass blowing demonstration by the Neusole Glassworks’ mobile hotshop; watch an iron pour; and watch the performance art of Know No Stranger – a group of artists who encourage creative unity.

Be inspired by an exhibition of sculpture, robots, devices and more, by regional and invited artists and students.

Bring the kids
Children can build a kinetic contraption of their own design to enter into the Scramble; create a toy at the ToyLab by Happen Inc. with “toy scientists;” launch an air-powered rocket made from repurposed soda bottles; and build a contraption with k’nex.

Enter the Scramble – win an award
Enter the Scramble with your self-powered mobile creation. Anyone may enter – just fill out an entry form at www.oxfordkineticsfestival.org.
An awards ceremony will follow the Scramble.

How-to Workshops
Northcutt has made his sculpture studio in Hiestand Hall available each Saturday morning in March for anyone interested in creating a self-powered “kinetic creation.”

It will be open 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. this Saturday, March 30. The sculpture studio is located on the ground floor of Hiestand.

Volunteer
Volunteers are needed to:
• Help set up the festival starting at 9 a.m.
• Help tear down the festival
• Help during the festival: Help with children’s activities, register Scramble entrants, sell T-shirts, run the karaoke machine and more.

To volunteer, please contact the organizers at OxfordKineticsFestival@gmail.com.

Participants in the 2012 Oxford Kinetics Festival (friendly dogs welcome too)
Participants in the 2012 Oxford Kinetics Festival (friendly dogs welcome too)

The festival is co-directed by Currie and Northcutt with organizational support from the artists of MAKETANK, a collaboration of artists and designers in Southwest Ohio.

It is sponsored by the Oxford Community Arts Center, the Miami University School of Creative Arts, Miami University Parents Fund, the Oxford Community Foundation and ArtsWave, with support from the Talawanda School District, the Oxford Visitors and Convention Bureau and the city of Oxford.

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