Monday, March 24, 2014

Neighborhood Bike Works 3/21/14

My name is Veronica Jones, the 40th Street AIR intern, and I made a visit to the Neighborhood Bike Works at 39th and Locust last Friday.  The kids are currently working on a kinetic bike sculpture.  I came in during snack time and this was conducive to some solid brainstorming. After snack time, the young artists were split up into groups.  These groups consisted of welding, electromagnet experimentation, and frame design.  I first made a visit to the welding group, the main take away here was that welding is awesome and thankfully the teacher has still got all his fingers.  Next, I made my way to the electromagnet experimentation station.  Here, I was introduced to some very strong magnets and informed by a lovely little girl that they are very bad to swallow. Finally, the frame design group was hard at work on the white board drawing out design possibilities. A charming young man told me the plan was to make a sculpture that is round, but not too round, and less than 7 feet wide. The space in which the students work is very organized and colorful, I can see why so many impressive ideas are extracted from the kids.  All in all, this program is stellar and I am very much looking forward to my next visit.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

New Twitter !

We have a new twitter page! Follow @40thStreetAIR

Friday, March 14, 2014

Now Accepting Applications for our 2014-2015 Residency!!!

Please visit for information on our policies and for an application. Applications are due on Monday May 19, 2014 at 11:59pm. The residency runs September 1, 2014-August 15, 2015.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Planning: Childhood Drawings Revisited by Brenna K. Murphy

Planning: Childhood Drawings Revisited by Brenna K. Murphy
March 8-29, 2014
Opening Reception: March 8, 5-8pm
AIRSPACE Gallery, 4007 Chestnut Street, 1st Floor

Here are a few photos of Brenna K. Murphy's installation of  hair paper on the corner of 40th and Chestnut. If you want to see more of Brenna's work, the opening reception for her show is at the 40th AIR Gallery tomorrow!

Monday, March 3, 2014

Kinetic Sculpture Derby Class at Neighborhood Bike Works: Learning the Tools!

Students learn about motion by building simple machine mobiles out of cardboard and rubber bands (and markers for flair!).
Bevan teaches the hand drill...
...while Lili instructs on the drill press (Safety goggles down!).
Students learning about non-verbal communication and building teamwork!
Sorting Skittles by color without words or sight! Challenging!
Classroom time!
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