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Art120 Youth Summer Camp

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Can four bikes move a community forward? That’s exactly what happened at Glass Street’s first ever art bike camps. For the first two weeks of July, Art120 led campers in cutting, welding and painting scrap metal and spare parts to fashion some of the most innovative bikes on the road.

The first week was dedicated to adults 18 and over, followed by campers aged 10 to 15 the second week. In just one week they brainstormed, designed and welded their mobile sculptures, with the youth camp working in teams to produce three bikes total.

When done, they morphed bicycles into a 7-foot elephant, a mobile basketball court and a swing set on wheels. They also learned how to present their ideas to a group and safely use power tools. Besides several local news segments and bike parades, the youth camp will participate in Atlanta’s Mini Maker Faire, presenting their bikes to more than 7,000 people.

After witnessing the results, no one can argue – the possibilities are endless when you engage the creative forces of Glass Street.

Outcomes:
4 Art Bikes coompleted to display during community events
11 kids learned how to present their ideas to a group and safely use power tools
3 adults participated in the first week and mentored during the second week

Media:

The Chattanoogan.com
Nooga.com
News Ch 9
Blog post from ART120′s website can be viewed here.
Facebook Photo album can be viewed here.

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