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Yahara River Projects

Coming this summer: Lapham Buildementary Outdoor Sculptures by Kids

Lapham Buildementary is a twelve-week after school club for 20 first and second grade students. It's free for the Lapham Elementary students, thanks to a ton of support from the city and the community. 

The kids have been busy this spring learning the who, what, and how of public art and sculpture. They have also begun plotting their own large, 3-dimensional pieces to build. This kid-made art will be installed in the parkway along the Yahara River this summer, June-August 2017.

The artist-in-residence is Amy Mietzel, a former elementary-school art teacher who now teaches a full range of courses for adults and kids from her funky little space on Winnebago Avenue called Bare Knuckles Arts. 

Join us at Bare Knuckle Arts to get a sneak peak of a series of sculptures designed by the Lapham Buildementary Sculpture Club on Friday, May 5th during Gallery Night, 5-9pm!

Learn more about the project here. The idea for Latham Buildementary grew out of an earlier art installation along the river...

Reflections from the Banks of the Yahara River,
a public art exhibition during the summer of 2014.

The signs point the way, and they are what remain of a temporary art installation that was organized by myself and my friend Helen Sarakinos in 2014.

I'm very proud of the project. We put out a call for submissions, not knowing what we'd get. What came in were amazing ideas from local artists, ways to beautifully celebrate the geography of our landscape, the history of the watershed, and the culture of the neighborhood.

Please take a moment to visit, or revisit, this temporary installation along the banks of the Yahara River!

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