TEACHERS AND YOUTH ORGANIZATIONS: MAKE A PROJECT
(c) 2010 Jimm Meloy, C&C Mini-Golf FIGMENT 2010 – Slideshow
- Students brainstorm ideas, compromise, plan, design, execute, delegate, build, and take pride in a large art project
- Students take leadership roles and experience responsibility for different aspects of the project
- Potential for community involvement through school staff and student’s families
- Get your message out (environmentalism, recycling, social impact)
Where do I start?
- Think about kids you’d like to work with and choose a project that they can design, or a performance that they can carry out for the 2012 FIGMENT Weekend, or go through the 2012 possible projects (minigolf hole, sculpture) and choose one together. Remember that you need to have access to and time with these kids from now until June to complete your project.
- Brainstorm with the kids how to design the project or visualize the performance.
- Submit a proposal of your idea through the website. Not to worry, it is OK if you haven’t figured it all out. We are here to help you through the process. You may submit an incomplete project.
Submit your project for FIGMENT NYC 2012 Weekend here. Submission starts: February 1, 2012.
Youth-friendly projects in the past have included things like:
- ReCycled Cityscape by PS28Q, the first NYC elementary school to participate in a class project for FIGMENT. In ReCycled Cityscape, Sandy Feirman’s 2nd grade students painted recycled plastic bottles and pretended each bottle was a city building. Other FIGMENT attendees were encouraged to play with the bottles and “build” their own cityscapes. “It is a lot of work for a busy teacher, but WORTH it! My students were overjoyed to see their work out in public.”
- Minigolf hole “The Golf between us is Small” by City & Country School. C&C built a minigolf hole in 2010 with a Scotland/Loch Ness monster theme. They had 168 people from the school community help to design and build their hole during “Glue It, Build It, Paint It” workshops after school and on the weekends. Their minigolf hole was played by over 200,000 people from June through October 2010. “It was a real community builder,” says Jimm Meloy, parent volunteer from C & C.
- Chalk mural on the pavement.
- A garden of giant mushrooms and flowers for people to walk through.
What can I expect?
The time you put into your creation for FIGMENT is totally up to you. Painting bottles, for example, might take a few hours while creating a more involved, interactive sculpture could take many people weeks of effort.
Installation of a project
In the past all participants have been able to bring things to Governors Island the week preceding FIGMENT. The Saturday morning that opens FIGMENT can also be practical if your installation set-up isn’t too involved.
Though it can be arranged, it is not easy to get a car onto the island. Projects that can be transported by a person or group of people are definitely preferred.
De-installation of a project
FIGMENT is a Leave No Trace event! Whenever possible we work to ensure that there is no evidence of the event Monday morning.
We encourage people to de-install Sunday afternoon, so all visitors get a chance to enjoy your creation.
When that is not practical, de-installation can occur during business hours the week after FIGMENT or the last day you/your group will be at FIGMENT.
Who will help me?
NYCchildren@figmentproject.org will be your initial contact and will work with you to develop your idea. You may then be introduced to another curator who can help assist your specific project. You will not be alone in this process. A curator will work with you to ensure your idea is feasible and your specific needs and questions are addressed.
Submit a project for FIGMENT Weekend 2012. Submissions open February 1, 2012.