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About


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About


What is the
FrankenToyMobile?

Launched in June 2015, the FrankenToyMobile is a pedal-powered maker space that encourages imagination and curiosity by providing free, hands-on workshops where youth and adults reuse toys as raw material for original creations. By inviting youth to modify “junk” toys into objects that they feel express their identity and personality, we encourage them to experiment, challenge dominant ideas about gendered toys, and see the world as being full of possibility. To date, we have served over 1700 people through 20 workshops in public spaces around Chicago.

The FrankenToyMobile was created by artists Andrés Lemus-Spont, Marya Spont-Lemus, Louis Fernandez, and Michael Pecirno. Learn more about the team and other contributors.

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How It Works


 

Encouraging creativity, curiosity, and criticality

 

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How It Works


 

Encouraging creativity, curiosity, and criticality

 

How does it work?

Through our workshops, the FrankenToyMobile turns public spaces into opportunities for community-based creative experiences. Our custom-designed tricycle is a traveling studio with counter-style workspace, the mobility of which enables us to go to people, lowering barriers to access. At each FrankenToyMobile event, participants are provided with minimal directions: grab a tray, select toy parts, and decide what they want to make. A FrankenToy can be anything you imagine! Teen workshop facilitators support participants’ creative process as needed, teaching sewing and other fastening skills and serving as technical assistants to help make participants’ visions reality. 

Our project is as much about bringing people together to share creative experiences and discover new talents as it is about the toys that are made.

Learn more about why this work matters.

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Events


 

Make a
FrankenToy
with the
FrankenToyMobile

 

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Events


 

Make a
FrankenToy
with the
FrankenToyMobile

 

Where will the FrankenToyMobile be next?

June 2016

Saturday, June 7
5-7:30pm
Port Ministries - Community Open House
5013 S Hermitage Ave
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Saturday, June 18
12-2pm
University of Chicago Logan Center for the Arts
Logan Family Saturday: Science and Sound
915 E. 60th St
Event Details

Saturday, June 25
2-4pm
Chicago Park District
Night Out in the Parks*
Chopin Park
3420 N. Long Ave.
Event Details

 

Sunday, June 12
2:30-4:30pm
Rebuilding Exchange
1740 W. Webster Ave
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Friday, June 24
4-6pm
Latent Design, with Activate Chicago and Greater Englewood
Englewood Plaza
63rd and Green

 


July 2016

Wednesday, July 13
6-8pm
Chicago Park District
Night Out in the Parks*
Kelly Park
2725 W 41st St
Event Details

Saturday, July 16
1-3pm
Chicago Public Library
Summer Learning Challenge
Albany Park Library
3401 W. Foster Ave
Event Details

Saturday, July 23
1-3pm
Chicago Public Library
Summer Learning Challenge
Greater Grand Crossing Library
1000 E. 73rd St
Event Details

Friday, July 29
4-6pm
Latent Design, with Activate Chicago
Perez Plaza
4345 W 26th St

 

Sunday, July 10
2-4pm
Chicago Park District
Night Out in the Parks*
1805 N. Albany Ave
Event Details

Thursday, July 14
6-8pm
Chicago Park District
Night Out in the Parks*
McKinley Park
2210 W. Pershing Rd
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Wednesday, July 20
6:30-8:30pm
Chicago Park District
Night Out in the Parks*
Gage Park
2411 W. 55th St
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Wednesday, July 27
6-8pm
Chicago Park District
Night Out in the Parks*
Donovan Park
3620 S. Lituanica Ave.
Event Details

Saturday, July 30
1-3pm
Chicago Public Library
Summer Learning Challenge
McKinley Park Library
1915 W. 35th St.
Event Details


August 2016

Saturday, August 6
11-5pm
South Side Mini-Maker Faire
Ford City Mall
7601 S Cicero Ave
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Friday, August 26
4-6pm
Latent Design, with Activate Chicago
34th and Halsted

 

Thursday, August 11
6-7:30pm
Rebuild Foundation
St. Laurence Elementary School
Window Design Grand Unveiling
1355 E. 72nd St.
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September 2016

Friday, September 30
4-6 pm
Latent Design, with Activate Chicago
62nd & Ingleside

*This event is presented as part of the Chicago Park District’s Night Out in the Parks series... [more]

supported by Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Arts programming in neighborhoods across the city advances the goals of the Chicago Park District and the Chicago Cultural Plan. Now in its fourth year, the 2016 Night Out in the Parks series will host over 1,000 cultural events and programs at more than 250 neighborhood parks throughout the city, making community parks a safe haven and hubs of activity. Projects vary from traditional performances and concerts, to movies, peace rallies, community workshops, nature based programs, dance pieces, festivals, and more. The Chicago Park District has partnered with more than 120 arts and community organizations to expand and produce this successful initiative. www.nightoutintheparks.com

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Contact


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Get in touch!

We hope you join us at a workshop and share your own FrankenToy creations (#FrankenToy)!

Use the form below to:

  • Invite us to your community

  • Give your old toys a second life by donating them

  • Provide financial support to make more workshops happen

  • Get in touch for another reason

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