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Welcome


FrankenToyMobile


 

Check out this charming article in Newcity  and see a workshop in action on YouTube!

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Welcome


FrankenToyMobile


 

Check out this charming article in Newcity  and see a workshop in action on YouTube!

Instagram   Facebook   Twitter

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Encouraging creativity


Encouraging creativity, curiosity, and criticality

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Encouraging creativity


Encouraging creativity, curiosity, and criticality

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 donated 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.

 

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Seeing possibility


Seeing possibility

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Seeing possibility


Seeing possibility

Through this project, we hope to help youth and adults see objects and the world as being full of possibility. 

We do this by creating moments of surprise, curiosity, joy, and learning, both through our vehicle’s presence and our activities. We also want to serve and honor our local communities in one of the most transformative ways we know—through art.

 

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People Powered


Powered by people

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People Powered


Powered by people

The team behind the FrankenToyMobile is an interdisciplinary group of creative professionals, who have individually and collaboratively spearheaded projects with similar values and approaches.

Andrés Lemus-Spont is a designer, fabricator, and teaching artist.
Marya Spont-Lemus is a community-based educator and artist. Both live and work on the south side of Chicago.
Louis Fernandez is an architect and former bicycle mechanic based in Brooklyn.
Michael Pecirno is an environmental and spatial designer based in London.

We also hire outstanding teens and young adults who we have previously taught or mentored, and who are often from the communities we serve, to help facilitate the workshops. 

In embarking on this project together, we posit our shared belief that designed objects and arts-based interventions can be as well as enable positive social acts, bridging boundaries that can prevent meaningful human connection.

In addition to the core team members, we have benefited from the generous support of many friends, colleagues, and fellow believers.

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Upcoming Events


Make a FrankenToy with the FrankenToyMobile!

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Upcoming Events


Make a FrankenToy with the FrankenToyMobile!

We will be back on the road in summer 2016, offering lots of free public workshops all around Chicago! 
Here's what we've done so far:

·      Wednesday, June 17, 2015– Chicago Park District’s Night Out in the Parks* @ Davis Square Park, 4430 S. Marshfield Ave. 

·      Saturday, July 11, 2015 – Chicago Park District’s Night Out in the Parks* @ Steelworkers Park, E. 87th at Lake Michigan

·      Saturday, July 18, 2015 – University of Chicago Arts + Public Life’s Community Block Party @ 301 E. Garfield Blvd.

·      Saturday, August 1, 2015 – Chicago Park District’s Night Out in the Parks* @ South Shore Cultural Center, 7059 S. South Shore Dr. 

·      Saturday, August 8, 2015 – Chicago Southside Mini Maker Faire (organized by LevelUP Makerspace and the Museum of Science and Industry) @ Ford City Mall, 7601 S. Cicero Ave.

·      Wednesday, August 19, 2015 – Chicago Park District’s Night Out in the Parks* @ McKinley Park, 2210 W. Pershing Rd.

·      Saturday, August 22, 2015 – University of Chicago’s Logan Family Festival @ Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St.

·      Friday, August 28, 2015 – Latent Design, with Activate Chicago and Greater Englewood CDC @ 63rd/Green

·      Saturday, September 5, 2015 – Rebuilding Exchange, 1740 W. Webster Ave.

·      Saturday, September 26, 2015 – Corner Gallery, 2912 N. Milwaukee Ave., as part of A Day in Avondale

·      Saturday, October 3, 2015 – Rebuild Foundation's "Night of Illumination: Opening Celebration" preview, as part of the Chicago Architecture Biennial @ Stony Island Arts Bank, 6760 S. Stony Island Ave.

·      Saturday, October 10, 2015 – Chicago Park District, as part of Chicago Artists Month @ Kucinski-Murphy Park, 1635 W. 33rd Pl.

·      Saturday, October 24, 2015 – Chicago Park District's "The Art of Play," as part of Chicago Artists Month @ North Park Nature Village Center, 5801 N. Pulaski Rd.

·     Monday, October 26, 2015 – Illinois Institute of Technology @ S. R. Crown Hall, 3360 S. State St., thanks to IIT's chapter of the American Institute of Architecture Students

·     Thursday, October 29, 2015 – Chicago Children's Museum's Tinkering Lab, as part of Target Free Family Night @ Navy Pier, 700 E. Grand Ave.

·     Friday, November 20, 2015 – Up All Night with Architecture, as part of the Chicago Architectural Biennial @ Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St.

·     Saturday, February 6, 2016 – STEAM Family Day, as part of Strandbeest: The Dream Machines of Theo Jansen @ Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St.

·     Saturday, February 13, 2016 – Family Day: (Extra)ordinary @ Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, 220 E Chicago Ave.

* This program is presented as part of the Chicago Park District’s Night Out in the Parks with the support of Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Arts programming in neighborhoods across the city advances the goals of the Chicago Park District and the Chicago Cultural Plan. www.nightoutintheparks.com

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Make with Us


Participate!

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Make with Us


Participate!

We hope you join us at a workshop, share your own FrankenToy creations (#FrankenToy), or: