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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 2700 people through more than 40 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?

2017 dates coming soon!

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Contact


Go for it!

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Contact


Go for it!

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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