Portland State University students have found an original way to reach out to the local community. Inspired by the art of Alexander Calder, Sarah Wolf Newlands and her Freshman Inquiry class have partnered with students from the Childpeace Montessori School to put on a kinetic circus in the park blocks at PSU from 12 to 1 pm. In the event of rain the event will be held in the Multi-Cultural Center in Smith Memorial Student Union, on the second floor in Room 228. The event is free and open to the public.
The kinetic circus was one of the art projects pioneered by Alexander Calder in the 1920s. Throughout his life, Calder performed his own circus in many acts that moved and operated on mechanical principles using tools such as cams and cranks. In this spirit the fourth through sixth graders at Childpeace have been learning mechanical techniques alongside the PSU students from Ethan Ham, the resident expert on kinetic sculpture.
The intended finished product will act very much like a real circus, with different acts playing simultaneously in a show-like fashion. Thanks to a grant from the Center for Academic Excellence. We hope you will come down and see what these kids in our community are doing!