Welcome to ArtReach Project #18
The Kaleidoscope Project
Summer 2018

Our newest community art project is proudly sponsored by Lincoln Parks & Rec and Lincoln Electric System.

In the early 1800's, scientists were exploring the concepts of light and optics. They made devices known as "philosophical toys" that not only shared scientific advances but...entertained people as well.

In 1816, a Scotsman named Dr. David Brewster arranged mirrors and objects in a tube and called it a kaleidoscope. The advantage created by this device that it could be used by designers and artists who could find inspiration in the beautiful patterns it created. Brewster patented his invention in 1817.

Now a mere 200 years later, The ArtReach Project would once again like to infuse the masses with this form of scientific creativity using the old "device" fondly known as the kaleidoscope. Both artistic and scientific, it amuses the eyes and entertains the mind with the slightest movement in the mirrors.

Where you'll find it:

  • You can interact with the Kaleidoscope Project in the community each week at Stransky Park during the KZUM Stransky Park Concert Series. Join us each Thursday from May 24-Aug 9 from 7-9 for free art, free music and a different food vendor on site each week!
  • In our community creative space at Gateway Mall. When the Kaleidoscopes aren't traveling, they will be resting in our studio for you to come play with!
  • LES Sustainability Fair on July 28th from 9am-noon
  • F St Rec Center Nat'l Night Out on Aug 7th from 5-6:30pm
  • Lincoln Play Day at Woods Park on Aug 8 from 5-7pm
  • Folk & Roots Festival August 25th
  • Art in the Garden September 15th from 11am-7pm
  • Lincoln Arts Festival Saturday September 22nd from 10-6pm
Register for a Kaleidoscope Summer Camp