Welcome to ArtReach Project #18
The Kaleidoscope Project
Summer 2018

The Kaleidoscope 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 they traveled:

  • Folks found the Kaleidoscope Project each week at Stransky Park during the KZUM Stransky Park Concert Series from May 24-Aug 9th, 2018.
  • When the Kaleidoscopes weren't traveling, they rested in our community creative space at Gateway Mall for people to play with.
  • LES Sustainability Fair on July 28th, 2018
  • F St Rec Center Nat'l Night Out on Aug 7th, 2018
  • Lincoln Play Day at Woods Park on Aug 8th, 2018
  • Folk & Roots Festival August 25th, 2018
  • Art in the Garden September 15th, 2018
  • Lincoln Arts Festival September 22nd, 2018
  • KZUM Arts & Culture Festival September 29th, 2018
  • SAC Museum Makers Market November 17th, 2018

Four kaleidoscopes were created by kids attending four week-long summer camps with The ArtReach Project, one of which was an outreach partnership with The Malone Center, sponsored by LES. The kaleidoscopes intrigued imaginations all over the city, all summer long as hundreds of people played, interacted and learned about them. Science and art came together on this project for a really big win! All were amazed as well as amused. See the full album on Facebook here.