Fostering a child’s creativity is just as important as continuing their education and keeping up-to-date with their health. spark! Mesa’s Festival of Creativity, provides a completely immersive environment that champions the work of local creatives and inspires creativity within every visitor.
The event takes place at the Mesa Arts Center Friday, March 18th and Saturday, March 19th from noon to 10pm.
The event showcases a wide variety of musical performances from local and regional artists including country, rock, latin, blues, and jazz. However, the centerpieces of the event are the collaborative art pieces that allow visitors to flex their creative muscles.
Past year’s highlights include:
The Austin Bike Zoo
Why visit the zoo when you can become the zoo? The Austin Bike Zoo is an exhibition that travels the country featuring anthropomorphic bicycles that look like various animals and insects. Last year the event featured a massive rattlesnake powered by over 5 bicycles. This is perfect for teaching children about teamwork in a fun and exciting setting.
Carpetbag Brigade Physical Theater
Trained actors, clowns and theater professionals will be canvassing the event in various wheeled contraptions and stilts. This team shows that theater doesn’t need to happen on stage, in fact as Shakespeare once said, “The World’s a Stage”
Collaborative Art Pieces
The main focus of spark! is to get children and parents excited about the creative arts. To this end, spark! features a wide variety of art pieces that combine technology, teamwork and originality to create unique art experiences. Several exhibitions last year including “Sandboxes of Life,” “Water Light Graffiti” and “In Dark Waters” encouraged visitors to get their hands dirty and interact with the art. Expect to see more of the same in 2016.
Entry to the event is free with the exception of ticketed performs in the MAC theaters. Additionally, the festival will provide local food options that exemplify creativity in the culinary arts.