For the past 20 years, the Re Use People have been the vanguard of the upcycling trend – working with builders and contractors to deconstruct rather than demolish, so that materials can find new life in other structures. Since their start, they have saved about 300,000 tons from landfills.
The Leonardo hosts an interactive, exploratory workshop space called the Tinkering Garage, which gives young visitors an opportunity to develop creative and problem solving skills through building, engineering, and tinkering. Many of the projects in the garage are furnished with materials supplied by their UpCycle re-use project.
The new exhibit at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts is an interactive Drawing Lab, which gives visitors the opportunity to experiment with different forms of mark making. Building from the idea that drawing is a fundamental human instinct of expression, the Lab considers the formal and informal ways we follow that instinct.
Drawing Lab is open through August 25
Ana Prvacki is a Serbian-born artist whose work focused on etiquette and social codes is featured in an exhibit currently at UMOCA. In addition to sculptures, and etiquette PSA film pieces, the display of her work includes a weekly embroidery club, where participants can engage in the tradition of sewing circle cultural politics.