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TweetHaus: Building Community Through Public Art

idea by tweethaus

Website

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http://fluxfoundation.org/community-education/tweethaus/

Overview of Idea

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TweetHaus, a collaboration with FLUX Foundation and community partners, is a public art + ecology project focused on citizen science and interactive learning. We foster community through the design, construction and installation of artful bird habitats and public pathways in urban environments.

The Specifics: What will the $5,000 fund?

Funding will allow us to build on the success of last year's pilot program in Oakland, CA - fulfilling our mission to create a new generation of makers, public artists, and citizen scientists in this year's planned collaborations with elementary school students, local cities' Department of Parks and Recreation, and expansion to more schools, parks, and museums. Integral to this process and funding are the creation of our interactive website, mobile app, and remote birdhouse monitoring devices, which will enable the project to create a virtual community that draws participants into the local natural world. Funding will help procure class materials, markers, paper, paint, wood, hardware, tools, electrical equipment, and happy kids!

Discussion
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I photographed the pilot program birdhouses and was BLOWN away by the creativity, depth of knowledge and innovation afforded the kids in the program.
Bravo Tweethaus, Bravo!

by Mimicake
almost 2 years ago | Reply

Great idea! Yay for birdies!

by BrightJulie
about 2 years ago | Reply

There are many things to love about this project, but what really speaks to me is the level of thought and care the project organizers have put into developing this creative idea. They're weaving in local Oakland talent and innovation, including students, artists, educators, Parks and Rec experts, technology organizations, naturalists, scientists, makers, and beyond. Now more than ever, we need this kind of approach to catalyze the wellspring of talent and positive energy we have here in the city of Oakland.

by rhymes with saucer
about 2 years ago | Reply

There are many things to love about this project, but what really speaks to me is the level of thought and care the project organizers have put into developing this creative idea. They're weaving in local Oakland talent and innovation, including students, artists, educators, Parks and Rec experts, technology organizations, naturalists, scientists, makers, and beyond. Now more than ever, we need this kind of approach to catalyze the wellspring of talent and positive energy we have here in the city of Oakland.

by rhymes with saucer
about 2 years ago | Reply

This is a fabulous concept that connects kids to environmental issues in concrete ways, to one another, and to their own power as creators and caretakers.

by slbernstein
about 2 years ago | Reply

This is a fabulous concept that connects kids to environmental issues in concrete ways, to one another, and to their own power as creators and caretakers.

by slbernstein
about 2 years ago | Reply

I would have LOVED to do this when I was a kid! Such a great project!

by alicelight
about 2 years ago | Reply

You have my vote! This is such a wonderful idea!

by nicole.bratt
about 2 years ago | Reply

Fantastic idea, which will create an amazing chance for the kids of today to be come the artists of tomorrow. Great job

by jonnypboy
about 2 years ago | Reply

During the pilot program, Oakland Parks & Rec LOVED the idea so much, they expedited approval to allow us to install two birdhouses at Mosswood Park. And now they want us to work in lots more parks in Oakland! We're thrilled to be integrating into the urban environment of our favorite city!

by catiemagee
about 2 years ago | Reply

Really amazing idea. And over the past 2 years I've personally seen the Flux Foundation come up with amazing art and design, get community involved, and execute against timelines and budgets. It's pretty rare to see an artistic group with strengths in all these areas!

by margaret_r_monroe@yahoo.com
about 2 years ago | Reply

Neat project. Great to have the kids involved early in the world around them. Auntie

by krisfg
about 2 years ago | Reply

Very impressive. I'm assuming the program could be modified for other birds in other areas of the country/world? Awesome.

by heyjenjackson
about 2 years ago | Reply

Yes! TweetHaus is an open source project. That our modular and flexible curriculum can reproduced in other communities and with other threatened species is a long-term goal that will serve to expand awareness of the diverse needs of the animal and plants that share our not-only-human world. It is our hope that TweetHaus can be implemented by people around the country, making this kind of public art + ecology collaboration accessible to everyone!

by Blakeslee
about 2 years ago | Reply

Lets help this fledgling flock of young makers grow, tweet, tweet!

by Lizzzadeth
about 2 years ago | Reply

Such a fantastic project with very dedicated volunteers. Go TweetHaus!

by ahurst
about 2 years ago | Reply

Brilliant Idea, everyone involved wins!

by bruna.burns.5
about 2 years ago | Reply

So wonderful seeing kids empowered to design and build! And birds have homes!

by Blakeslee
about 2 years ago | Reply

This is SO neat! Kids getting exposed to this kind of art and technology earlier on is much needed...especially with budgets in the arts getting cut more and more. Looking forward to seeing the communities mapped and more cities involved.

by emarley
about 2 years ago | Reply

Such an amazing project.

by jesshobbs
about 2 years ago | Reply

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$5,000
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Submission Began
Wednesday, July 11

Submission Ended
Wednesday, August 08
at 12:00 PM PDT

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Voting Began
Thursday, August 09

Voting Ended
Thursday, August 23
at 12:00 PM PDT

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Winner Announced
Thursday, August 23

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