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March 26, 2017, Sunday - Solar Artists Workshop at The Soap Factory


Time: 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM CDT

Location: The Soap Factory, 514 Second Street SE

Solar Artists Workshop

Can your art project be solar powered?

Solar power can give you greater mobility within urban and rural landscapes, providing you with the facility to explore new aesthetic spaces for Placemaking, temporary or mobile installations, and community outreach. A solar powered art project not only reduces your carbon footprint, it encourages dialog about art, energy consumption, and Climate Change within the community.

The Solar Artists Workshop is free, supported by a grant from the Institute on the Environment. The workshop will focus on photovoltaics (solar panels), with brief examples of other forms such as solar thermal, solar cooking, and passive solar. All disciplines, age 18+, all experience levels, welcomed and encouraged.

In this hands-on workshop you will:

  • Learn how to read a multimeter
  • Experience the variables of solar power by going on a solar scavenger hunt
  • Power small electronics with photovoltaics
  • Learn how to calculate loads using Ohm’s law
  • Listen to and see examples from artists, K-12 educators, and an expert from Midwest Renewable Energy Association
  • Receive printouts and links to the slideshow, agenda, contacts, and resources
  • Be provided with lunch, coffee, and water

The Solar Artists workshop will provide practical resources for artists to use solar power in their work, so they can open up new aesthetic spaces within urban and rural landscapes with limited or no access to power. An immediate application of the content can be applied to projects selected for the Northern Spark all night festival, Climate Chaos/Climate Rising in June of 2017.

If it’s sunny, there will be a bonus performance by Tim Donahue and his mobile music stage!

Limited seats available. Reserve yours now!