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2016 Oxford Kinetics Festival


We will celebrate all things kinetic at Millett Hall in 

Oxford, OH from Noon - 5:00 PM on Sunday, April 17th 2016!  

This year's theme is Circus Fracas. It will be a unique combination of creative making, circus arts, science, kinetic contraptionism, and  competitions. 

It's going to be awesome!

Once again there will be tons of workshops the days and weeks before the festival so stay tuned and check back often!  

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2016 Oxford Kinetics Festival


We will celebrate all things kinetic at Millett Hall in 

Oxford, OH from Noon - 5:00 PM on Sunday, April 17th 2016!  

This year's theme is Circus Fracas. It will be a unique combination of creative making, circus arts, science, kinetic contraptionism, and  competitions. 

It's going to be awesome!

Once again there will be tons of workshops the days and weeks before the festival so stay tuned and check back often!  

Our 2016 poster by the always amazing Tom Duvall of Wire & Twine.

Our 2016 poster by the always amazing Tom Duvall of Wire & Twine.

IT's going to be AMAZING!

THE SCRAMBLE

The Scramble is part parade, part race, part obstacle course and all fun. Participants will self-power their mobile creations along a course which circles and criss-crosses itself. You will also need to be able to pilot your contraption effectively enough to avoid other moving contraptions.

Who participates?  Anyone under the age of 18 or family teams. Entries range from pedal powered hovercrafts to your brother’s razor scooter decorated with water wings, from monster bicycles to giant puppets on stilts. Think welding, papier mache, face paint, foam rubber, cake and biscuits, rubber bands, and flubber. Go for it! Find registration information on the race page.

As always there will be a bike decorating station at the festival for last minute upgrades to your ride, but why not take advantage of the making workshops held in March and April to make a truly original entry.  Learn more on the workshop page.

THE DOGS' BREAKFAST

For racers and kinetics artists 16 and over, The Dog's Breakfast!!  This is a scavenger hunt of a race sending you on a quest around the Millett grounds.  The Dog's Breakfast will begin at 12:30 on Sunday but you must pre-register on the race page. Sign-in starts at 12:00.

Workshops

2016 will feature awesome workshops prior to the festival.  Check out the workshop page to see the selection and reserve you space soon.  

Luigi Bullooney's circus menagerie

Regional artist Jesse Mooney Bullock will perform his show, "Luigi Bullooney's Circus Menagerie" at this year's festival.  Jesse's work combines art and engineering and performance in a way that we love. Learn more about Jesse and his amazing hand-carved puppets at his website jessemooneybullock.com. Jesse will be available after the show to discuss his work.

ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS AND ADULTS, 12 - 5 PM

Come check out all the awesome STEAM (STEM + Art), art, science, and just amazing activities going on throughout the day. There will be music, puppets, performances of all description.  Stilt bars, side show freaks, fender blenders and whirlygigs.

Happen Inc. will be on the scene with amazing toy ideas for you to create and enjoy.Try your hand at modifying and launching an air powered rocket made from re-purposed soda bottles.  See if you can get your rocket to go higher than your friends’. Try to wrap your brain around what Rube Goldberg is all about and use our stuff to build and explore nonsense contraptions for the day.



Explore some videos/photos from past events:

a celebration of people powered propulsion

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Support


Thanks to all the individuals and groups whose support
makes the Oxford Kinetics Festival possible

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Support


Thanks to all the individuals and groups whose support
makes the Oxford Kinetics Festival possible

Thank you!

We are delighted to be partners in this effort with the Oxford Community Arts Centerwww.oxarts.org. They work tirelessly to promote the arts and offer a permanent home for the arts in the Oxford community.

Artswave has again given a generous project grant to support the 2015 Oxford Kinetics Festival.  We are proud to have their support for our projects and so grateful to the many donors who give to Artswave each year.

Thanks to the Oxford Community Foundation for their generous grant in support of the 2011, 2013, 2014, and 2015 festivals as they continue to strive to improve the quality of life in the Oxford community. www.oxfordfdn.org 

The Miami University Family Fund (formerly the MU Parents Fund) has supported the programming at the festival that involves Miami students and the community generously for the past three years.  Thank you!

A quick shout-out and a big thank you to the Miami-Talawanda Partnership. Your support for the 2014 and 2015 festivals has been awesome!  

We are forever in the debt of the awesome folks at Wire and Twine for creating the graphics for the festival. We asked for ideas for a poster and got so much more, including our amazing t-shirts. Thanks for making us look so good, Tom. www.wireandtwine.com

We are excited to welcome Happen Inc. once again to the 2015 festival by bringing numerous fun, educational and creativity inspiring activities to Oxford for the day.  Happen brings so many of the wonderful activities we have for kids each year. You can learn more about their many exciting projects and see examples from past Toy Lab participants at www.happeninc.org and www.happeninc.org/toylab .

Thank you to Duke Energy Retail for their financial support of the 2011 festival. We appreciate their continued interest in our community. www.retail.duke-energy.com

A clumsily worded note of appreciation to Sean Krause for his copy writing gymnastics on our behalf. Fighting Words, Inc

Thank you to K’NEX for their donation to the 2011 festival. They generously supplied us with a large number of their Robo-Battlers and Moto-Bot sets, motorized sets that kids will be able to build and race at the festival.www.knex.com

Thanks to the Butler County Rural Electric Cooperative Community Connections program for a grant in support of the making workshops that take place every Saturday in March leading up to the festival.  These workshops allow members of the community to get building and design help from artists, mechanics, and manufacturers.  Thanks for being there for the community BCREC!

We received a generous award from the Efroymson Family Fund for promotion of the 2014 festival.  Thank you for supporting cultural tourism in the midwest and the arts in Indiana and beyond!

Our deep thanks also go out to the city of Oxford for allowing us to use the Uptown parks in 2011 and for closing the street around the parks to enhance the safety and freedom of movement of the participants throughout the event, as well as closing a portion of High St. for the scramble. www.cityofoxford.org

In 2014 we received a project grant from the Ohio Arts Council.  This grant was made possible with funds from the National Endowment for the Arts.  We are so thankful that such organizations exist to promote the arts in our communities and grateful for their support of the Oxford Kinetics Festival.