Explore Plano 2017 Featured Challenge: 18st AIRSpace

What is Explore Plano?

Explore Plano is the City of Plano’s exclusive checklist of the coolest things going on across Plano during Summer ‘17. At each stop, there will be a photo challenge that leads to the opportunity to win prizes. Explore Plano runs June 1-August 31. At the Explore Plano website, all of the challenges are listed out by month, and most of the challenges are completely free!

This Week’s Featured #ExplorePlano Challenge:

Ready to embrace your creative side? Harrington Library has transformed into Plano’s own public art school with its 18st AIRSpace artist-in-residence workshops. So far, students have learned to weave on a loom, hand-stitch books, create indie artist trading cards and more from different local artists. The #ExplorePlano challenge on July 8 will feature a free, artist-led class on Scratch Art.

Artist Rae Pleasant leading a workshop // photos courtesy Beth Morgan, Plano Public Library

18st AIRSpace provides a space for local artists to both exhibit their work and teach their craft. The featured artists rotate on a bi-monthly basis. The goal of the make-and-take workshops is to create art you can take home. For the Scratch Art workshop, led by artist Brenda McKinney, attendees will create dazzling works of art with only art supplies, CDs (yup, compact discs still exist!) and a wild imagination. The workshops are completely free for all ages and are built so that you can participate on your own skill level.

An 18st AIRSpace workshop making Accordion Folded Albums

The 18st AIRSpace program was created out of a desire to add an interactive aspect to downtown Plano’s growing art scene. Whether you’re looking to check out the best of local art or to create your own, Plano’s Harrington Library has you covered with workshops throughout the year.

How to Win Cool Stuff:

  • Take a pic of your own Scratch Art masterpiece and post to Instagram, Facebook or Twitter
  • Be sure to use the hashtag #ExplorePlano and #ArtPlano
  • The City of Plano will draw a winner (almost) every week, based on who uses the hashtag
  • Winners will receive a mystery prize pack (which may include any of the following: theatre tickets, pool passes, recreation center passes, gift cards and more!)

Did You Know?

  • The City of Plano has five public libraries.
  • Haggard Library houses its own Genealogy Center, open to the public.
  • Each library location hosts free events and free classes for all age groups on a variety of subjects including languages, technology, graphic design, science – they sometimes have real live animals! See all classes here.

Our Very Own Fine Artist:

Brenda McKinney, June/July 18st AIRSpace artist-in-residence

Brenda McKinney is the 18st AIRSpace artist-in-residence for June and July. Her work ranges from painting to fiber to small sculptural artworks. Brenda’s work has been exhibited in the U.S. and abroad from Canada to Sweden to Italy. She is an active art advocate and is currently the Discovery Gallery curator at Texas Discovery Garden.

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