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​8 Great Reasons to Roll on over to the Papio Kinetic Sculpture & Art Bike Parade
April 25, 2018 
The third annual Papio Kinetic Sculpture & Art Bike Parade, part of a three-day tribute to late Key Largo rebel folk artist Stanley Papio, is set to launch from the Custom House Museum at 5:00pm, Saturday, May 5. Whether you chose to spectate or create your own kinetic sculpture float or art bike, here are 8 great reasons you should roll yourselves there!
 
1.IT’S FAMILY-FRIENDLY, art-inspired, human-powered fun! Think art with parts that move. 
 
2.A CHANCE TO RECYCLE YOUR JUNK WITH YOUR OWN SPECIAL FUNK. Excellent excuse for dumpster diving adventures and recycling your Fantasy Fest costumes and accouterments is just plain brilliant.
 
3.YOU CAN FLAUNT YOUR REBEL SPIRIT! No need to be the next Stanley Papio or Theo Jansen to make your own Kinetic Art Sculpture Float or Art Bike—some creative inclination mixed with a dash of kinetic savvy will do. The only requirement is that they are physically moved by you (and/or a teammate(s)). 
 
4.YOUR CONCH CRUISER COULD USE SOME LOVE. Dress up the wheels you’ve got, register your Art Bike and call yourself parade-ready!
 
5.YET ANOTHER REASON TO WEAR A TUTU! And where else are you going to wear that hat?
 
6.YOU CAN GO BAREFOOT AND REWARD YOUR RECYCLING INGENUITY WITH BEER….just like Stanley Papio!
 
7.THERE WILL BE AWARDS! MUSIC! AND DANCING! As the Parade ends, a family-friendly festival and Poi Dog Pondering concert begins at the Truman Waterfront Amphitheater – and admission is FREE for parade registrants!
 
8.IT’S NOT TOO LATE TO REGISTER! $25 for Kinetic Sculpture Teams; $15 for Art Bikes; no charge for KWAHS members (all details, inspiration, and ideas at papiokineticparade.com). All registered participants get FREE admission to a fabulous, ticketed, post-parade festival and concert at the Truman Waterfront Amphitheater!
 
Here’s the schedule low-down on the roll-down:
 
FRIDAY, MAY 4:  EVENT KICK-OFF WITH AN EXPERT and HAPPY HOUR PARTY.
6:00pm – 7:00pm:  Free presentation with Distinguished Speaker Series guest & Kinetic Expert Steve King at the Custom House Museum, 281 Front Street (register now at kwahs.org/events).
7:00pm – 8:00pm:  Papio Porch Sunset Happy Hour on the Custom House veranda with beer & wine cash bar.
 
SATURDAY, MAY 5: PARADE DAY/ FESTIVAL NIGHT
3:00pm – 5:00pm:  Parade line-up and festivities adjacent to the Custom House Museum.
5:00pm -  6:00pm:  Parade kicks off in front of Custom House Museum, rolls down Duval Street, then turns onto Southard Street to the Truman Waterfront Park Amphitheater. (Gates open at 5:00pm for those with tickets who want to watch the parade roll in). 
5:30pm – 9:00pm:  Post-parade Festival, with feasting, dancing, and fun for all ages.
5:30pm: Music and dancing with DJ Untamed Shane.
6:15pm – 6:30pm:  Parade Awards Ceremony.
7:30pm – 9:00pm:  Post-parade Festival Concert by Poi Dog Pondering.
 
SUNDAY, MAY 6: EXPLORE THE EXHIBITION
9:30am-4:30pm:  Free entrance to Fort East Martello Museum, home of the “Stanley Papio: Junkyard Rebel” exhibit.
 
Presented by Key West Art & Historical Society and co-produced by Wonderdog Studios, visit PapioKineticParade.com for more information; kwahs.org/events to register for or purchase event tickets.
 
Sponsored in part by the Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Council of the Arts and Culture, and the State of Florida. Additional “Papio’s Pals” support provided by the Monroe County Tourist Development Council, Helmerich Trust, Historic Tours of America, Margaritaville Key West Resort & Marina, Pirate Radio, The Peace Store, Jimmy Lane Real Estate Team, Premier Painting, All Keys Insulation, Camping Florida Keys, Sam Kaufman Law Firm, Papa’s Pilar, Shipyard Brewing Co, Islamorada Brewing Co and South Beach Brewing Co, Tiki House Key West, and Blu on White Vacation Rentals.  Your Museums.  Your Community.  It takes an Island.
 
Papio post-parade festival and concert stars eclectic, eccentric, and over-the-top musical fun with world-renowned band Poi Dog Pondering ​
​April 18, 2018 - (Key West, FL)
 
Internationally acclaimed band Poi Dog Pondering is set to make post-parade waves on stage at the Truman Waterfront Amphitheater on Saturday, May 5 during an 90-minute concert – the icing on the cake of apost-Papio Kinetic Sculpture Parade festival presented by Key West Art & Historical Society and co-produced by Wonderdog Studios. The family-friendly festival and concert are part of a three-day, May 4-6 tribute to pioneering folk artist Stanley Papio, and a celebration of the creativity and rebel spirit of the Florida Keys.
 
Who better to musically embody that creative, rebel spirit than Poi Dog Pondering?  Even if you’ve never heard them, you won’t want to miss out on the fun.  The band’s multicultural lineup has entertained crowds with their varied instrumentation, easygoing humor, and offbeat fusions of folk-rock and world music for over three decades, garnering them critical acclaim and a devoted cult-like following. Their continued eclectic, authentic approach to music lets them flow where the sound takes them, ready to experiment and play while they play and perform, making soul-buoyant music with a cross-pollination of diverse musical genres for the artistic curiosity and devotional joy of it. 
 
“I think it’s more unnatural for a band to have only one sound, especially if you have a lot of people in the band, like we do with 8 to up to 15 people, that include 4 extra singers, strings, and horns,” says Poi Dog Pondering founding member Frank Orrell. “When you’ve been a band for as long as we have, and with all these people, there are a lot of musical influences come through you.  And there are a lot of eras to the band—we’ve played in nightclubs, streets, discos. That makes the sound really lasting.”
 
Poi Dog’s Key West band line-up features vocalist and guitarist Orrall, violinist and vocalist Susan Voelz, trumpet and accordion player Dave Max Crawford, drummer and percussionist El John Nelson, guitarist and bassist Ted Cho, and vocalist Charlette Wortham, most of them members since the band’s early beginnings. Together they’ll create the perfect alchemy of orchestral strings, live brass, club-friendly grooves, soulful vocals and shimmering electronic textures to inspire an infectious, electric dance party. 
 
“I love creating music because it’s like you’re playing with magic. You don’t always know what you’re going to make,” says Orrall.  “Then taking it to the stage, that’s a whole other beautiful thing.  Your intention is to get inside the music, and you’re looking for magic to happen. The band pushes you to find synergy on stage. That’s what it’s about.” 
 
The ticketed festival at the Truman Waterfront Amphitheater starts at 5:30pm (gates open at 5:00pm) with Poi Dog Pondering taking the stage at 7:30pm and also features an awards ceremony for winning Papio Parade entries, some of the area’s favorite food trucks for feasting, refreshing libations, popular DJ Untamed Shane, a rockin’ kid’s zone with face-painting, inflatable giant slide, giant blocks for creative constructing, and recycled art workshop with Gabriela Guerrero Tapia. 
 
Tickets are available at Kwahs.org (click “tickets”) and are $25 for adult general admission; free general admission for youth and children 17 and under (general admission is “picnic” style seating, i.e., BYO seats and blankets to sit on). VIP tickets are $75 and include access to a private, tented VIP “lounge” and bar, an exclusive front row section with seating, two drink tickets, an autographed Poi Dog Pondering poster and two passes to Fort East Martello Museum, where the Stanley Papio exhibit is featured.  Parade entrants get free festival entry. Parade watchers are invited to bring chairs and blankets to the ticketed festival and enjoy the wildly imaginative floats and art bikes as they roll onto the Amphitheater grounds for the 5:00 parade. 
 
Sponsored in part by the Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Council of the Arts and Culture, and the State of Florida. Additional “Papio’s Pals” support provided by the Monroe County Tourist Development Council, Helmerich Trust, Historic Tours of America, Margaritaville Key West Resort & Marina, Pirate Radio, The Peace Store, Jimmy Lane Real Estate Team, Premier Painting, All Keys Insulation, Camping Florida Keys, Sam Kaufman Law Firm, Papa’s Pilar,Shipyard Brewing Co, Islamorada Brewing Co and South Beach Brewing Co, Tiki House Key West, and Blu on White Vacation Rentals.  Your Museums.  Your Community.  It takes an Island.
​Time to dance, create and celebrate! The third annual Papio Kinetic Sculpture and Art Bike Parade on May 5 culminates with a ticketed “Cinco de Papio Family-Friendly Party” and festival and Poi Dog Pondering concert at the newly opened Truman Waterfront Amphitheater. For details on a full weekend of hot kinetic happenings – all in tribute to Florida Keys rebel artist Stanley Papio, visit papiokineticparade.com.
Getting Ready for the Parade: Sparks fly as Ryan Saca, left, and Cody White begin the process of creating their team’s entry, “From Death Comes Life,” for the upcoming Papio Kinetic Sculpture and Art Bike Parade, a three-day celebration of art bikes and human-powered moving sculpture set for May 4-6, 2018. Presented by Key West Art & Historical Society and co-produced by Wonderdog Studios, the parade is inspired by and named for the late Keys artist Stanley Papio, a humorous rebel metal-artist who explored the value of recycled materials long before it was hip to be rusty. Registration to participate is open. Visit papiokineticparade.com for more information.
​Kinetic Coaches in Schools program sparks STEAM concepts and social commentary through sculptural floats and Outsider Art 
April 11, 2017
As the outrageously, creatively, wild and whimsical May 5 Papio Kinetic Sculpture and Art Bike Parade draws closer, students from multiple Key West schools are now busily engaged in crafting human-powered moving sculptures through a ‘Kinetic Coaches in Schools’ program initiated last year by Key West Art & Historical Society. The kinetic float building projects actively engage the students in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) initiatives, as well as offer a unique opportunity to explore social commentary through art, a means of expression for which parade namesake Stanely Papio was well known.
Organized by Society Director of Education Adele Williams, and supported by generous grants and scholarships from Historic Tours of America and Margaritaville Key West Resort & Marina, local artists Suzanne Brown, Steve Linden, and Crystal Smith are working as Kinetic Coaches with student groups from Horace O'Bryant Middle School, May Sands Montessori Charter School, Sigsbee Charter School, Key West Preschool Co-Op, Key West Collegiate Academy, and Key West Homeschoolers. To initiate their projects, each group was invited to Fort East Martello, home of a collection of more than 100 original Stanley Papio metal sculptures, for “Stanley: The Man, The Legend,” a presentation by Williams that offered a first-hand look at the physical and social commentary elements found in the works of pioneering folk artist. The Kinetic Coaches followed Williams’ presentation with a “think tank” session to introduce students to the concept of “Outsider Art,” to help them explore their own views on social commentary, and learn key kinetic principals that they can apply to their kinetic sculpture floats. 
“Our wheels are starting to turn and so far, the students feel the need to send a message to the community and across the country that they want guns out of schools,” says HOB Art teacher Ashlie Hood, whose two groups are working with Brown.“And we are focusing more on the recycled materials this year. I think that is important for the students to see what they can do with their “trash.””
The program’s Kinetic Coaches were selected based on their professional background and experience with children.  Brown, a textile artist who studied metalsmithing and ceramics at Kutztown University in Pennsylvania, has spent the last three decades with mixed media and three-dimensional art-building as her passion, habitually spurred by the discovery of a found object.  She has taught classes in everything from sewing to 3D art and design. Linden, who got his bearings with a B.F.A. at the Boston Museum School of Fine Arts, exhibited during the SoHo heyday and is currently represented in the Ripley Museums and M.O.M.A.  He has worked with kids in the school system for more than thirty years.Key West Preschool Co-Op art teacher and The Society’s Children's Creative Program Designer Crystal Smithhas specialized in mixed mediums, including photography, theatrical makeup, recycled material art, and body painting for more than 15 years, and loves sharing her passion for art and the magic of creation with children. 
The coaches receive a $600 stipend for their efforts, supported by a donation from Historic Tours of America, and the student groups each receive $400 scholarships from Margaritaville Key West Resort & Marina.  The program provides students countless opportunities to tap into STEAM concepts as access points for guiding inquiry, dialogue, and critical thinking.   
“By engaging in artistic activities and study, children develop confidence in their abilities and learn how to innovate,” says Key West Preschool Co-Op VPK teacher Natalie Robinson.“The arts encourage risk-free exploration, and it is this freedom that builds confidence in our children.” 
With the students’ problem solving, collaboration and creativity, their kinetic sculptures are full “steam” ahead. Witness their genius at the May 5 Papio Kinetic Sculpture and Art Bike Parade, which kicks off from the Custom House Museum at 5:00pm and then join the post parade festival and concert at Truman Waterfront Amphitheater and see the floats lined up there for all to admire.  
Presented by Key West Art & Historical Society and co-produced by Wonderdog Studios, for Parade registration, entry guidelines, sponsorship information and a complete event schedule, visit www.papiokineticparade.com. The Papio Kinetic Sculpture and Art Bike Parade is sponsored in part by the Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Council of the Arts and Culture, and the State of Florida. Additional “Papio’s Pals” support provided by the Monroe County Tourist Development Council, Helmerich Trust, Historic Tours of America, Margaritaville Key West Resort & Marina, Pirate Radio, The Peace Store, Jimmy Lane Real Estate Team, Premier Painting, All Keys Insulation, Camping Florida Keys, Sam Kaufman Law Firm, Papa’s Pilar, Shipyard Brewing Co, Islamorada Brewing Co and South Beach Brewing Co, Tiki House Key West, and Blu on White Vacation Rentals.  Your Museums.  Your Community.  It takes an Island.
Above: ​Between two towering Stanley Papio metal sculptures, back row left to right, Key West Art & Historical Society Director of Education Adele Williams, Horace O’Bryant Middle School teacher Katie Holtcamp, Kinetic Coach Suzanne Brown, and HOB teacher Ashlie Hood led a group of students in exploring the life and works of the late rebel folk artist at Fort East Martello last week.
Above: ​Key West Preschool Co-Op students sit in their Papio kinetic float work-in-progress—a found bed-frame they are crafting into a sailing ship, with Kinetic Coach Crystal Smith, back left, and VPK program teacher Natalie Robinson.  The group plan to portray a band of pirates saving the sea-life from plastics in their “Ocean Conservation – Surrender Your Plastics” creation.
At Left: ​Kinetic Coach Steve Linden, second from right, brainstorms with Key West Collegiate Academy students on the parade grounds at Fort East Martello last week, following an introduction to the life and works of rebel folk artist Stanley Papio, for whom the Papio Kinetic Sculpture and Art Bike Parade is named.
​Getting Ready for the Parade: Silver cogs? Hurricane flag? Both? Virginia Wark of Key West explores embellishment options with canine construction advisors (CCA’s) Lacey, left, and Sydney, right, while working on the “Well Red Wagon,” her art bike project-in-progress for the upcoming May 5 Papio Kinetic Sculpture and Art Bike Parade. Wark, who works as Operations Manager at the Mel Fisher Maritime Heritage Museum, has been selected as a “Papio Ambassador,” a title accompanied by cash support to aid in crafting her concept. Registration to participate in the cavalcade of totally human-powered works of art, presented by Key West Art & Historical Society and co-produced by Wonderdog Studios is still open. Visit papiokineticparade.com for more information.
​The third annual Papio Kinetic Sculpture and Art Bike Parade on May 5 is to culminate with a ticketed festival and Poi Dog Pondering concert at the newly opened Truman Waterfront Amphitheater. For full details on a full weekend of fun and fascinating happenings – all in tribute to Florida Keys rebel artist Stanley Papio, visit papiokineticparade.com.
​“Cinco de Papio Family-Friendly Party” post-parade festival and concert at Key West Amphitheatre to feature hit band Poi Dog Pondering
April 4, 2018 -- Key West, FL 

A “Cinco de Papio Family-Friendly Party” post-parade festival and concertfeaturing the internationally acclaimed band Poi Dog Pondering is planned to top off the third annual Papio Kinetic Sculpture and Art Bike Parade, set for Saturday, May 5.
 
The ticketed festival, which kicks off as the Papio Parade concludes at the Truman Waterfront Amphitheater, is to feature an awards ceremony for winning Parade entries, food trucks for feasting, libations, a kid’s zone, DJ Untamed Shane, and live concert with Poi Dog Pondering, a band noted for its easygoing humor and cross-pollination of diverse musical genres, including various forms of acoustic and electronic music.  
 
Festival tickets are available at papiokineticparade.com/concert and are $25 for general adult admission; free general admission for youth and children 17 and under (general admission is “picnic” style seating, i.e., BYO seats and blankets to sit on). VIP tickets are $75 and include access to a private, tented VIP “lounge” and bar, an exclusive front row section with seating, two drink tickets, an autographed Poi Dog Pondering poster and two passes to Fort East Martello Museum, where the Stanley Papio exhibit is feautured.
 
Parade participants enjoy free general admission entry to the festival and concert with their registration fee, so why not sign up now and get started on your own Art Bike or Kinetic Sculpture Float entry? For registration information, event schedule, entry guidelines, and sponsorship information, visit www.papiokineticparade.com. 
 
Presented by Key West Art & Historical Society, the parade and festival pay homage to pioneering folk artist Stanley Papio while also celebrating the creativity and rebel spirit of the Florida Keys. The Papio Kinetic Sculpture and Art Bike Parade kicks off at 5:00pm at the Custom House Museum and rolls down Duval Street, turning onto Southard Street and finishing at Truman Waterfront Amphitheater, the festival’s location. Parade watchers are invited to bring chairs and blankets to the festival and enjoy the wildly imaginative floats and art bikes as they roll onto the Amphitheater grounds. 
 
​The Papio Kinetic Sculpture and Art Bike Parade is sponsored in part by the Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Council of the Arts and Culture, and the State of Florida. Additional “Papio’s Pals” support provided by the Monroe County Tourist Development Council, Helmerich Trust, Historic Tours of America, Margaritaville Key West Resort & Marina, Pirate Radio, The Peace Store, Jimmy Lane Real Estate Team, Premier Painting, All Keys Insulation, Camping Florida Keys, Sam Kaufman Law Firm, Papa’s Pilar and Blu on White Vacation Rentals.  Your Museums.  Your Community.  It takes an Island.

MARCH 2018

​Key West Art & Historical Society Operations Manager Shawn Cowles (left), Executive Director Michael Gieda, and Historic Tours of America’s CEO Chris Belland stand near a Stanley Papio sculpture at the Custom House Museum.  Belland’s company recently gave the organization $2500 donation towards the KWAHS Kinetic Coaches in schools’ program for the third annual Papio Kinetic Sculpture and Art Bike Parade.
​Historic Tours of America Join Papio’s Pals for Kinetic Parade Education Outreach and Artist Stipends with Sponsorship 
March 28, 2018
Historic Tours of America has joined Key West Art & Historical Society’s growing sponsorship program of “Papio’s Pals” with a $2,500 donation towards artist stipends and artist-in-schools programs for the third annual Papio Kinetic Sculpture and Art Bike Parade. More than eight teams of artists and four groups of public school students assisted by adult artists in STEAM explorations will work towards the creation of their kinetic sculpture floats for the May 5 parade.  The cavalcade of human-powered, mobile sculptures and art bikes, and the post-parade Cinco de Papio Family-Friendly Party festival ending at the waterfront amphitheater celebrate creativity and innovation while honoring Stanley Papio, a Florida Keys’ pioneering folk artist whose recycled metal sculptures teem with a clever sense of satire, tenacity, and innovation. With the help of generous businesses and individuals like Historic Tours of America and a $2,000 donation from Margaritaville Key West Resort & Marina, the Society continues its tradition of supporting artist and school awardees with sponsorships that help propel them forward to roll their clever creations down Duval Street on Saturday, May 5 at 5:00pm with other registered kinetic sculpture float and art bike entrants.  Participating artists and schools can apply for a limited number of sponsorships and scholarships by visiting papiokineticparade.com for proposal submission information and guidelines. Selection is made on concepts of kinetics, creativity, and recycling, with wit, wheels, welding, and wire weighing in. A float that is human powered is the only necessary requirement. To sponsors artists, artist teams, and school groups with a tiered “Papio’s Pals” sponsorship program, contact Shawn Cowles at 305-295-6616 x 111. The Papio Kinetic Sculpture and Art Bike Parade and three-hour festival and concert Cinco de Papio Family-Friendly Party is sponsored in part by the Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Council of the Arts and Culture, and the State of Florida. Additional support provided by the Monroe County Tourist Development Council, Historic Tours of America, Margaritaville Key West Resort & Marina, JimmyLane Realty, Premier Painting, Keys Insulation, Keys Camping Gear, and Blue on White Vacation Rentals. Your Museums.  Your Community.  It takes an Island. 
A three-wheeled bike cleverly disguised as a lion fish is pedaled past the judges' stand at last year's Papio Kinetic Sculpture and Art Bike Parade. This year's extravaganza of imagination is set for Saturday, May 5th. Sign up to enter your own art bike or kinetic sculpture float at papiokineticparade.com
​Nation’s Kinetic Parade Craze Hits Key West with Third Annual Papio Kinetic Sculpture and Art Bike Parade Set for May 5

Key West has long been known for its kinetic energy, but on Saturday, May 5 at 5:00pm, it’s about to become quite literal when the Third Annual Papio Kinetic Sculpture and Art Bike Parade rolls through downtown Key West with its cavalcade of art-inspired, human-powered, mobile sculptures, and art bikes, ending at the waterfront amphitheater for “Cinco de Papio Family-Friendly Party,” a three-hour festival of food, games, libations, and live music fun. The Parade and festival celebrate creativity and innovation while honoring Stanley Papio, a Florida Keys’ pioneering folk artist whose recycled metal sculptures teem with a clever sense of satire, tenacity, and innovation— key ingredients in kinetic parades across the country.
 
The first Kinetic Sculpture Race rolled down the road in 1969 in Ferndale, California, and later grew to include national cutting-edge race events in Humbolt, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Port Townshend. Since then, many communities have joined the kinetic craze, offering their own variation of these floats-with-moving-parts-parades. Kinetic-inspired dream machine creators spend months designing and building their sculptures, then must complete a course over terrain that varies from muddy roads to swift-flowing rivers. 
 
Key West Art & Historical Society, steward to the island’s cultural heritage, took the region’s laid-back attitude and rebel ingenuity into account when kicking off its own Parade in May 2016, eliminating the “race” component from the mix but adding the element of “art bikes” for the town known for its pedaling revelers.  Arising from a long-percolating idea of former KWAHS staff member Gerri Sidoti, which won the support of a prestigious Knight Arts Challenge grant—which rewards the best and most innovative ideas in the arts—and the additional support of the Helmerich Trust, the Community Foundation of the Florida Keys, and the Monroe County Tourist Development Council, the Papio Kinetic Sculpture and Art Bike Parade was set in motion. 
 
“As the parade enters its third year, we are excited to see this event grow both in support and participation! We are thrilled to join the ranks of kinetic events around the country in providing engaging, community-focused offerings that merge art, science, history and fun,” says Society Executive Director Michael Gieda. 
 
In the past Papio Parade’s, spectators have been treated to the sight of astonishingly imaginative, totally human-powered works of art traversing the length of historic Duval Street, including a supersized narwhal that winked at spectators, a pelican whose widespread wings flapped as it towed “parasailing” minnows, a 15-foot-long silver “time machine” made of moving gears and cogs with a futuristically-costumed human pilot, an eagle ray powered by three bicycling men dressed as remoras, and a “ship” with waves, straight out of “Where The Wild Things Are.”
 
With the 2018 creations being built by several “Papio Ambassadors” artist teams selected and sponsored from winning application proposals, and several school registrants supported by scholarships and led by “Kinetic Coaches” Suzanne Brown and Steve Linden, this year’s Parade promises to offer another astounding visual feast for the senses.  Parade-goers can expect spectacular kinetic sculpture floats and art bikes from Papio Ambassador teams Dee Dee Green, Ryan Stachurski, Chilly Willy, Marley Claridge, John “Johnny O” Ortiz, Austin Daly, Zac Lower, Chuck Butler, Yvonne Jefferson, Leia Bryan, Robert Clockars, and canines Nouba and Henry; Cody White, Ryan Saca, and Alex Holst; Jeremy Hackworth; Melissa McDaniel and Neal Ruchman; Suzanne Brown; David Hutchinson; Virginia Wark; Cayman Smith-Martin; and David “DJ” Johnson.
 
Accompanying Papio weekend events include: Friday’s May 4, 6:00pm to 7:00pm presentation by artist/inventor Steve King titled “The Art of Parade Sculptures” at the Custom House Museum, followed by a porch party with a wine and beer cash bar; Saturday’s “Cinco de Papio Family-Friendly Party,” a post-parade festival at Key West Amphitheatre featuring the awards ceremony, food trucks, libations, a kid’s zone, DJs, and the internationally acclaimed “acous-tronic” band Poi Dog Pondering; and Sunday’s free museum entry to Fort East Martello from 11:30pm to 4:30pm, spotlighting the Stanley Papio exhibit. 
 
Show up for the May 5 Parade at the Custom House or south of Southard on Duval Street, or get your ticket and a lawn chair and head over to the Key West Amphitheater to enjoy the festival and watch the floats and art bikes roll in. Or register your own kinetic sculpture float or art bike now to add to the kinetic frenzy of fun and a “free”-wheeling good time at the post-parade festival.
 
For registration information, event schedule, entry guidelines, festival tickets, and sponsorship information, visit www.papiokineticparade.com. The Papio Kinetic Sculpture and Art Bike Parade is sponsored in part by the Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Council of the Arts and Culture, and the State of Florida. Additional “Papio’s Pals” support provided by the Monroe County Tourist Development Council, Historic Tours of America, Margaritaville Key West Resort & Marina, Jimmy Lane Realty, Premier Painting, Keys Insulation, Keys Camping Gear, and Blue on White.  Your Museums.  Your Community.  It takes an Island.
​Artists, Engineers and Assemblers can apply for stipend-supported Papio Ambassadorship 
March 21, 2018 

Artists, engineers and assemblers with a flair for creativity are invited to apply to be one of this year’s “Papio Ambassadors,” a title that comes with a stipend to help in the creation of a kinetic sculpture (think art with parts that move) for the upcoming annual Key West Art & Historical Society Papio Kinetic Sculpture and Art Bike Parade. Since 2016, crafters of all ages have celebrated the creativity and ingenuity of late folk artist Stanley Papio by creating kinetic sculptures and art bikes for the Parade, a fabulously colorful and eccentric processional set to roll through downtown Key West this year at 5:00pm on Saturday, May 5. Available funds come in the form of ten $500 sponsorships for artists and six $400 scholarships for schools, made possible by ‘Papio Pals’ Historic Tours of America and Margaritaville Resort and Marina. Those interested in applying for support funds can visit papiokineticparade.com/sponsorships or contact Adele Williams at 305.295.6616 x 115 for more information. Businesses interested in becoming a Papio Pal by sponsoring individual artists, artist teams and/or school groups, contact Michael Gieda at 305-295-6616 x 103. Inspired by and named for Stanley Papio, a humorous rebel metal-artist who explored the value of recycled materials long before it was hip to be rusty, Papio Parade events encompass a full weekend of revelry that kicks off on May 4 and runs through May 6 with workshops, presentations, museum tours, the Parade and a festival and live concert party. The Papio Kinetic Sculpture and Art Bike Parade is sponsored in part by Helmerich Trust, the Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Council of the Arts and Culture and the State of Florida. Additional support provided by the Monroe County Tourist Development Council.  For registration information, event schedule, entry guidelines and pre-parade workshop information, visit www.papiokineticparade.com.   Your Museums.  Your Community.  It takes an Island. 
​Key West resident David Johnson, pictured here working on his 2017 “Peace Train” entry with canine construction consultant (CCC) Milo, is one of several artists already awarded a stipend for 2018 ambassadorship. Registration is now open for 2018 entrants—visit Papiokineticparade.com for more information.
​Artist/inventor Steve King used recycled materials in the construction of his 2016 Papio Parade creation “The Grinder,” combining wood, metal, bike parts and “bits and bobs” to build his gears-and-cogs-inspired design. Registration is now open for 2018 entrants—visit Papiokineticparade.com for more information.
​Recycling is at the heart of the Papio Kinetic Sculpture and Art Bike Parade. “It’s fun to wake up one morning with an inkling of an idea and to see that transform into a living, moving sculpture that can inspire others,” says artist/inventor Steve King. “I love the no-rules, creative energy that Papio embodies.” Registration is now open for 2018 entrants—visit Papiokineticparade.com for more information.
​Artists can apply for stipend-supported Papio Ambassadorship: 
March 14, 2017
Meet Steve King, Papio Ambassador and Kinetic Sculpture Float Artist 
​Artists, engineers and assemblers with a flair for creativity are invited to apply to be one of this year’s “Papio Ambassadors,” a title that comes with a stipend to help in the creation of a kinetic sculpture (think art with parts that move) for the upcoming annual Key West Art & Historical Society Papio Kinetic Sculpture and Art Bike Parade. Since 2016, crafters of all ages have celebrated the creativity and ingenuity of late folk artist Stanley Papio by creating kinetic sculptures and art bikes for the Parade, a fabulously colorful and eccentric processional set to roll through downtown Key West this year at 5:00pm on Saturday, May 5. Craftsman, inventor, and boat builder Steve King is one of several artists already awarded a stipend for 2018 ambassadorship. While the 30-year Key Wester and winner of last year’s Golden Papio Award prefers to keep the details of his 2018 creation under wraps until parade day, he says it will be inspired by years of boat-building design, original concepts from unique light and clock sculptures and cameras, and a certain level of performance art for which King has become known.  “It’s fun to wake up one morning with an inkling of an idea and to see that transform into a living, moving sculpture that can inspire others,” says King. “I love the no-rules, creative energy that Papio embodies.” Available funds come in the form of ten $500 sponsorships for artists and six $400 scholarships for schools, made possible by ‘Papio Pals’ Historic Tours of America and Margaritaville Resort and Marina. Those interested in applying for support funds can visit papiokineticparade.com/sponsorships or contact Adele Williams at 305.295.6616 x 115 for more information. Businesses interested in becoming a Papio Pal by sponsoring individual artists, artist teams and/or school groups, contact Michael Gieda at 305-295-6616 x 103. Inspired by and named for Stanley Papio, a humorous rebel metal-artist who explored the value of recycled materials long before it was hip to be rusty, Papio Parade events encompass a full weekend of revelry that kicks off on May 4 and runs through May 6 with workshops, presentations, museum tours, the Parade and a festival and live concert party. The Papio Kinetic Sculpture and Art Bike Parade is sponsored in part by Helmerich Trust, the Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Council of the Arts and Culture and the State of Florida. Additional support provided by the Monroe County Tourist Development Council.  For registration information, event schedule, entry guidelines and pre-parade workshop information, visit www.papiokineticparade.com.   Your Museums.  Your Community.  It takes an Island. 
Call for “Kinetic Coaches”
March 7, 2018 -
Key West Art & Historical Society offers stipends for artist-in-schools program in conjunction with the Papio Kinetic Sculpture and Art Bike Parade 
Are you an artist with a knack for engineering and teaching others the nuts and bolts of how things work? Key West Art & Historical Society is preparing to celebrate its Third Annual Papio Kinetic Sculpture and Art Bike Parade, with events set for May 4-6, and is looking for “Kinetic Coaches”—artists that will lead local school STEAM class (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) teams in creating parade entries. “Artists will share their ideas and skills with the students, keeping them motivated and the project on track,” says Adele Williams, Society Director of Education.  “These selected artists will help students prepare and create dynamic sculptures that reflect the spirit of Papio while weaving in STEAM principles.” Selected artists will receive a $600 stipend to conduct workshops with students at three different schools, presenting information on kinetic art principles and application, and team mobile sculpture idea development and production. Inspired by and named for the late Keys artist Stanley Papio, a humorous rebel metal-artist who explored the value of recycled materials long before it was hip to be rusty, the parade will present a cavalcade of human-powered mobile sculptures that will launch from the Custom House Museum at 5:00pm, on Saturday, May 5, and conclude with a post-parade festival and concert with Poi Dog Pondering at the Truman Waterfront Park Amptheatre, complete with cash awards for best kinetic sculpture floats and art bikes. The Papio Kinetic Sculpture Parade is sponsored in part by the State of Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, The Helmerich Trust, and the Monroe County Tourist Development Council. For registration information, event schedule, entry guidelines and pre-parade workshop information, visit www.papiokineticparade.com or call Adele Williams, 305.295.6616 x 115.   Your Museums.  Your Community.  It takes an Island. 
​Artist Suzanne Brown works with students at Horace O’Bryant Middle School last year, providing guidance in planning and building an entry for the Papio Kinetic Sculpture and Art Bike Parade. “Kinetic Coaches” are currently sought to help students prepare and create sculptures for this year’s parade, launching from the Custom House Museum at 5:00pm on Saturday, May 5.

February 2018

Call for Artists for the Key West Art & Historical Society Third Annual Papio Kinetic Sculpture and Art Bike Parade
February 21, 2018 -- (Key West, FL)​

Key West Art & Historical Society invites artists, builders and assemblers to put their creative and engineering genius to play and on display for the Third Annual Papio Kinetic Sculpture and Art Bike Parade, set for Saturday, May 5. 

Small and simple or elegantly engineered, teams of any number and age are welcome to enter this pedaled or pushed sculpture parade. Registration is $25 for kinetic sculpture floats and $15 for art bikes, with registration fees waived for Society members. Cash prizes will be awarded for various categories. Registration deadline is Tuesday, May 1 for kinetic sculpture floats and May 4 for art bike entries (limited to first 100 registrants). 

Inspired by and named for the late Keys artist Stanley Papio, a humorous rebel metal-artist who explored the value of recycled materials long before it was hip to be rusty, a full weekend of kinetic revelry kicks off on May 4 and runs through May 6, with the parade itself launching from the Custom House Museum, Saturday, May 5 at 5:00pm, followed by a post-parade party and concert, complete with cash awards for the best kinetic sculpture floats and art bikes. 

The Papio Kinetic Sculpture Parade is sponsored Supported in part by the State of Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, The Helmerich Trust, and the Monroe County Tourist Development Council. For registration information, event schedule, entry guidelines and pre-parade workshop information, visit www.papiokineticparade.com or call Adele Williams, 305.295.6616 x 115.   Your Museums.  Your Community.  It takes an Island. 
The Third Annual Key West Art & Historical Society Papio Kinetic Sculpture Parade 
February 16, 2018 — (Key West, FL)

Artists, builders, assemblers and aficionado’s of the wild and wacky won’t want to miss the 3rd Annual Stanley Papio Kinetic Parade, presented by the Key West Art & Historical Society with events set for May 4-6, 2018 in Old Town Key West. Participants and spectators alike revel in the family-friendly, art-inspired, human-powered, mobile sculpture and art-bike parade (think art with parts that move) created in honor of the late Florida Keys rebel folk artist Stanley Papio.
Want to participate? Small and simple or elegantly engineered, young or old, teams of 1-100 are welcome to enter. Human Powered Kinetic Sculpture Floats and Art Bikes can be simple, whimsical, futuristic, or fantastical—the only requirement is that they are physically moved by you (and/or a teammate(s)). Recycling is highly encouraged, wit and humor loudly applauded. Cash prizes will be awarded for various categories.

Just want to watch? The parade, accompanied by a Grand Marshal and marching band, will begin to wind its way from the Custom House Museum and over to Duval Street at 5:00pm on Saturday, May 5 and wrap up with a post-parade party and concert. Visit www.papiokineticparade.com for updates on 2018 registration, workshops, prizes and parties.
Supported in part by the State of Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, The Helmerich Trust, and the Monroe County Tourist Development Council.  Your Museums.  Your Community.  It takes an Island.
​The Third Annual Key West Art & Historical Society Papio Kinetic Sculpture Parade
February 1st, 2018 -- (Key West, FL)

Artists, builders, assemblers and aficionado’s of the wild and wacky won’t want to miss the 3rd Annual Stanley Papio Kinetic Sculpture and Art Bike Parade, presented by Key West Art & Historical Society with events set for May 4-6, 2018 in Old Town Key West. Participants and spectators alike revel in the family-friendly, art-inspired, human-powered, mobile sculpture and art-bike parade (think art with parts that move) created in honor of the late Florida Keys rebel folk artist Stanley Papio.
Want to participate? Small and simple or elegantly engineered, young or old, teams of 1-100 are welcome to enter. Human Powered Kinetic Sculpture Floats and Art Bikes can be simple, whimsical, futuristic, or fantastical—the only requirement is that they are physically moved by you (and/or a teammate(s)). Recycling is highly encouraged, wit and humor loudly applauded. Cash prizes will be awarded for various categories.

Just want to watch? The parade, accompanied by a Grand Marshal and marching band, will begin to wind its way from the Custom House Museum and over to Duval Street at 5:00pm on Saturday, May 5 and wrap up with a post-parade festival and concert. Visit www.papiokineticparade.com for updates on 2018 registration, workshops, prizes and parties.
Supported in part by the State of Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, The Helmerich Trust, and the Monroe County Tourist Development Council.  Your Museums.  Your Community.  It takes an Island.

april 2017

The Papio Kinetic Sculpture Parade and 7 Great Reasons to Roll 
​April 27, 2017 — (Key West, FL)

Key West Art & Historical Society invites artists, builders and assemblers to put their creative and engineering genius on display for the Second Annual Papio Kinetic Sculpture and Art Bike Parade, set for Saturday, May 6th, with additional festivities on Friday and Sunday. Here are 7 great reasons you should roll yourselves there!
1.     IT’S FAMILY FRIENDLY, art-inspired, human-powered fun! Think art with parts that move. 
2.     YOU CAN PUT SOME FUNK INTO YOUR JUNK. Excellent excuse for dumpster diving adventures and recycling your Fantasy Fest costumes and accouterments is just plain brilliant.
3.     A CHANCE TO FLAUNT YOUR OWN REBEL SPIRIT! No need to be the next Stanley Papio or Theo Jansen to make your own Kinetic Art Sculpture Float or Art Bike—some creative inclination mixed with a dash of kinetic savvy will do. The only requirement is that they are physically moved by you (and/or a teammate(s)). 
4.     YOUR CONCH CRUISER COULD USE SOME LOVE. Dress up the wheels you’ve got, register your Art Bike and call yourself parade-ready!
5.     YET ANOTHER REASON TO WEAR A TUTU! And where else are you going to wear that hat?
6.     YOU CAN REWARD YOUR RECYCLING INGENUITY WITH BEER….just like Stanley Papio!
7.     IT’S NOT TOO LATE TO REGISTER! $25 for Kinetic Sculpture Teams; $15 for Art Bikes; no charge for KWAHS members (all details, inspiration and ideas at papiokineticparade.com).

Want the low-down on the roll-down?  
Friday, May 5 – Parade Warm-up
•                6:00PM - Custom House Museum: KWAHS Distinguished Speaker Series guest kinetic expert Frank Conlan will discuss His Crazy World of Kinetic Sculpture Races. The lecture is followed by champagne reception on the porch of the Custom House. Seats are limited. Register for this free presentation now! kwahs.org/education/distinguished_speaker_series).
Saturday, May 6 – Parade Day
•                9:00AM-12:00PM - Parade line-up
•                10:00AM-12:00PM - Pre-parade workshop and group entry registration with Bria Ansara for children aged 6-12
•                12:00PM-1:00PM - Papio Kinetic Sculpture Parade kicks off in front of Custom House and proceeds down Duval Street to the Southernmost Beach Café
•                1:00PM-3:00PM – Free beach party and awards ceremony at Southernmost Beach Café featuring a special live performance by the Legendary JC’s
Sunday, May 7– It’s All About the Kids
·      11:30AM-3:30PM - Papio Picnic & Kinetic Kids Day at Fort East Martello
·      12:00PM – Free Papio exhibit tour at Fort East Martello Museum, with all-day free admission to the Museum.  

Who is Stanley Papio you ask?  That would be the late Key Largo folk artist Stanley Papio, rebellious welder-turned artist who explored recycled materials long before it was hip to be rusty. Papio transformed his collected metal— old cars, washing machines and other metal appliances piled high in his yard — into extraordinary pieces of art, many of them offering comical and caustic commentary on neighbors and naysayers.  
While none of Papio’s sculptures were made to be mobile, the parade is a nod to both his legacy and collection of work— more than 100 sculptural objects and three-dimensional constructions housed in a permanent exhibit at Fort East Martello. 
For Parade registration information, event schedule, and entry guidelines, visit www.papiokineticparade.com. The Papio Kinetic Sculpture Parade is sponsored in part by the Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Council of the Arts and Culture, and the State of Florida. Additional support provided by the Monroe County Tourist Development Council, Historic Tours of America, Margaritaville Key West Resort & Marina and Southernmost Beach Café. Your Museums.  Your Community.  It takes an Island. 
​Revelers roll “The Rabbit” down Duval Street during the 2016 Key West Art & Historical Society Papio Kinetic Sculpture Parade. Crafted by Ben Blacow and Marky Pierson, the towering sculpture was made from recycled wood and foam, shaped recycled copper, metal pans, builders paper and other materials.
​David Hutchinson and daughter Grace, followed by Jeremy Hackworth peddling “Another Misfit Toy” roll past the Custom House Museum at the start of the 2016 Papio Kinetic Sculpture Parade
Kinetic Coaches in Schools Program Helps Young Minds Move Forward
April 27, 2017 – (Key West, FL)
Adult artists, engineers, and other community creatives aren’t the only ones preparing their human-powered sculptures for the upcoming Papio Kinetic Sculpture Parade. This year, multiple Key West schools and two “Kinetic Coaches” have joined in the craze, innovatively engaging in STEAM initiatives and the exploration of social commentary that parade namesake Stanley Papio was well known for— as they transform tricycles into Kinetic Sculpture Float entries for the May 6th parade.
“A kinetic parade is the perfect amalgamation of STEAM subjects,” says Director of Education Adele Williams,. “If students are provided with a practical application for areas that they have been studying, the cross-disciplinary learning can't help but happen.”  
Key West Art & Historical Society’s new Kinetic Coaches in Schools program, led by Williams, teamed local artists Suzanne Brown and Steve Linden with five Key West schools (Horace O'Bryant Middle School, St. Mary’s Star of the Sea, May Sands Montessori, Sigsbee Charter School, and Collegiate Academy). Brown, a textile artist who studied metalsmithing and ceramics with a B.F.A. from Kutztown University in Pennsylvania, has spent the last three decades with mixed media and three-dimensional art-building as her passion, habitually spurred by the discovery of a found object.  She has taught classes in everything from sewing to 3D art and design. Linden, who got his bearings with a B.F.A. at the Boston Museum School of Fine Arts, exhibited during the SoHo heyday and currently in the Ripley Museums and M.O.M.A.  He has worked with kids in the school system for more than thirty years. Following a presentation by Williams that introduces students to kinetic principals and to Florida Keys’ pioneering folk artist Stanley Papio, whose recycled metal sculptures abound with a clever sense of satire, tenacity, and innovation, Brown and Linden lead their individual groups in the physical crafting of kinetic sculpture floats. 
The program—supported by $400 scholarships per school from Margaritaville Key West Resort & Marina—provides students countless opportunities to tap into STEAM, an educational approach to learning that uses Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics as access points for guiding student inquiry, dialogue, and critical thinking.  STEAM is an acronym that might be more familiar as STEM— The “A” (for Art/Design) was government mandated into the STEM initiative in 2015, with the aim of supporting students in reaching their full potential and helping to create future innovators, educators, leaders and learners of the 21st century.  
“The addition of Art into STEM has been active in this program as we started the brainstorming with sketches,” says HOB Art teacher Ashlie Hood.  “We have continued that by developing a vision for our kinetic sculptures in an aesthetically-pleasing way.”
At HOB, five student groups of 6th through 8th graders under the direction of Brown and teachers Ashlie Hood, Katie Holtkamp, and Cynthia Houpt are responsible for the construction and testing of a five-piece interactive sculpture based on their love of the coral reef. With a generous $350 donation from Strunk Ace Hardware and donated plywood from Manley DeBoer Lumber, the 40 students are constructing their entry using an old paddleboard, chicken wire, plywood, a large tricycle and a bevy of recycled bits and parts that would be sure to make Stanley Papio proud. 
“Don't limit yourself,” says Kinetic Coach Brown to her workshop of students. “If you can think and dream it up, then let's do it!”  
With the students’ problem solving, collaboration and creativity, their kinetic sculptures are full “steam” ahead.  Be sure to come and witness their genius at the May 6th Papio Kinetic Sculpture Parade that kicks off at noon in front of the Custom House Museum!
For registration information, event schedule, entry guidelines and sponsorship information, visit www.papiokineticparade.com. The Papio Kinetic Sculpture Parade is sponsored in part by the Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Council of the Arts and Culture, and the State of Florida. Additional support provided by the Monroe County Tourist Development Council, Historic Tours of America, Margaritaville Key West Resort & Marina and Southernmost Beach Café.  
Your Museums.  Your Community.  It takes an Island.
​Bronson Campo and Julia Nurkiewicz (foreground) cut lengths from a roll of chicken wire which fellow-students next cut into shapes using pre-made butcher paper patterns. Five student groups of HOB 6th-8thgraders are each responsible for creating a component of their school’s Papio Kinetic Sculpture Parade entry. 
​Teachers Ashlie Hood (left) and Katie Holtkamp watch as students (front to back) Sarah Karch, Priscilla Castro, Alexandra Walsh-Durso, Kelly Copper and Madison Harding move a paddleboard donated for the HOB team’s Papio Kinetic Sculpture Parade project into position.
​Papio Kinetic Coach Suzanne Brown helps an HOB student use a power saw while creating their coral reef kinetic sculpture for the May 6 Papio Kinetic Sculpture Parade. Brown studied metal-smithing and ceramics with a B.F.A. from Kutztown University in Pennsylvania, and has spent the last three decades with mixed media and three-dimensional art-building as her passion, habitually spurred by the discovery of a found object.  
During a one hour beach cleanup along the Smathers Beach bridle path, Elle Fernandez and friends filled three 110 pound bags of debris which included bike tires and wheels, clothes, cigarette butts and lighters, plastic six pack rings, bottle caps and plastic bags, among other discarded waste. Not all that was found is lost however; Fernandez plans to recycle some of the recovered items for her entry in the upcoming May 6 Papio Kinetic Sculpture Parade.
​Nation’s Kinetic Parade Craze Hits Key West with 2nd Annual Papio Kinetic Sculpture Parade Set for May 6
April 20, 2017 - (Key West, FL).
Key West has long been known for its kinetic energy, but on May 6 from 12:00PM-1:00PM, it’s about to become quite literal when the 2nd Annual Papio Kinetic Sculpture Parade rolls through downtown Key West with its cavalcade of art-inspired, human-powered, mobile sculptures and art bikes. The Parade celebrates creativity and innovation while honoring Stanley Papio, a Florida Keys’ pioneering folk artist whose recycled metal sculptures teem with a clever sense of satire, tenacity, and innovation— key ingredients in kinetic parades across the county.
The first Kinetic Sculpture Race rolled down the road in 1969 in Ferndale, California, and later grew to include national cutting-edge race events in Humbolt, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Port Townshend. Since then, many communities have joined the kinetic craze, offering their own variation of these floats-with-moving-parts-parades. Kinetic-inspired dream machine creators spend months designing and building their sculptures, then must complete a course over terrain that varies from muddy roads to swift-flowing rivers. 
Key West Art & Historical Society, steward to the island’s cultural heritage, took the region’s laid-back attitude and rebel ingenuity into account when kicking off its own Parade in May 2016, eliminating the “race” component from the mix but adding the element of “art bikes” for the town known for its pedaling revelers.  Arising from a long-percolating idea of former KWAHS staff member Gerri Sidoti, which won the support of a prestigious Knight Arts Challenge—a grant that rewards the best and most innovative ideas in the arts—and the additional support of the Helmerich Trust, the Community Foundation of the Florida Keys, and the Monroe County Tourist Development Council, the Papio Kinetic Sculpture Parade was set in motion. 
“As the parade enters its second year, we are excited to see this event grow both in support and participation! We are thrilled to join the ranks of kinetic events around the country in providing engaging, community-focused offerings that merge art, science, history and fun,” says Society Executive Director Michael Gieda. 
Last year, more than 30 kinetic creations formed a spectacular display of totally human-powered works of art that traversed the length of historic Duval Street for the inaugural Papio Kinetic Sculpture Parade.  Entries included a supersized narwhal that winked at spectators, a pelican whose widespread wings flapped as it towed “parasailing” minnows, a 15-foot-long silver “time machine” made of moving gears and cogs with a futuristically-costumed human pilot, and an eagle ray powered by three bicycling men dressed as remoras.
With 2017 creations built by several “Papio Ambassador,” artist teams selected and sponsored from winning application ideas, and several school registrants supported by scholarships and led by “Kinetic Coaches” Suzanne Brown and Steve Linden, this year’s Parade promises to offer a and visual feast for the senses. Revelers can expect spectacular kinetic sculpture floats and art bikes from Papio Ambassadors Steve King; Susann and Bob D’Antonio; Alison Higgins, Gabriel Price and team members Dee Dee Green, Kelly Perkins, Rene Hatalovsky, and Jacqueline Luhta; Elle Fernandez; Cody White and Ryan Saca; Jeremy Hackworth; Melissa McDaniel and Neal Ruchman; Suzanne Brown, and DJ Dave Johnson.
Along with the May 6 noon-time parade there are a bevy of special accompanying events including a Friday, May 5, 6pm presentation by Baltimore’s “Kinetic Expert” Frank Conlan at the Custom House Museum followed by a porch party reception; a Saturday, May 6 pre-parade children’s “wearable art” workshop with Bria Ansara and 1-3PM post-parade celebration at the Southernmost Beach Café parade finish line with a special live performance by The Legendary JC’s; and a Sunday, May 7th Kinetic Kids & Papio Picnic Day at Fort East Martello from 11:30-4:30, with free museum entry, a Papio exhibit tour at 12:00PM, and an afternoon of mellow revelry for families inside the citadel grounds. 
Be sure to show up for the Parade on May 6th or sign up to make your own kinetic sculpture float or art bike today and add to the kinetic frenzy of fun. For registration information, event schedule, entry guidelines and sponsorship information, visit www.papiokineticparade.com. The Papio Kinetic Sculpture Parade is sponsored in part by the Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Council of the Arts and Culture, and the State of Florida. Additional support provided by the Monroe County Tourist Development Council, Historic Tours of America, Margaritaville Key West Resort & Marina and Southernmost Beach Café.  Your Museums.  Your Community.  It takes an Island.
​In recognition of Key West’s love affair with the art-bike, the Papio Kinetic Sculpture Parade has a category just for those two and three-wheeled wonders. For her 2017 Papio Kinetic Sculpture Parade art-bike entry, “Music to My Eyes” Virginia Wark scored a boomer’s spin-list of vintage vinyl.
​Depending on local geography, kinetic parades and races can include obstacles such as sand dunes, water crossings, and/or a mud course, as seen in this photo of the St. Paul’s School Rainbow Fish taken by Tom Jones at the 2015 Baltimore Kinetic Sculpture Race. (Photo Courtesy Tom Jones)
Susann and Bob D’Antonio, partners in life and in art since the 1980’s, are widely recognized for more than 25 years of fabulous 3D Fantasy Fest costumes. This year they will bring their talent and vision to the May 6 Papio Kinetic Sculpture Parade in the form of Ben-HER.
​Susann and Bob D’Antonio and canine companion Bruno Santini enjoy a moment in their garden on Big Pine Key.
This year's "Papio Ambassador", Joy Nulish, stands out front of Key West City Hall with the newly restored tiger which was originally built by her late father, George Carey.
Kinetic Tiger and Artist’s Kin to Lead Second Annual Papio Kinetic Sculpture Parade
April 7, 2017— (Key West, FL)
Some Tigers pounce, some (like Tigger) bounce, and one is soon to roll as Grand Marshal of the Key West Art & Historical Society Papio Kinetic Sculpture Parade. Monroe County School District IT Director Joy Nulisch has been selected as a “Papio Ambassador,” a title accompanied by cash support to aid in crafting her concept – a Glynn Archer Tiger look-alike kinetic sculpture float. The soon-to-be kinetic cat, which Nulisch is building along with a couple of friends, is a tribute to her “Pops,” the renowned late artist and sculptor George Carey, who with his Key West High School welding class, built the original Panthera tigris that stands guard today in front of Key West City Hall at the corner of White and United Streets.
Kinetic Sculpture and Art Bike Creations Underway: a Q & A with Artist Susann D'Antonio
​​April 20, 2017 -  (Key West, FL)
Creative rebels and rabble-rousers take note— Key West Art & Historical Society wants you now! The 2nd Annual Papio Kinetic Sculpture Parade is ready to roll through downtown Key West from 12:00PM-1:00PM on May 6, and like any good parade, the more registrants, the merrier! The family-friendly cavalcade of art-inspired, human-powered, mobile sculptures and art bikes promises a kaleidoscope of kinetic conveyances that celebrate imagination, innovation, and the clever sense of satire and recycled metal sculptures of pioneering folk artist Stanley Papio. 
This year’s parade promises a plethora of spectacular registrants from the community at large and select entrants who applied for sponsorships and scholarships—school groups led by Kinetic Coaches, a Grand Marshal we’ll all recognize, and more than a dozen Papio Ambassadors, including long-time islanders and creative favorites Susann and Bob D’Antonio.
The couple met in the Keys in the early 80s and have been a creative powerhouse since— Susann creating and showing her mixed media work at Frangipani Gallery, Key West Art Center, and Artists in Paradise, Bob creating steel sculptures and music, and running their custom frame shop Framing in Paradise on Big Pine Key. Together they have built spectacular kinetic Fantasy Fest “costumes” on wheels for more than 25 years—Bob building the steel framework and Susann covering them with fabrics, sequins, and anything else she can find to bring the creatures to life.  
This year, they bring their talent forward as Papio Parade Ambassadors with “Ben-HER,” a gladiatrix in a chariot pulled by seahorses and some Papio-esque political commentary. KWAHS caught up with them as they prepared their creation for this year’s parade to help offer you some inspiration in getting your own entry started!     

KWAHS: How do you weave in the Papio mindset of recycling, social commentary, and wit with a kinetic twist?  
Susann D'Antonio: This piece is recycled bits from a past Fantasy Fest entry.  We did Ben-HER many years ago and still had a couple of the seahorses which will be redone for this version.  A chariot will be built on top of an old three-wheel bike.   We have not begun construction yet, but will be pulling from our stash of materials to create this Ben-HER.  There will be some natural material used as well like fan palm fronds.   There may be a bit of political commentary here too, which was a large part of Papio’s work.  Women as champions and heroes is certainly the underlying theme.  

KWAHS: What do you think about Stanley Papio?  
Susann D'Antonio:  Though we have both lived in the keys since the 70s, I don’t remember Papio or his Art Yard from that time, but I do remember the opening at Fort East Martello when the pieces had been acquired by the Art & Historical Society. Bob did visit Papio’s yard in the 70s and specifically remembers the chrome woman sculpture that is in the Custom House. They are all amazing creative pieces and it is great that they were able to be preserved, displayed (at Fort East Martello) and cared for the way they deserve.  

KWAHS: Do you have a favorite Papio piece?   
Susann D'Antonio: I have always really liked the woman piece at the top of the stairs at the Custom House.  I think it is a perfect location for such a stately lady, the grand dame of Papio’s work.  But the Rabbit and the Preacher are amazing as well; it’s tough to pick a favorite since they all have so much creativity and humor, and I think that’s what the Keys are all about.  

KWAHS: What did you like about last year’s parade and what inspired you to do this year’s?   
Susann D'Antonio: Unfortunately we were not able to participate last year, but not because we didn’t want to - we just ran out of time.  But we did acquire the bike we will be using last year from someone who was getting rid of it.  This is a fabulous concept - I love everything about it, the creativity, the homage to a unique artist, a parade and an excuse to get silly and have fun, what else could you ask for! 

It’s not too late to make your own kinetic sculpture float or art bike creation—register online now or at the parade. For Parade registration information, event schedule, and entry guidelines, visit www.papiokineticparade.com. The Papio Kinetic Sculpture Parade is sponsored in part by the Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Council of the Arts and Culture, and the State of Florida. Additional support provided by the Monroe County Tourist Development Council, Historic Tours of America, Margaritaville Key West Resort & Marina and Southernmost Beach Café.  Your Museums.  Your Community.  It takes an Island.

march 2017

​Key West Art & Historical Society Executive Director Michael Gieda (left)and Margaritaville Key West Resort & Marina General Manager Diane Schmidt spent some quality time with a Stanley Papio sculpture installation at Fort East Martello Museum on Wednesday. Schmidt’s company has contributed $3500.00 towards the KWAHS Kinetic Coaches in schools’ program for the second annual Papio Kinetic Sculpture Parade.
Margaritaville Resort Joins Papio’s Pals for Kinetic Parade Education Outreach with Donation
​​March 30, 2017— (Key West, FL). 
Magaritaville Key West Resort & Marina recently joined Key West Art & Historical Society’s “Papio’s Pals” with a $3500 donation towards their Kinetic Coaches in the schools’ education program for the second annual Papio Kinetic Sculpture Bike Parade. Six groups of students will be assisted by the Kinetic Coaches over the course of six weeks in the creation of their kinetic sculpture float for the May 6 parade.

The parade is the centerpiece of a full weekend of kinetic revelry running May 5-7, inspired by and named for the late Keys artist Stanley Papio, a humorous rebel metal-artist who explored the value of recycled materials long before it was hip to be rusty.  Margaritaville—a business modeled firmly in the roots of the famed Jimmy Buffet— is no stranger to rebel artists.

“They are certainly both unconventional artists with a unique approach to their respective talents and have made a tremendous impact on our community doing what they love,” says says Margaritaville Key West Resort & Marina General Manager Diane Schmidt.

To date, The Society—stewards to Papio’s collection of more than 100 sculptures on display at Fort East Martello Museum— is offering over $7,000 in support to artists and schools participating in this year’s parade.  The school scholarships and artists sponsorships will help propel select registrants forward as they proudly propel their kinetic sculpture floats down Duval Street Saturday, May 6 at noon with other registered kinetic sculpture float and art bike entrants. 

“Students are the future of any community, and art makes every community better,” says Schmidt. “Margaritaville is proud to support our community and especially the youth within Key West and have long been proponents of the local arts.”

Participating artists and schools can  apply for a limited number of sponsorships and scholarships to help move their vision forward by visiting papiokineticparade.com for proposal submission information and guidelines. Selection will be made on concepts of kinetics, creativity, and recycling, with wit, wheels, welding, and wire weighing in. A float that is human powered the only necessary requirement.

Businesses interested in becoming a Papio Pal by sponsoring individual artists, artist teams and/or school groups, can contact Michael Geida at 305-295-6616 x 103 for more information.

“I think both youth and arts programs are priority investments in every community,” says Schmidt. “When you can support youth and arts together, it’s a win-win.”

The Papio Kinetic Sculpture Parade is sponsored in part by the Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Council of the Arts and Culture, and the State of Florida. Additional support provided by the Monroe County Tourist Development Council, Historic Tours of America, Margaritaville Key West Resort & Marina and Southernmost Beach Café.   Your Museums.  Your Community.  It takes an Island.
Meet Steve King: Papio Ambassador & Kinetic Sculpture Float Artist
March 30, 2017 — (Key West, FL).
​​Craftsman and inventor Steve King is one of several artists selected to be a “Papio Ambassador” for the Second Annual Key West Art & Historical Society Papio Kinetic Sculpture Parade, a mobile sculpture and art-bike processional that will roll through downtown Key West on Saturday, May 6, powered by the creativity and whimsy of artists and assemblers of all ages. King has been awarded $500 to help him with his creation, an amount divvied from more than $8,000 in support funds available for select artists and schools who have applied.

“It’s fun to wake up one morning with an inkling of an idea and to see that transform into a living, moving sculpture that can inspire others,” says the craftsman, designer, and boat builder with projects that have landed him on national television.  

While the 30-year Key Wester prefers to keep the details of his 2017 creation under wraps until parade day, he says it will be inspired by years of boat-building design, original concepts from unique light and clock sculptures and cameras, and a certain level of performance art King has become known for. 

“I love the no-rules, creative energy that Papio embodies,” he says. 

Key West Art & Historical Society has set aside funds for artists to explore their own creative inklings.  Available funds come in the form of ten $500 sponsorships for artists and six $400 scholarships for schools, made possible by ‘Papio Pals’ Historic Tours of America and Margaritaville Resort and Marina. Those interested in applying for support funds can visit papiokineticparade.com/sponsorships or contact Adele Williams at 305.295.6616 x 115 for more information. Businesses interested in becoming a Papio Pal by sponsoring individual artists, artist teams and/or school groups, contact Michael Gieda at 305-295-6616 x 103.

The Papio Kinetic Sculpture Parade was created in honor of the Florida Keys rebel folk artist Stanely Papio and is sponsored in part by the Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Council of the Arts and Culture, and the State of Florida. Additional support provided by the Monroe County Tourist Development Council, Historic Tours of America, Margaritaville Key West Resort & Marina and Southernmost Beach Café.   Your Museums.  Your Community.  It takes an Island.
Artist/inventor Steve King tinkers with “bits and bobs” in his Stock Island workshop in advance of the Second Annual Key West Art & Historical Society Papio Kinetic Sculpture Parade, a rolling spectacle of art, invention and whimsy set for Saturday, May 6 in downtown Key West.
Papio Who?  Key West Art & Historical Society Prepares to Kick off Parade and Honor Pioneering Florida Keys Folk Artist
​March 23, 2017 — (Key West, FL)
The Papio Kinetic Sculpture Parade— a family-friendly, art-inspired, human-powered, mobile sculpture and art-bike parade that celebrates creativity and innovation—is just around the bend, set to roll through downtown Key West on Saturday, May 6th, along with a bevy of special accompanying events on Friday the 5th and Sunday the 7th.  While many are “gearing up” their kinetic creations, some might be wondering, just who exactly is Papio, and why a parade named after him?

“Barefoot” Stanley Papio was a man whose ingenuity and spirit sparked our islands more than thirty years ago with his clever sense of satire, tenacity, and innovation, creating recycled metal sculptures that garnered him attention and respect as one of the Florida Keys’ pioneering folk artists.  He arrived in Key Largo in 1949, when the Upper Keys were little more than an isolated stretch of Highway U.S. 1, and lived there contentedly for many years using his welding skills acquired in the U.S. Army during World War II for both commercial and creative purposes. Over time, his yard, piled high with old cars, washing machines, and other metal appliances surrounded by a welded bedspring fence, became a treasure trove of recyclable materials that he transformed into art. 

Unfortunately, as the area developed and the gap between he and his neighbors diminished, what he saw as potential art, others simply called junk.   

“I don’t have a junkyard,” Papio once said. “That’s all my future works out there, but you can’t tell that to people with nothing in their heads.  Even when I’m done with something, they think it’s just garbage because it’s made out of junk.” 

Despite disagreeable neighbors and the mounting pressure they imposed (which included his being jailed six times for zoning violations), his innovative and rebellious spirit continue to evolve; Papio went on to create “satirical metal sculptures that depicted his neighbors, naysayers and people he considered to be ‘environmental rapists,’” says Key West Art & Historical Society Curator Cori Convertito, Ph.D.

“He transformed his collected metal into extraordinary pieces of art, many that tell a story of the defilement of the natural beauty of the Florida Keys,” says Convertito.

True to his irreverent nature, Papio renamed his welding shop “Stanley’s Art Museum” and charged a quarter for admission, creating a roadside exhibition of folk art for travelers as well as a repository for his often comical and caustic creations. Critics, collectors and museum owners eventually discovered this outsider artist, all recognizing his creativity, imagination, and remarkable welding skills.  Later, he exhibited his creations in Canada and his work toured Europe as part of the U.S. State Department’s America Now exhibition. He is listed in the Directory of American Folk Art and The World Encyclopedia of Naive Art. 

Papio’s vision to have a traveling exhibition ended when he died suddenly of a heart attack at the age of 67 in 1982. But his work, which was donated by his family to the Key West Art & Historical Society, is now housed at Fort East Martello Museum, where more than 100 of his restored sculptural objects and other three-dimensional constructions are exhibited in a climate-controlled, permanent exhibit.  While he never had the chance to have his own traveling exhibition, the spirit of his vision lives on in The Society’s Papio Kinetic Sculpture Parade, which features community-made kinetic sculpture float teams and art bikes created with his rebellious ingenuity, recyclability, and humor in mind. 

Channel your inner Papio and sign up to make your own kinetic sculpture float or art bike today, and add to the zany fun sure to be had on parade day, May 6th. For Parade registration information, event schedule, entry guidelines and sponsorship information, visit www.papiokineticparade.com. 

The Papio Kinetic Sculpture Parade is sponsored in part by the Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Council of the Arts and Culture, and the State of Florida. Additional support provided by the Monroe County Tourist Development Council, Historic Tours of America, Margaritaville Key West Resort & Marina and Southernmost Beach Café.  Your Museums.  Your Community.  It takes an Island
​The Rabbit” (left) and “The Preacher” (right) are among the Stanley Papio sculpture collection pieces on exhibit at Fort East Martello. (Photo contributed.)
​Portrait of sculptor Stanley Papio in Key Largo, Florida, 1977. (Photo provided by Florida Department of State, Division of Library & Information Services.)
​Key West Art & Historical Society Offers Stipends for Kinetic Coaches in Schools 
March 2, 2017 — (Key West, FL). 

The Second Annual Papio Kinetic Sculpture and Art Bike Parade is set for May 5-7, and the Key West Art & Historical Society seeks artists to help students in schools prepare and create dynamic moving artworks using STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) principals. 

Selected artists will receive a $1200 stipend to conduct a brainstorming session and two three-hour workshops with students at two different schools, presenting information on kinetic art principles and application, and team mobile sculpture idea development and production.  

“Artists will share their ideas and skills with the students, keeping them motivated and the project on track,” says Adele Williams, Society Director of Education. Interested artists can contact Williams at 305.295.6616 x 115. Deadline to apply is March 6th. Schools interested in participating can also inquire.   

The Papio Kinetic Sculpture Parade is sponsored in part by the Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Council of the Arts and Culture, and the State of Florida. Additional support provided by the Monroe County Tourist Development Council, Historic Tours of America, Margaritaville Key West Resort & Marina and Southernmost Beach Café. For Parade registration information, event schedule, entry guidelines and pre-parade workshop information, visit www.papiokineticparade.com.   Your Museums.  Your Community.  It takes an Island
Horace O’Bryant Middle School student Sadie Dodds employed a router last year in artist Jimmy Wray’s workshop to craft a wheel for her class’s 2016 Stanley Papio Kinetic Sculpture Parade entry. A limited number of stipends are available now for artists to lead students in the creation of entries for the Second Annual Papio Kinetic Sculpture and Art Bike Parade, set for May 5-7.
​Second Annual Papio Kinetic Sculpture and Art Bike Parade—Call for Artists, Builders, Assemblers 
March 2, 2017 — (Key West, FL). 

The Key West Art & Historical Society invites artists, builders and assemblers to put their creative and engineering genius to play and on display for the Second Annual Papio Kinetic Sculpture and Art Bike Parade, set for May 5-7.  

Small and simple or elegantly engineered, teams of any number and age are welcome to enter this pedaled or pushed sculpture parade. Registration is $25 for kinetic sculpture floats and $15 for art bikes, with registration fees waived for Society members. Cash prizes will be awarded for various categories. Registration deadline is Monday, May 1 for kinetic sculpture floats and May 6 for art bike entries (limited to first 100 registrants).  

For registration information, event schedule, entry guidelines and pre-parade workshop information, visit www.papiokineticparade.com or call Adele Williams, 305.295.6616 x 115.  

The Papio Kinetic Sculpture Parade is sponsored in part by the Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Council of the Arts and Culture, and the State of Florida. Additional support provided by the Monroe County Tourist Development Council, Historic Tours of America, Margaritaville Key West Resort & Marina and Southernmost Beach Café. Your Museums.  Your Community.  It takes an Island.
Virginia Wark glues cd’s to “Whirly-Giggles,” her art-bike entry for last year’s Key West Art & Historical Society Papio Kinetic Sculpture and Art Bike Parade. The second annual celebration of art in motion is set for May 5-7. "I love that in Key West the kind of thinking that turns trash into art is celebrated and encouraged,” says Wark.

February 2017

 Papio Ambassadors Sought: Artist in School Stipends Offered for the Key West Art & Historical Society’s Papio Kinetic Sculpture Parade
​​February 23, 2017 — (Key West, FL).

Are you an artist with a knack for engineering and teaching others the nuts and bolts of how things work? Does kinetic and recycled art make your heart spin?  The Key West Art & Historical Society, steward to the island’s art and history, is preparing to celebrate its Second Annual Papio Kinetic Sculpture and Art Bike Parade, set for May 5-7, and The Society is looking for artists for its STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) outreach program that focuses on kinetics  . 

“Artists will share their ideas and skills with the students, keeping them motivated and the project on track,” says Adele Williams, Society Director of Education.  “These selected artists will help students prepare and create dynamic sculptures that reflect the spirit of Papio while weaving in STEAM principles.”

Selected artists will receive a $1200 stipend to conduct a brainstorming session and two three-hour workshops with students at two different schools, presenting information on kinetic art principles and application, and team mobile sculpture idea development and production.

Inspired by and named for the late Keys artist Stanley Papio, a humorous rebel metal-artist who explored the value of recycled materials long before it was hip to be rusty, the parade will present human-powered mobile sculptures that will start at the Custom House Museum and travel down the length of Duval Street to its southernmost end. 

Papio events kick off on Friday, May 5 with a presentation on Stanley Papio and kinetic art from 6:00pm- 7:00pm at the Custom House Museum, followed by a reception on the porch. Parade day is Saturday May 6; with the parade of kinetic craftiness kicking off from the Custom House at noon, followed by an after-party at the Southernmost Beach from 1:00pm–3:00pm.  Sunday, May 7 is the Papio Picnic and Kinetic Kids Day at Fort East Martello Museum from 11:30am-3:00pm, featuring with family-friendly activities and food and libations for purchase.  Entrance to the museum that day will be free.

Interested artists can contact Adele Williams at 305.295.6616 x 115 for more information; deadline to apply is March 6th. Schools interested in participating can also inquire.  The Papio Kinetic Sculpture Parade is sponsored in part by the Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Council of the Arts and Culture, and the State of Florida. Additional support provided by the Monroe County Tourist Development Council, Historic Tours of America, Margaritaville Key West Resort & Marina and Southernmost Beach Café. For registration information, event schedule, entry guidelines and pre-parade workshop information, visit www.papiokineticparade.com or call Adele Williams, 305.295.6616 x 115.   Your Museums.  Your Community.  It takes an Island











​Students in last year’s 8th grade Horace O’Bryant Middle School STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) class, left to right: Andre Pena, Sadie Dodds, Pricilla Castro-Sanchez and Eszter Gurdon, worked with artist Jimmy Wray to prepare their entry for the 2016 Key West Art & Historical Society Stanley Papio Kinetic Sculpture Parade. Artist-mentors are currently sought to help students prepare and create sculptures for this year’s parade, set for May 5-7.
​Key West Montessori Charter School Principal Lynn Barras, Ed.M., pilots the “Peace Dove” past the Custom House Museum during last year’s inaugural Key West Art & Historical Society Stanley Papio Kinetic Sculpture Parade. Crafted of nearly 100% recycled materials and “feathers” made from milk jugs, the fabulous fowl was one of more than thirty kinetic creations that participated in 2016. Artist-mentors are currently sought to help students prepare and create sculptures for this year’s parade, set for May 5-7.
​On Michael Gieda's first day at work with the Key West Art & Historical Society, he checked out one of the society's three museums, Fort East Martello. Read More...
A people-powered parade of colorful mobile  sculptures rolled through Key West’s historic downtown Saturday, commemorating the late Florida Keys “junkman” Stanley Papio and his welded folk-art creations. Read More...
During the Papio Kinetic Sculpture Parade, more than a dozen floats and about 20 art bikes traveled the entire length of Key West’s Duval Street, led by a replica of a Papio folk-art creation called “The Rabbit.” Read More...

​“The Rabbit,” a kinetic sculpture, is rolled into position to begin the Papio Kinetic Sculpture Parade Saturday, May 14, 2016, in Key West, Fla.  Read More...

May 2016

​Getting Ready For the Parade—Virginia Wark glues cd’s to “Whirly-Giggles,” her art-bike entry for this Saturday’s Key West Art & Historical Society Papio Kinetic Sculpture Parade.  “It was a last minute inspiration,” said Wark, whose seemingly endless well of inventiveness has enlivened many a Key West happening. “A friend gave me the cd’s and I thought, ‘what have I got and what can I do with it…’ I love that in Key West the kind of thinking that turns trash into art is celebrated and encouraged.” Registration to participate in the cavalcade of totally human-powered works of art is still open to art-bike entrants—visit Papioskineticparade.com for more information.

May 5, 2016

PARADE IN KEY WEST​
Presented by Key West Art & Historical Society and produced by WonderDog Studios Creative Director Marky Pierson, the Stanley Papio Kinetic Parade is set for May 14 in Key West. This family-friendly, art-inspired, human-powered, mobile sculpture and art-bike parade is in honor of the late Papio, a pioneering folk artist who transformed the controversial metal collection piled high in his yard into extraordinary sculptural works.
The event spotlights the recycled creations of local artists in a parade, beginning at noon at the Custom House Museum, winding down Duval Street and finishing at the Southernmost Beach Café with awards, drinks, lunch and more. More than a dozen human-powered, kinetic sculpture floats are expected to be in the parade, followed by hundreds of art bikes.
Art bike entrants can register as late as 5-8 p.m. May 13 at the pre-parade pop-up party, which features a free performance in front of the Custom House Museum. Entries for floats are closed. For more information, call Adele Williams at 305-295-6616, ext. 115 or visit www.papioskineticparade.com.

Read more here from The Miami Herald.

​​May 5, 2016 

Papio Exhibit Opening Set for Saturday—Key West Art & Historical Society Executive Director Michael Gieda rubs elbows with “The Preacher,” a towering Stanley Papio sculpture at Fort East Martello Museum. The sculpture is one of more than 100 of the artist’s sculptural objects and three-dimensional constructions that will be featured in the new permanent exhibit— “Stanley Papio: Junkyard Rebel”—which opens to the public at Fort East Martello on Saturday, May 14 from 5:30-7:00pm with a free celebration featuring live music by Ben Harrison.  For more information, visit KWAHS.ORG. ​
Photo by Carol Tedesco

​​May 5, 2016 

​Gearing Up for the Parade—Featured artist Steve King gives his pedal and belt-driven creation some finishing touches in preparation for the Stanley Papio Kinetic Sculpture Parade, an event held in honor of pioneering folk artist Stanley Papio. Following in Papio’s footsteps, King used recycled materials in the construction of his creation “The Grinder,” combining wood, metal, bike parts and “bits and bobs” to create his gears-and-cogs-inspired design.  “It’s always great when you can share your art and ideas with the community,” says the custom home and boat builder.  King’s piece is among more than a dozen kinetic sculpture float entries that will wind down Duval street for the inaugural event that kicks off at noon on May 14th at the Custom House Museum and ends at the Southernmost Beach Café for an awards celebration at 1:00pm.  Registration is still open to new entrants—visit Papioskineticparade.com for more information.​
Photo by Carol Tedesco

​​April 28, 2016 

Rally Cry for Rebels and Renegades: Last Call for May 15th Papio Kinetic Sculpture Parade Entrants 
In less than a week, a groundswell of Florida Keys creatives and spectators will come together to applaud a rebellious welder-turned-metal artist while showcasing their own ingenious recycled creations during the inaugural Stanley Papio Kinetic Parade— a family-friendly, art-inspired, human-powered, mobile sculpture and art-bike parade set for noon on Saturday, May 14th.
 
The late Stanley Papio was a man ahead of his time, seeing art where others saw junk. The pioneering folk artist transformed the controversial metal collection piled high in his yard into extraordinary sculptural works— many of them comical and caustic commentary on neighbors and naysayers who wanted him to abide by zoning laws. While none of Papio’s sculptures were made to be mobile, the parade is a nod to both his legacy and collection of work and a wink to the rebel, outsider spirit in us all.
 
The one-hour cavalcade, presented by Key West Art & Historical Society and produced by WonderDog Studios Creative Director Marky Pierson, will start moving at noon from its starting location at the Custom House Museum and wind down Duval Street to land at the Southernmost Beach Café for revelry and fanfare with awards, drinks, food, and more. Participants and spectators alike are invited to embrace the zany and diverse culture found here in the Florida Keys by expressing themselves as they best see fit. 
 
“Celebrating artistry and diversity and letting people dream big and create the visions in their head are elements often found in our events,” says Pierson, co-producer of events that include the wildly successful Zombie Bike Ride, Cow Key Channel Bridge Run, and Key Lime Festival. “Creative and renegade people are our people, so we just provide a little organization for them to express themselves.”
 
More than a dozen human-powered, kinetic sculpture floats are expected to be in the parade, followed by hundreds of art bikes. Entrants can register as late as Friday the 13th from 5-8pm at the pre-parade pop-up party, which features a free performance by Patrick and the Swayzees and a full cash bar in front of the Custom House Museum.  While kinetic sculpture floats generally require some kinetic savvy and an investment of time to make all the parts move, Art Bikes are an easy entry for anyone looking to join in the fun. Simple, whimsical, futuristic, or fantastical, whatever works best for registrants is welcomed, though in the spirit of Papio, recycling is encouraged, wit and humor applauded.
 
“If you have an idea and some recycled materials you can have an art bike,” says Pierson.  “Costumes, sound makers, group entries, causes or political statements— all can be incorporated into your Saturday bike ride celebration. Dress up and get outside with a few hundred other wild bike enthusiasts.”
 
Society Executive Director Michael Gieda says the parade will be an annual event and believes it has “the potential to gain momentum and eventually be on the level with other kinetic offerings around the country.”
 
“We’ve purposely allowed participants to be in driver’s seat when it comes to creating their sculptures or art bikes,” says Gieda. “This event was organized with the intent to allow anyone to participate, regardless of skill level, and to allow people to express their creativity on a grand scale while parading down the island’s most notorious street.”
 
Surrounding the parade are an orbit of Papio-based events: in addition to the pop-up registration party on Friday, highlights include the lecture “The Legacy of Stanley Papio” presented by historian Sharon Wells at the Custom House Museum on Friday, May 13th at 4pm, the opening of the Junkyard Rebel: Stanley Papio permanent exhibit at Fort East Martello on Saturday, May 14th from 5:30-7pm, and a special exhibition of the parade’s Kinetic Sculptural Art Floats at Fort East Martello from 9:30am-4:30pm on Sunday, May 15th. See the full schedule here.
 
Sponsored in part by The Knight Foundation Knight Arts Challenge, The Helmerich Trust, the Community Foundation of the Florida Keys, and the Monroe County Tourist Development Council. For more information visit www.papioskineticparade.com or call Adele Williams (305) 295-6616 ext 115   
Your Museums.  Your Community.  It takes an Island. 
​(Left to right) Bob Wandras Jr., Key West Art & Historical Society Executive Director Michael Gieda, Melissa Jean McDaniel and Wonderdog Studios Creative Director Marky Pierson break out rain gear Wednesday for Wandras’ and McDaniel’s “Team Loco-Motion” Papio Kinetic Sculpture Parade entry work-in-progress. McDaniel and Wandras have used pieces from two children’s bikes, a wheel from a wheelchair, 2x4’s, pvc pipe, wires, pulleys, springs and “Juan Scary Mascot” in their kinetic sculpture float creation, which by the May 14 parade day will feature a giant cactus and a “surprise.”
 

Press Release - april 28, 2016

Human powered kinetic sculptures can range from the modest to the magnificent. This 'Kinetic Kensington' entry features a flight crew pumping a bicycle and paper mache-made airplane.
Human powered kinetic sculptures can be simple or over-the-top stupendous, like this 13-foot tall, twin-seated poodle sculpture named Fifi, annual belle of Kinetic Baltimore. Photo by Margie Hatch, KineticBaltimore.com 

Press Release - april 28, 2016

The Papio WHAT? 5 Fun Facts About the Stanley Papio Kinetic Sculpture Parade
​Key West Art & Historical Society brings the island’s creativity to a new level of celebration with its inaugural Papio Kinetic Sculpture Parade on Saturday, May 14th, with additional festivities on Friday
 and Sunday as well. Here’s the low-down if you’re just now tuning in:
 
1.     LET’S GET KINETIC! It’s a family-friendly, art-inspired, human-powered, mobile sculpture and art-bike parade! Think art with parts that move. Watch the one-hour cavalcade on May 14th wind down Duval Street, or BE in the parade (register first at papioskineticparade.com) that starts moving at noon at the Custom House Museum.
 
2.     NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY. No need to be the next Stanley Papio or Theo Jansen to make your own Kinetic Sculpture Float or Art Bike—some creative inclination mixed with a dash of kinetic savvy will do. Bust out with your own human-powered “Strandbeest” or pedal a cruiser in your best tutu with your toddler twins in tow— it’s all good. Not sure how to begin? Visitpapioskineticparade.com/what-is-a-kinetic-sculpture for some inspiration.
 
3.     WHO IS PAPIO, YOU ASK?  That would be the late Key Largo folk artist Stanley Papio,  rebellious welder-turned artist who explored recycled materials long before it was hip to be rusty. Papio transformed his collected metal— old cars, washing machines and other metal appliances piled high in his yard — into extraordinary pieces of art, many of them offering comical and caustic commentary on neighbors and naysayers.
 
While none of Papio’s sculptures were made to be mobile, the parade is a nod to both his legacy and collection of work— more than 100 sculptural objects and three-dimensional constructions housed in a newly renovated permanent exhibit at Fort East Martello, with a free opening celebration on Saturday, May 14th from 5:30-7pm featuring libations and music by Ben Harrison— and a wink to the rebel, outsider spirit in us all.
 
Want to know more about this pioneering folk artist? Check out the free kick-off presentation by historian Sharon Wells from 4-5pm on Friday, May 13th at the Custom House Museum. 
 
4.     PUT SOME FUNK INTO YOUR JUNK.  Human Powered Kinetic Sculpture Floats and Art Bikes can be simple, whimsical, futuristic, or fantastical—the only requirement is that they are physically moved by you (and/or a teammate(s)). Recycling is highly encouraged, wit and humor loudly applauded. Welding, wheels, gears, wire, or glue?—it’s entirely up to you. But choose soon—May 14th is looming, with cash prizes to entice you towards your best efforts!
 
5.     IT ALL BEGINS AND ENDS WITH A PARTY. Everyone can get kinetic the night before the parade (Friday the 13th from 5-8pm) with free performance by Patrick and the Swayzees and a full bar in front of the Custom House Museum, along with last-minute registration and volunteer sign-ups.  After the parade (Saturday, May 14th from 1-2:30), there will be revelry and fanfare at the Southernmost Beach Café with awards, drinks, food, and more.
 
Have some fun and make Papio proud—give a rebel yell and sign up now. Parade registration is $25 for Kinetic Sculpture Float teams and $15 for each Art Bike. Don’t forget to check out the parade’s creations with a special exhibition at Fort East Martello from 9:30am-4:30pm Sunday, May 15th. The creative spirit of the Florida Keys community is always a sight to behold!
 
Sponsored in part by The Knight Foundation Knight Arts Challenge, The Helmerich Trust, the Community Foundation of the Florida Keys, and the Monroe County Tourist Development Council.  For more information visit www.papioskineticparade.com or call Adele Williams, 305.295.6616 x 115.   
Your Museums.  Your Community.  It takes an Island. 

Press Release - april 28, 2016

​Key West Art & Historical Society Honors Pioneering Folk Artist Stanley Papio with Permanent Exhibit Opening
 
Stanley Papio saw art where others saw junk. The rebellious welder-turned-metal-artist  transformed the metal collection piled high in his yard into extraordinary works of art, many of them comical and caustic commentary on neighbors and naysayers who wanted him to conform to their imposed zoning laws. 
 
34 years after his death, Key West Art & Historical Society is proud to present the permanent exhibit of the pioneering Florida Keys folk artist. Stanley Papio: Junkyard Rebel opens Saturday, May 14th with a special reception from 5:30pm-7:00pm at Fort East Martello Museum, 3501 S. Roosevelt Blvd in conjunction with that afternoon’s inaugural Papio Kinetic Sculpture Parade.
 
“Papio and his artwork embody the Florida Keys,” says Society Curator Cori Convertito, PhD. “When confronted repeatedly, he began using his artwork to fight back; to oppose the environmental defilers and neighbors that tried pushing him out of Key Largo. 
 
“It’s that spirit that earns him the title of ‘Rebel’,” she continues. “He had passion for his artwork, for what he offered the community.  The Society is harnessing that passion in the exhibition, and I am chuffed to be involved in bringing overdue attention and respect to one of the Florida Keys’ pioneering folk artists.”
 
Though Papio gained some acknowledgement of his work by a handful of museum professionals, like many folk artists, he was not truly recognized for his remarkable artistic abilities until after his death. When Papio passed suddenly in 1982, the Society acquired his collection— more than 100 sculptural objects and three-dimensional constructions, which will now live permanently in the Fort museum’s newly renovated, climate-controlled gallery.
 
“His family in Canada was keen on the collection staying together, ideally in the Florida Keys,” says Convertito. “Since the Key West Art & Historical Society was the principal historical institution in the region, it was fitting that The Society received the donation of artwork from Papio’s family.”
 
For many years the collection was given little attention due to management shifts from within the organization, but when The Society came under the curatorial direction of Convertito and the executive direction of Michael Gieda, it was recognized for its significance and plans were laid out to help put Papio in his proper place.    
 
“Having such a comprehensive body of Papio’s work is central to the Society’s mission of preserving the art of the Florida Keys,” says Convertito. “We are elated to be able to honor his legacy with the Kinetic Parade and give visitors the opportunity to appreciate his brilliant mind and remarkable skills with our new gallery of his work.”
 
The exhibit is sponsored in part by the Monroe County Tourist Development Council. For more information, contact Cori Convertito, PhD at 305.295.6616 x 112.   
Your Museums.  Your Community.  It takes an Island.
​Key West Art & Historical Society Curator Cori Convertito, PhD., keeps company with two towering Stanley Papio sculptures. A new KWAHS permanent exhibit, "Stanley Papio: Junkyard Rebel" will open to the public at Fort East Martello, Saturday evening, May 14.
Photo by Carol Tedesco

Press Release - april 21, 2016

​Student's Kinetic Sculptures are Full "STEAM" Ahead
​Everyone loves a parade, and some of our island’s educators are loving it even more. Among the many artists and creatives preparing their human-powered sculptures for the May 14th Stanley Papio Kinetic Sculpture Parade are a handful of teachers creatively engaging in STEAM initiatives as they work with students in creating their own kinetic art sculptures.
 
Seana Cameron  and her sixth graders at HOB are one of five Key West schools (Key West Collegiate Academy, Key West Montessori Charter School, Sigsbee Charter School and Horace O’Bryant Elementary School) awarded scholarships to help fund the transformation of tricycles into Kinetic Sculpture Floats. The project is providing them countless opportunities to tap into STEAM, an educational approach to learning that uses Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics as access points for guiding student inquiry, dialogue, and critical thinking.  
 
“The students revel in the problem-solving and the puzzling of how it will work,” says Cameron, who has been teaching for more than 29 years. “They are playful and even have a sense of aesthetic and style that must accompany any project.”
 
STEAM is an acronym that might be more familiar as STEM— The “A” (for Art/Design) has recently been government mandated into the STEM initiative which aims to support students in reaching their full potential, creating the future innovators, educators, leaders and learners of the 21st century.  Cameron’s methods of teaching integrate all curricular areas and she relies heavily on the development of ideas through discussion and exploration, learning that is at the heart of STEAM.
 
“The process for this construction is further enriched by asking of ourselves what the story or narrative of the piece is,” she says. “Without a narrative it is simply an object that moves. The narrative begets the art.”   
 
Key West Art & Historical Society Education Director Adele Williams is visiting the participating schools with a presentation on late Keys folk artist Stanley Papio, a humorous rebel metal-artist who explored the value of recycled materials long before it was hip to be rusty.
 
“A kinetic parade is the perfect amalgamation of STEAM subjects,” says Williams. “If students are provided with a practical application for areas that they have been studying, the cross-disciplinary learning can't help but happen.”
 
While none of Papio’s sculptures were intended to move, the parade reflects his rebel approach to art and life. Williams’ presentation offers students examples of his work and demonstrates varying principals of kinetics that could be applied to their kinetic sculpture floats. (The presentation will also be made available online at  www.papioskineticparade.com).
 
The family-friendly event is open to anyone, regardless of age or artistic level, and aims to honor Papio while promoting the artistic culture of the Florida Keys. 
 
“So far, I’ve really enjoyed watching the problem solving, collaboration and creativity,” says Cameron.
 
And all of this before the actual parade has even started. 
 
Registration for parade entrants is $25 for Kinetic Sculpture Floats and $15 for Art Bikes; cash prizes will be awarded for various categories. Deadline is May 1st for Kinetic Sculpture Floats and May 12th for Art Bike entries (limited to first 100 registrants). Artist timeline and expectations can be found here: www.papioskineticparade.com/artist-timeline.htm.
 
The Papio Kinetic Sculpture Parade supported in part by The Knight Foundation Knight Arts Challenge, The Helmerich Trust, the Community Foundation of the Florida Keys, and the Monroe County Tourist Development Council.  For registration information, event schedule, entry guidelines and pre-parade workshop information, visit www.papioskineticparade.com or call Adele Williams, (305)295-6616 ext. 115  
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​Members of Ms. Seana Cameron’s 6th grade Horace O’Bryant Middle School STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) class investigate the possibilities of a roller-coaster theme as they plan their entry for the upcoming Papio Kinetic Sculpture Parade. Clockwise left to right: Sadie Dodds, Andrea Pena, Nelson Sawyer, teacher Seana Cameron, Kendra Johnson, Kenniah Chapman, Angela Boeskool, Alexandro Lopez and David Fernandez.
​​Left to right, Pricilla Castro-Sanchez, Sadie Dodds, Andre Pena and Nelson Sawyer, students in Ms. Seana Cameron’s Horace O’Bryant Middle School 6th grade STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) class show sketches of kinetic art sculpture possibilities in their Papio Kinetic Sculpture Parade planning journals.

Press Release - april 14, 2016

Key West Art & Historical Society Announces Opening of Stanley Papio Gallery at Fort East Martello Museum 
Exhibit 
Key West Art & Historical Society
Stanley Papio: Junkyard Rebel
May 14, 2016
Contact:  Cori Convertito, PhD, 305.295.6616 x 112.  
Fort East Martello Museum, 3501 S. Roosevelt Blvd., Key West
KWAHS.ORG/Exhibits

​Key West Art & Historical Society is proud to present the permanent exhibit opening of pioneering Florida Keys folk artist Stanley Papio in Stanley Papio: Junkyard Rebel which opens Saturday, May 14th in the newly renovated gallery at Fort East Martello Museum, 3501 S. Roosevelt Blvd..
 
The rebellious welder-turned-metal-artist transformed old cars, washing machines and other metal appliances piled high in his yard into extraordinary works of art, many of them comical and caustic commentary on neighbors and naysayers who wanted him to conform to their imposed zoning laws. When Papio passed in 1982, the Society acquired his collection— more than 100 sculptural objects and three-dimensional constructions, which will now live permanently in the museum’s newly renovated, climate-controlled gallery.
 
Stanley Papio: Junkyard Rebel will open with a special reception from 5:30pm-7:00pm on May 14th in conjunction with the Papio Kinetic Sculpture Parade.  Sponsored in part by the Monroe County Tourist Development Council. For more information, contact Cori Convertito, PhD at 305.295.6616 x 112.   Your Museums.  Your Community.  It takes an Island.

Press Release - april 14, 2016

A Passion for Papio:  Historian Sharon Wells and Her Story of Stanley— ​Artist and historian Sharon Wells knows a good thing when she sees it.  In 1982, the then state historian for the Historic Florida Keys Preservation Board received a phone call from fellow historian Love Dean: Key Largo folk artist Stanley Papio had died and the fate of his work was in question.  Wells hopped in her car and drove up to mile marker 101 to document what the rebellious welder-turned-artist had left behind.
 
Wells had heard of Papio and his yard towering with old car parts, washing machines and other metal that he transformed into extraordinary works of art, but she’d only ever driven by the “Stanley’s Art Museum” sign where curious travelers would stop and pay the 25 cent entry fee to view the satirical metal sculptures depicting his neighbors, naysayers and people he considered to be ‘environmental rapists’ who wanted him conform to their imposed zoning laws. 
 
“It was astounding,” says Wells. “My immediate feeling was that they were like Calders and Picassos.” 
 
While people worked to rid the property of what they deemed as “junk,” Wells quickly photographed what she could, returning to Key West with wheels in motion to salvage his work.  Papio’s brother, heir to the collection, decided they belonged in the Keys and would gift them to an institution who agreed to keep them intact, so she made prints and brought them to the the Key West Art & Historical Society board, suggesting the sculptures be housed at Fort East Martello Museum. 
 
Though not unanimous (some saw rust while others saw art), they voted to accept, and soon Wells, Dean, and former Society Executive Director Barbara Hodgens were on their way to collect the creations – more than 100 sculptural objects and three-dimensional constructions— with the help of a Society maintenance man who un-welded the fence made of bedframes so they could be stacked along with the other pieces into two rented U-Hauls. 
 
“The stuff was heavy as hell!” laughs Wells.  “It was quite an ordeal.  But it was worth it.  I love that collection.” 
 
Wells wrote and was funded a National Endowment for the Arts grant to document and research Papio’s work. Next came two state grants for conservation, which brought expert Phoebe Weil –who also worked on the Vatican—into the mix, assessing each piece and providing a workshop for nearly 20 volunteers to help conserve nearly all the rusted pieces that were “a mess,” says Wells, who joined the Society board at this time.  With the collection ready for display, aside from three chrome pieces on exhibit at the Custom House Museum, all of the sculptures remain at the Fort.
 
Unfortunately, due to management shifts from within the organization, for many years they were given little attention, and the momentum for Papio was lost.  But when the Society came under the executive direction of Michael Gieda and the curatorial direction of Cori Convertito, their enthusiasm brought Wells back on board. 
 
“I called and asked his opinion of Papio,” she said.  “He quickly responded that it was a very important part of the museum’s collection that he wanted to focus on. We inventoried the pieces and that reawakened my own desire to get them in a proper setting so that more people could appreciate them.” 
 
The Society has since worked diligently to present his work and reacquaint the community with the artist who so deftly embodies the creative essence of the Florida Keys. It is proud to present the permanent exhibit opening of Stanley Papio: Junkyard Rebel on Saturday, May 14th from 5:30pm-7:00pm in the newly renovated gallery at Fort East Martello Museum, 3501 S. Roosevelt Blvd. 
 
The exhibit opens in conjunction with the inaugural Papio Kinetic Sculpture Parade, which kicks off in front of the Custom House Museum with a pop-up party and registration from 5-8pm on Friday the 13th; the family-friendly, human-powered art sculpture and art bike parade that will wind its way down Duval Street on Saturday at 12:00pm on May 14th, and end with a kinetic sculpture exhibition of the parade’s offerings at Fort East Martello from 12-6 on Sunday, May 15th.
 
 “In my opinion, Papio is one of the true artists of the Florida Keys in the 20th century,” says Wells.  “He was a talented welder and an untutored sculptor whose ingenuity and craftsmanship really described his own personal world in the vernacular of our region.  The Society is doing a great thing by reviving his story and exhibiting his work for all to see.”
 
Sponsored in part by the Monroe County Tourist Development Council. For more information, contact Cori Convertito, PhD at 305.295.6616 x 112.   Your Museums.  Your Community.  It takes an Island.
Historian and photographer Sharon Wells documents a pair of Stanley Papio sculptures, “The Water-skier” (left) and “World War I Doughboy” (right) at Fort East Martello. Wells was instrumental in facilitating the acquisition of more than 100 of the rebel artist’s works by the Key West Art & Historical Society.
Photo by Carol Tedesco

Press Release - April 7,2016

​With a rebel yell: Remembering artist Stanley Papio 
There’s a kinetic parade coming to town on May 14th that celebrates creativity, innovation, and a Florida Keys man well ahead of his time: Stanley Papio, a folk artist with a clever sense of satire and a tenacity that continues to reverberate 34 years after his passing.
“Barefoot” Stanley Papio arrived in Key Largo in 1949, when the upper Keys were little more than an isolated stretch of highway on U.S. 1. He contentedly lived at Mile Marker 101 for many years, using his welding skills acquired in the U.S. Army during World War II for both commercial and creative purposes. Over time, his yard, piled high with old cars, washing machines, and other metal appliances all surrounded by a welded bed spring fence, became a treasure trove of recyclable materials that he would transform into art.

Unfortunately, as the area developed and the space between he and his neighbors diminished, what he saw as potential art, others simply called junk.

“I don’t have a junkyard,” Papio once said. “That’s all my future works out there, but you can’t tell that to people with nothing in their heads. Even when I’m done with something, they think it’s just garbage because it’s made out of junk.”

Despite disagreeable neighbors and the mounting pressure they imposed (which included his being jailed 6 times for zoning violations), his innovative and rebellious spirit would continue to evolve; Papio went on to create “satirical metal sculptures that depicted his neighbors, naysayers and people he considered to be ‘environmental rapists,’” says Key West Art & Historical Society Curator Cori Convertito, PhD.

“He transformed his collected metal into extraordinary pieces of art, many that tell a story of the defilement of the natural beauty of the Florida Keys,” says Convertito.

True to his irreverent nature, Papio renamed his welding shop “Stanley’s Art Museum” and charged a quarter for admission, inadvertently creating a roadside exhibition of folk art for travelers as well as a repository for his often comical and caustic creations. Critics, collectors and museum owners eventually discovered this outsider artist, all recognizing his creativity, imagination, and remarkable welding skills. He later exhibited in Canada, and again in Europe as part of the U.S. State Department’s America Now exhibition tour, and has since been listed in the Directory of American Folk Art and The World Encyclopedia of Naive Art.

Papio’s vision to have a traveling exhibition ended abruptly when he died suddenly of a heart attack at the age of 67 in 1982. But the essence of Stanley Papio would live on through his work, which was donated by his family shortly after his death to the Key West Art and Historical Society. Today, the Society houses more than 100 of his restored sculptural objects and other three­dimensional constructions at Fort East Martello Museum and is in eager preparation to unveil a newly renovated, climate­controlled permanent exhibit of his work.

“He is long overdue for attention and respect as one of the Florida Keys’ pioneering folk artists,” says Convertito. “The Society is elated to give Papio his just desserts; honoring his legacy with the Kinetic Parade and a permanent exhibition.”

In the meantime, The Society encourages the community to invoke the spirit of Papio by putting together their own kinetic sculpture float teams or art bike for the Inaugural Papio Kinetic Sculpture Parade on May 14th. Chances are you’ve got something to say and neighbors that won’t mind a bit if you raid their recycling bins­ so sign up now!

Details on the May 14th exhibit are coming soon; For parade information, event schedule, registration, entry guidelines and pre­parade workshop information, visit www.papioskineticparade.com. The Papio Kinetic Sculpture Parade is supported in part by The Knight Foundation Knight Arts Challenge, The Helmerich Trust, the Community Foundation of the Florida Keys, and the Monroe County Tourist Development Council.
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Press Release - March 24, 2016

Free Workshop at Coast on Saturday for Papio Kinetic Sculpture Parade Participants— Sparks fly as Alison Higgins and Gabriel Price begin the process of creating their team’s entry, “Awesoma the Narwhal Queen,” for the upcoming Papio Kinetic Sculpture Parade, a three-day celebration of art bikes and human-powered moving sculpture set for May 13-15, 2016. For those interested in creating their own human-powered moving sculpture or art bike entry, a free workshop offering technical information on kinetic know-how, kinetic ideas and resources to support float-building will be offered Saturday, April 2, from 9a.m. to 1p.m. at Coast, 6404 Front Street, Stock Island. Created and presented by the Key West Art & Historical Society, the parade is inspired by and named for the late Keys artist Stanley Papio, a humorous rebel metal-artist who explored the value of recycled materials long before it was hip to be rusty. Supported in part by The Knight Foundation Knight Arts Challenge, The Helmerich Trust, the Community Foundation of the Florida Keys, and the Monroe County Tourist Development Council.  For more information about this free workshop and the Papio Kinetic Sculpture Parade, contact Adele Williams, Director of Education, at 305-295-6616, ext. 106 or visit papioskineticparade.com

Alison Higgins and Gabe Price of the AWESOMA THE NARWHAL QUEEN Team. Photo by Carol Tedesco​.

press release - March 10, 2016 

​Key West Art & Historical Society Puts Spin on Community Art with Papio Kinetic Sculpture Parade
 Key West has long been known for its creative community and the many galleries that showcase some of its best artists.  Key West Art & Historical Society, steward to the island’s arts and history, is bringing that creativity to a new level of celebration with its inaugural Papio Kinetic Sculpture Parade, set for May 13-15. 
 Inspired by and named for the late Keys artist Stanley Papio, a humorous rebel metal-artist who explored the value of recycled materials long before it was hip to be rusty, the parade will present human-powered mobile sculptures that will start at the Custom House Museum and travel down the length of Duval Street to the southernmost end of it, followed by an exhibit of the floats the next day at Fort East Martello, where Papio’s remaining sculptures are on display. While none of Papio’s sculptures were intended to move, the parade reflects his rebel approach to art and life. 
 
 “Naming the parade after the artist was a nod to both his legacy and body of work,” says Society Executive Director Michael Gieda. “For me, his art and approach captures the rebel, outsider spirit that permeates through the Florida Keys.”
 
 Artists, builders, and assemblers will put their creativity and engineering genius to play in the creation of Kinetic Sculpture Floats and Art Bikes.  Small and simple or elegantly engineered, teams of any number and age are welcome to enter this pedaled or pushed sculpture parade; for those requiring a bit of inspiration or assistance, a kinetic workshop will be offered on Saturday, April 2nd, at Coast (6404 Front Street, Stock Island) from 9am -1pm.
 
 Registration for parade entrants is $25 for Kinetic Sculpture Floats and $15 for Art Bikes; cash prizes will be awarded for various categories. Deadline is May 1st for Kinetic Sculpture Floats and May 12th for Art Bike entries (limited to first 100 registrants). Artist timeline and expectations can be found here: www.papioskineticparade.com/artist-timeline.htm.
 
“This event is open to anyone, regardless of age or artistic level, willing to create a sculpture or an art bike,” says Gieda.  “The real purpose of the event is to offer a family-friendly event that reflects and promotes the artistic culture of the Florida Keys.”
 
 So far, Key West Collegiate Academy, Key West Montessori Charter School, Sigsbee Charter School and Horace O’Bryant Elementary School have been awarded scholarships to help fund the transformation of tricycles donated by We Cycle Bike Shop into Kinetic Sculpture Floats.  Interested schools can contact Adele Williams, Society Director of Education. 
 
 The event kicks off in front of the Custom House Museum with a pre-registration party featuring Patrick and the Swayzees from 5-8pm on Friday, May 13th; the parade itself beginning at noon on Saturday, May 14th followed by a party at the Southernmost Beach, and ending the next day with a kinetic sculpture exhibition of the parade’s offerings at Fort East Martello from 12-6 on Sunday, May 15th.
 
 “The long term goal is to scale the parade to contend with other kinetic events throughout the county,” says Gieda, referring to major kinetic parades and races in Baltimore, Denver, Port Townsend, Eureka, and Corvallis.
 
 With the creativity and enthusiasm found here, chances are they’ll do just that in no time. 
 
 The Papio Kinetic Sculpture Parade supported in part by The Knight Foundation Knight Arts Challenge, The Helmerich Trust, the Community Foundation of the Florida Keys, and the Monroe County Tourist Development Council.  For registration information, event schedule, entry guidelines and pre-parade workshop information, visit www.papioskineticparade.com or call Adele Williams, (305) 295-6616 ext. 115   
Your Museums.  Your Community.  It takes an Island.
​​ Key West-based artist, craftsman and inventor Steve King begins "gearing-up" for the Key West Art & Historical Society Papio Kinetic Art Parade, a wacky and wondrous display of moving art set to hit the streets of Key
​Key West Art & Historical Society Executive Director Michael Gieda rubs elbows with a towering Stanley Papio sculpture at Fort East Martello Museum. Gieda's organization has won a prestigious Knight Arts Challenge People's Choice Award and a Community Foundation of the Florida Keys grant to assist in production of a Key West Kinetic Sculpture Parade named for the rebel artist. Each Knight Arts Challenge People's Choice Award nominee began as one of 75 finalists in the 2014 Knight Arts Challenge, a competition that rewards the best and most innovative ideas for the arts. 
Photo Credit: Carol Tedesco
​ Kinetic sculptures can be simple, spectacular, futuristic or whimsical, like this fanciful, human powered pot and flower photographed by Anthony Sheler at the 2012 Corvallis, Oregon da Vinci Days Grand Kinetic Challenge.
Photo Credit: Anthony Sheler / www.ashdr.com