Free Adults-Only Night at the Toy and Miniature Museum

Free Adults-Only Night at the Toy and Miniature Museum Explore Trash or Treasure? The Curious Items and Strange Artifacts of Just Colcord

March 4, 2013 (KANSAS CITY, Mo.) – Looking for something FREE and different to do in Kansas City with friends or that special someone? Explore the Toy and Miniature Museum’s newest exhibition Trash or Treasure? The Curious Items and Strange Artifacts of Just Colcord at Adults-Only Night on March 7 and April 25 from 5-8 pm. Colcord explores the streets of Kansas City for discarded treasure to transform into characters with elaborate stories: a robot, a heist team, or a wizard with a miniature lair. Each creation evolves from other’s trash, repurposed and reborn into a new lifecycle. Experience Colcord’s evolving, organic characters in stop motion films, talk with the artist, and use your own imagination to create a character and storyline from recycled items.

Myron, Colcord’s first figure, is a streetwise, artful dodger who summoned the others into existence. “I like to work with old things. I want to create and transform. I’m going to look for the rusty screws—I’m looking for the things that are organic,” Colcord said. Colcord views himself as the father, facilitator, believer, and builder of his characters. He finds inspiration in his surrounding environment, literature, and pop culture.

This is Colcord’s first museum exhibition of his work alongside his stop motion films. A self-trained, RAW artist, Colcord began creating toys out of found materials in 2011. He usually spends a year exploring a particular vein of art—his past endeavors have included a cast of puppets, handmade jugging balls, and carved wooden wands.

Trash or Treasure? will be on view March 6 – June 9, 2013 at the Toy and Miniature Museum of Kansas City.

WHAT: Adults-Only Night

WHERE: The Toy and Miniature Museum of Kansas City
5235 Oak Street Kansas City, MO 64112 On the campus of the University of Missouri- Kansas City. Just minutes from the Country Club Plaza.

WHEN: Thursday, March 7, 2013 Thursday, April 25, 2013 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.Explore Trash or Treasure? Meet and interact with the artist, Just Colcord. Watch Colcord’s stop motion films. Release your creativity—make a character from recycled materials. Explore the museum with a self-guided tour.

COST:FREE

Celebrating the Past and Envisioning the Future The Toy and Miniature Museum of Kansas City is devoted to the art of the imagination. Since 1982, the Museum has delighted visitors with the world’s largest collection of miniatures, well-loved antique toys and marbles. With 38 rooms to explore and year-round programming, the Museum experience is a joyful reconnection with the beauty and craft of play. Discover the Museum for the first time, or the hundredth time, during the Museum’s yearlong 30th anniversary celebration and as its transitions to the National Museum of Toys and Miniatures. For more information, call 816.235.8000 or visit www.toyandminiaturemuseum.org.

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