“THE RECYCLED ORCHESTRA” EXHIBIT AT MIM

On exhibit now at the Musical Instrument Museum

Exhibit displays instruments from remarkable group

Amid a massive landfill in Cateura, Paraguay, children find hope by making music on instruments built from recycled trash. In a slum town where families survive by collecting and reselling garbage (and where a violin can cost more than a house), a visionary music teacher gathered a small team to plunder the landfill for materials and construct an ensemble of “recycled” instruments. In just a few years, their innovation has led to a thriving music school in Cateura and a youth orchestra that performs internationally. For members of the Recycled Orchestra, material poverty is not an obstacle to a life rich with music. They have each learned to value greatly how music impacts their lives, helping them express creativity, build self-confidence, and strengthen community.

The Musical Instrument Museum features the inspiring story and the innovative instruments of the Recycled Orchestra through a Latin America gallery exhibit and docent mini-tours. The Recycled Orchestra exhibit features eight recycled instruments from Paraguay as well as video and images of the youth orchestra and the environment of Cateura.

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Fun at the Phoenix Public Library

The library doesn’t have to only be about reading. The Burton Barr Central Library has a program called MACH 1 which welcomes anybody from artists to hackers. MACH has programs for the video game designers, video editors, coders, and much more. There are even lessons for 3D modeling. Now your weekday evenings can be filled with fun and rewarding expierences.

Website for more details and dates/times

http://www.phoenixpubliclibrary.org/teens/Pages/MACH/MACH.aspx

 

How to Make a Table Out of Pallets

One of my favorite DIY guys on the web is Shane @ Beachbumlivin because he gives entertaining, yet clear instructions for simple and cool projects that I like.  See for yourself if you want to make a coffee table for little to no out of pocket $$.