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March 28, 2018— (Key West, FL).  Historic Tours of America Join Papio’s Pals for Kinetic Parade Education Outreach and Artist Stipends with Sponsorship

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 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, Jimmy Lane Realty, Premier Painting, Keys Insulation, Keys Camping Gear, and Blue on White Vacation Rentals. Your Museums.  Your Community.  It takes an Island.


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. ###