April 3, 2019— (Key West, FL).  Margaritaville Resort Joins Papio’s Pals for Kinetic Parade Education Outreach with Donation

For the third year in a row, Magaritaville Key West Resort & Marina has presented Key West Art & Historical Society with a $2400 donation towards their “Papio’s Pals” Kinetic Coaches in schools education program fund. This year’s donation helps to support eight groups of students assisted by Kinetic Coaches in the creation of wild and whimsical kinetic sculpture floats that will be part of the upcoming fourth annual Papio Kinetic Sculpture and Art Bike Parade, set for a noon kickoff on May 4.

The parade is the centerpiece of a full weekend of kinetic revelry running May 3-5, inspired by and named for the late Florida 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 Society—stewards to Papio’s collection of more than 100 sculptures on rotating display at Fort East Martello Museumannually organizes school and artist sponsorships that help propel select registrants forward in their creation of kinetic sculpture floats which they will parade down Duval Street with other registered entrants during the annual spectacular tribute to art with parts that move.

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

Businesses interested in becoming a Papio’s 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 and Art Bike Parade – now celebrating its fourth year – is presented by Key West Art & Historical Society, co-produced by Wonderdog Productions, and sponsored in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Council of the Arts and Culture, and the State of Florida, The Helmerich Trust, Key TV, Keys Weekly, Law Offices of Samuel J. Kaufman, Monroe County Tourist Development Council, Historic Tours of America, and Margaritaville Key West Resort & Marina.  Your Museums.  Your Community.  It takes an Island.

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Key West Art & Historical Society Executive Director Michael Gieda (left) and Margaritaville Key West Resort & Marina General Manager Diane Schmidt spend some quality time with a Stanley Papio sculpture installation at Fort East Martello Museum. Since 2017, Schmidt’s company has donated $2400 annually to the KWAHS Kinetic Coaches in schools program for the Papio Kinetic Sculpture Parade.