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February 19, 2020 — (Key West, FL).  Sponsors sought: Be one of “Papio’s Pals” and help support kinetic parade education outreach 

Every year since 2016, Key West Art & Historical Society has partnered with Wonderdog Productions to offer a creative and zany parade of kinetic revelry inspired by and named for the late Florida 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. And each year, a limited number of individual artists, artist teams, and local school STEM class teams receive financial support from ‘Papio’s Pals’ – generous businesses and community members – to help propel the creation of their kinetic sculpture floats entries.

Businesses and individuals interested in becoming a 2020 Papio’s Pal please contact Key West Art & Historical Society Executive Director Michael Gieda at 305-295-6616 x 103. Powered by creative community members and Key West students under the leadership of Kinetic Coaches, the family-friendly “Papio Kinetic Sculpture and Art Bike Parade” is set to roll at noon on Saturday, April 4 in front of the Custom House Museum, 281 Front Street, and is sponsored in part by the Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, and the State of Florida; The Helmerich Trust; Destination Florida, Law Offices of Samuel J. Kaufman, P.A., and Margaritaville Key West Resort & Marina.   Your Museums.  Your Community.  It takes an Island.


Artist Suzanne Brown, who has served as a ‘Kinetic Coach’ for several school teams in past years, guides students in cutting a pattern from plywood for a previous Papio Kinetic Sculpture Parade entry.