With the understanding that a community is the product of its interlocking pieces, Mercer Island Center for the Arts (MICA) has partnered with educator, Islander and Lego artist, Alice Finch, and Eagle Scout candidate and Mercer Island High School student, Connor Hill, for its summer 2016 programs.
The design of the future arts center situated in Mercerdale Park will be represented in a Lego model for all to visit and explore and a play area where everyone is invited to create their own art out of Lego bricks.
MICA unveiled the “Brick by Brick: Building MICA Together” booth at Summer Celebration. The booth featured a Lego play area, organized by Hill, and a Lego model, built by Finch, that demonstrates what the Center will look like. The booth will also be at Pianos in the Park, Mostly Music in the Park, Mercer Island Farmers Market and other summer events.
During the Summer Celebration unveiling, visitors interacted with MICA in multiple ways as they explored the special Lego model to see how the future Center for the Arts fits to be a year-round gathering place for all, created new art in the Lego play area, shared in the visioning for future programs with My MICA is … sticky note board and showed support by becoming a Friend of MICA.
MICA’s partners in the project are two examples of the multi-talented community members who live on Mercer Island.
Finch started building with LEGO again when her older son needed a building companion.
A former award-winning middle school teacher, Finch realized that building isn’t just for little kids — it’s creative, inspiring and fun for big kids too.
Her first model was Hogwarts Castle, which grew to contain 400,000 bricks. In her LEGO room at her home on Mercer Island, she continues to spend time with her two young sons and to build ridiculously huge models out of little bricks. Her work has been published in many books and she is a featured builder in the documentary “A LEGO Brickumentary.”
Understanding that creating with LEGO bricks is fun for all ages, MICA created a Build with Us brick play area with the leadership and coordination of MIHS student Hill for his Eagle Scout project.
Hill is a member of Mercer Island Boy Scout Troop 647.
”The LEGO model of the future MICA building will promote MICA and get the Mercer Island community excited about its future building,” Hill said in a statement. “The work that I will be doing is important because it complements the model and gives kids a place to demonstrate their creativity while their parents might ask MICA representatives questions.”
Mercer Island Center for the Arts is a nonprofit community venture, working closely with the city, resident arts organizations and individual community members to create the future Center for the Arts on Mercer Island.
MICA has created several resources to provide detailed information and updates on the conception and planning for the Center. These informational materials, MICA board members and staff will be on hand at the “Brick by Brick: Building MICA Together” booth at summer events.
Readers can also obtain information on frequently asked questions by visiting MercerIslandArts.org/FAQ, emailing askMICA@MercerIslandArts.org or by visiting the MICA office at 7710 SE 29th St.
Details about all the summer arts events can be found on the Mercer Island Arts Calendar, online at MercerIslandArts.org/Calendar, one of the community resources MICA is providing before the Center is constructed.