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What if the box is more exciting than what was inside?

The Matthews, through the work of ArtCentral, will host Cardboard Chaos, an interactive creative makerspace for all ages, in the Matthews Art Gallery.

Opening day!

Cardboard Chaos will have an opening event at 3-5 p.m., Friday, Feb. 3, in the art gallery.

Normal hours will be Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. from February 4-25. The event is free and open to everyone.

What is Cardboard Chaos?

CC-logo-webCardboard Chaos is an interactive creative makerspace where children and adults can delve into their imaginations to construct artwork, toys, and create play areas out of cardboard. Cardboard, an assortment of other materials, and tools to unleash imaginations will be provided. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

“I am so excited for this project,” said Kate Kelley, Cardboard Chaos committee chair. “This will be a fun place for people to come and use their imaginations by creating whatever they want using cardboard and simple craft tools. It is the first project to come out of ArtCentral, which is funded by a Community Innovation Grant from the Bush Foundation. If Cardboard Chaos is well-received, then we hope to offer this event in other locations for our community to enjoy during winter months.”

“The ArtCentral Committee has been working hard over the last several months. It is great to see our discussions transition into actions,” said Elizabeth Freer, ArtCentral Manager. “This project is just the beginning of our work and I am looking forward to seeing the positive impact of the arts on our community.”

The Matthews Opera House & Arts Center was selected in 2016 as a recipient of a $200,000 Bush Foundation Community Innovation grant for ArtCentral, a community collaboration to centralize the arts as an integrated asset for inclusivity, economic development, and sustained outreach in the Spearfish community. Community Innovation grants support organizations, working in collaboration with others, to use problem-solving processes that lead to more effective, equitable and sustainable solutions for challenges that face their communities.

Cardboard Chaos is funded through a Community Innovation Grant from the Bush Foundation. Donated materials and volunteer time from local community members are also key to the success of this project.

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