Date(s) - 11/09/2020 - 11/16/2020
Brattleboro Museum & Art Center
The Brattleboro Museum & Art Center (BMAC) invites creators of all ages to design and build original LEGO sculptures and display them at the Museum in BMAC’s 13th Annual LEGO Contest & Exhibit, taking place November 13 through 16.
This year’s LEGO Contest & Exhibit blends virtual events with a socially distanced in-person exhibition. On Wednesday, November 4th, “LEGO Masters” finalist and brick artist Jessica “Ragzy” Ewud presents a pair of LEGO workshops via Zoom, with a session for ages 9-14 from 1 to 2 p.m. and another for ages 4-8 from 3 to 4 p.m. Ragzy will give participants a “challenge build” in which they have 30 minutes to create a LEGO piece based on a prompt. She will conclude by offering an expert “brick tip” to participants. Admission is $35, and registration is required. Because the event is virtual, participation is open to children ages 4-14 anywhere in the world.
LEGO Contest & Exhibit entries must be delivered to BMAC on Monday, November 9, 3-7 p.m., or Tuesday, November 10, 3-7 p.m. The online entry form must be submitted before dropoff, including a $5 entry fee. Contest guidelines and entry forms are available at www.brattleboromuseum.org. Participants may call BMAC at 802-257-0124, ext. 101, with any questions.
BMAC will display every entry submitted to the contest. The LEGO creations will be on view from Friday, November 13, to Monday, November 16, 10-4 daily. Admission to BMAC is pay-as-you-wish, with advance registration of parties available at brattleboromuseum.org/visit. Walk-ins are also accepted. Masks and social distancing are required.
The Awards Ceremony will take place on Saturday, November 14, at 5 p.m. via Zoom and Facebook Live. A panel of judges will award prizes based on creativity and craftsmanship in six age groups: preschool, grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, adult, and adult/child collaborations. Other prizes will be awarded at the judges’ discretion. Every contestant will receive a personalized certificate of participation.
Entries from past years have included a replica of BMAC, an amusement park, a model of Brattleboro’s Harris Hill ski jump, and a working pinball machine. “One thing we want to emphasize,” says BMAC Director Danny Lichtenfeld, “is that, although it’s a contest, no one is really focused on the competition. This is all about celebrating creativity and having fun.”