Events

Tinkerfest

That's a wrap for Tinkerfest 2019—see you Saturday
April 18, 2020

Tinkerfest is a fun-filled day of discovery for learners ages 0–100. Through dynamic learning opportunities, this event will spark your curiosity about art, culture, science, and creativity. Tinkerfest will feature myriad hands-on activities, interactive demonstrations, and performances.

Included with admission to ahha Tulsa! 

What to Expect

At Tinkerfest, you’ll…

See live performances • Create seed bombs • Design noisy sculpture • Go behind the scenes in THE EXPERIENCE • Play a giant-sized video game • Meet real life artists • Break the Internet • Paint with LEDs • Take apart everyday appliances • See robots in action • Create sound with programming • Circuit bend toys • Try screen printing • Contribute to a paper chain of kindness • Weave on a giant loom • Try your hand at sewing • Learn about cookie decorating • Do chair yoga • Design chain reactions • and more!

Admission

Tinkerfest is included with admission to ahha—$10.95 for adults, $6.95 for youth ages 3–17, and FREE for ahha members

Parking

Free street parking is available on weekends, with accessible parking spots along Boston Avenue to the west of the ahha Hardesty Center.

Paid parking is available for $3 per day in the BOK lot, located just south of ahha on Archer Street. Buses may be parked on Boulder Avenue or on Cheyenne Avenue, north of Cameron Street and west of Main Street.

Featured Tinkerers

Thank you to our 2019 organizational Featured Tinkerers

108 Contemporary • B&K Makerspace • Cherokee Heritage Center • Discovery Lab • Eastern Oklahoma Woodcarvers • Fab Lab Tulsa • The Khalid Jabara ‘Tikkun Olam’ Memorial Library • Living Arts of Tulsa • Northeast Oklahoma Woodturners Association (Neowta) • Oklahoma Museum Network • Science Museum Oklahoma • Scott Family Amazeum • Tulsa City-County Library Seed Library • Tulsa Regional STEM Alliance • Up With Trees • Wahzhazhe Cultural Center • And more to be announced!

…and individual artists and makers!

Beta BetaMax • F. Thompson Art • Biologist Ian Browne • Inspyral Circus • Photographer and collector Jack Bryant • Artist Jini Kim • Artist Kristin Gentry • Interaction developer Luke Anderson • Mark Kuykendall of Unknown Tone Records • Mitochroma exhibition artist Sarah Sullivan of SULLYSTRING • THE EXPERIENCE exhibition artists Daniel Sutliff and Jeremy Lamberton • And more to be announced!

 

Teacher Learning Lab

Saturday, April 13, 9:00–3:00 PM 

Join ahha Tulsa for an educator professional development for teachers of grades PK–12. Open to all Tulsa area educators.

At the Tinkerfest Teachers Learning Lab, you’ll…

  • Explore Tinkering as a means of joyful interdisciplinary learning
  • Help us refine a taxonomy of Tinkering-based approaches to instruction
  • Use ahha’s Tinkerfest event as a living laboratory for curriculum enrichment
  • Learn about school programs and resources at ahha Tulsa 

Participation includes:

  • $200 Amazon gift card for classroom supplies
  • Free admission to Tinkerfest (Saturday, April 13, 12:00–5:00 PM)
  • Meals and refreshments

Applications are now closed. 

About the Tinkerfest Learning Lab Instructors

Amber Tait Litwack, PhD, serves as Director of Education and Exhibitions for ahha Tulsa, formerly the Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa. Dr. Litwack holds a B.F.A in studio art, a B.A. in art history, and an M.A. in Art Education from the University of Tulsa. In 2017, she completed a Doctorate in Educational Leadership at Oklahoma State University, where her primary research focus was, and still is, arts education. In 2015, Dr. Litwack completed a Project Zero fellowship at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Prior to joining the team at ahha Tulsa, Dr. Litwack served as a classroom teacher for 8 years. Dr. Litwack has received many awards for her work – including being named by Oklahoma Magazine as one of the “Top 40 Under 40” young professionals in Oklahoma, being named a “Woman of Distinction” by Tulsa Business and Legal News and being named a “Change Maker” by the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation. Dr. Litwack volunteers with Reading Partners, Tulsa Changemakers, and The National French Bulldog Rescue Network. In her free time, Dr. Litwack enjoys creating art in a variety of media, thrifting, reading, and spending time with her husband Zach, and French Bulldog, Lola. 

Adrienne Lalli Hills is Manager, Exhibitions and Public Programs at ahha Tulsa, where she organizes rotating exhibitions and leads operations for studio programming and THE STUDIO, an arts-focused maker space. She serves on the board of the Museum Education Roundtable, publishers of the Journal of Museum Education. In 2015, Adrienne earned her MA, Curriculum & Instruction from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and has a BFA in Studio Arts from the University of Tulsa. Formerly Senior Interpretive Planner at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, she worked with colleagues to produce visitor-centered exhibitions, permanent collection reinstallations, and pan-institutional interpretive initiatives.