KoKo NYC was started by Open Source Gallery founder Monika Wuhrer in 2007. With three boys of her own, Monika saw a need for classes and workshops in Brooklyn that support children’s natural curiosity and innovative thinking. She also noticed a daily abundance of free art supplies appearing like magic outside her Brooklyn home and gallery space in South Slope: printers, furniture, bottles, blenders, boxes, toys and so much more!
Monika, originally from Austria, studied sculpture in Vienna with Michelangelo Pistoletto, a major artist in the Arte Povera movement. Arte Povera draws artistic inspiration from one’s daily environment, finding meaning in the everyday. This, combined with years of study and work in the technology field as a web designer and programmer formed the source of Monika’s vision for Koko NYC.
KoKo NYC provides art-based building and technology classes in school and after school programs throughout New York City. We also offer annual Soap Box Summer Workshops and after school programs such as boat-building and house-building at our site in Brooklyn. Many classes additionally utilize open source technology and/or simple components such as littleBits to teach kids about circuitry, programming and other scientific concepts through the process of creation.