Kinetic Sculpture Race

22nd Annual Kinetic Sculpture Race

22nd Annual Kinetic Sculpture Race

Join us for the 22nd Annual Kinetic Sculpture Race: Born Wild

Saturday, May 2 would have been the 22nd annual Kinetic Sculpture Race. But hark! In true Kinetic fashion, we’re rising to the challenge and bringing you a portion of the opening ceremony: a live Virtual Blessing of De-feet by Sister Euphonia O’Blivion (aka Joe Wall) with an uplifting message for all. We invite you to don clean socks, stick your feet in the air, and join us for this holiest of blessings. Look for other special guest appearances! Click here to learn more and register. The in-person 22nd Kinetic Sculpture Race has been postponed until next year. The new date is May 1, 2021, with the same theme "Born to be Wild."


From the American Visionary Art Museum—a race through Baltimore of wacky, imaginative, TOTALLY HUMAN-POWERED WORKS OF ART, DESIGNED TO TRAVEL ON LAND, THROUGH MUD, AND OVER DEEP BALTIMORE INNER HARBOR WATERS, constructed out of used bicycles, gears, and parts, created by a lunatic genius who tinkers around in the garage or backyard (do you know this person?)!

The machines can be simple, small crafts, piloted by only one brave soul, or they can be over 50 feet long, extremely well-engineered, sophisticated vehicles powered by a team of pilots. Pilots ("Kinetinauts") compete for the most coveted GRAND MEDIOCRE EAST COAST CHAMPION AWARD (finishes right in the middle), and the highly prized NEXT TO THE LAST AWARD (finishes, well, next-to-last), and other serious trophies including ART, ENGINEERING, BEST BRIBES and more.

Stay tuned for more information, including the route map, and more. You can stay updated with news about the race and other AVAM events by signing up for the e-newsletter here.

THANKS to our Kinetic Sponsor:

Thank you to the Thomas Wilson Foundation, for making possible the participation of the Golden Fleet team of the Baltimore Youth Kinetic Energy Collective and for the foundation's support of outreach to other area schools and communities to ease their involvement in Kinetic Sculpture racing.

Kinetic Sculpture Race Entry Form:

Do You Have the Right Stuff? Download the OFFICIAL ENTRY FORM HERE! Entry forms, waiver forms, and entry fees should be turned in no later than April 1 to: Baltimore Kinetic Sculpture Race, c/o Kinetic Mother Theresa at American Visionary Art Museum, 800 Key Highway, Baltimore, MD 21230. NO ACE ENTRIES AFTER APRIL 1! NO LATE ENTRIES ON RACE WEEK!

NEED SOME HELP WITH YOUR VEHICLE? Check out Kinetic Baltimore's indispensable HOW TO BUILD A KINETIC SCULPTURE guide, some assembly required.

Volunteer for the Race!

WE NEED YOU! Volunteer for the Kinetic Sculpture Race!

Attend a fun-filled Volunteer meeting, then be a part of the kinetic action on Saturday, May 1, 2021! Attend one of the meetings:

  • Option 1: Stay tuned!
  • Option 2: Stay tuned!
  • Race Day: Saturday, May 1, 2021, ALL DAY

WANTED: The Brave, The Talented, The Mediocre, The Unsuspecting Few... KINETIC VOLUNTEERS to help in the grueling, all day, general insanity of the Kinetic Sculpture Race, for nothin' but the glory on SATURDAY MAY 1, 2021! Enjoy refreshments while you learn more about the history of AVAM's Kinetic Sculpture Race & get the scoop from some veteran volunteers & Kinetinauts on what each volunteer duty entails, then SIGN UP for a job!

In search of: General Anything Doers! Crowd Engagers! Number Nerds! Experienced Boaters! Medics on Wheels! Clean-up Crews! Safety Inspectors! Race Facilitators! Mud Pitters! Kops! Checkpoint Charlies! Canton Water Clean-up Crew! Finish Line Holders! And more!

Kinetic Rule: No matter the job, no matter the weather, you'll still have to dress funny. No whiners!

Questions About Volunteering?

Don't be shy! Click here to email us or ring us at (410.244.1900 x216.

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