Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby Launches Crowdsourcing Campaign Where Individual Gifts Will Be Matched By the Philadelphia Brewing Company


The Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby has partnered with the Kensington-based Philadelphia Brewing Company (PBC)
to raise money for this year’s 8th annual derby on May 17th through a
crowd sourcing campaign on the popular fundraising site, Indiegogo.com.
The Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby is a fiercely local, wacky design
competition and parade of human-powered vehicle “floats.” The Indiegogo
campaign will go live on Tuesday, April 22nd and will run through May
16th, 2014. NKCDC chose to launch the campaign on Earth Day to
underscore the event’s celebration of sustainability and bike-powered

Recognizing that a crowdsourcing campaign is not a traditional way to
raise revenue for this kind of event, NKCDC (the event’s organizer)
Executive Director, Sandy Salzman says, “This event started as a local
economic development initiative. It is about supporting local businesses
and showcasing the neighborhood in a genuine light – its creativity and
spunk. Soliciting large, national sponsors for the event just doesn’t
feel right. It is our goal to keep the event local, authentic, free and
true to the neighborhood. The Indiegogo campaign is a way to ask folks
who love this community and this wacky event to support it through small

The goal of the campaign is to raise $10,000 to support the growing
costs of the event, which now attracts over 10,000 people to the
Kensington/Fishtown neighborhood each May. The Philadelphia Brewing
Company will match every donation to the campaign up to $5,000.

“We love this neighborhood and we love the Derby. Since 2001 we have
invested in Kensington’s revitalization by bringing high quality
manufacturing back to the ‘Workshop of the World.’ And since its start,
we have supported the Derby, even entering one of our own kinetic
sculptures alongside our neighbors,” says PBC owner, Nancy Barton. “We
are hoping to incentivize others to support this unique community event
through a pledge to match every gift dollar for dollar.”

In addition to the match, PBC is offering a fun experience for
donors. Individuals who donate $500 or more can “Be Laverne &
Shirley for the Day,” and work the bottling line with a friend at PBC’s
historic brewery and take home a case of their favorite brew. Other
campaign “perks” include limited-edition photographs of the neighborhood
by local photographer Meredith Kleiber and gift certificates to
Fishtown favorites, Pizza Brain and Little Baby’s Ice Cream.

To access the Indiegogo campaign, visit: www.igg.me/at/kinetickensington

For more information about the derby, visit www.kinetickensington.org.

About NKCDC: New Kensington Community Development Corporation is a
nonprofit organization dedicated to revitalizing the Kensington,
Fishtown and Port Richmond neighborhoods in Philadelphia. Our mission is
to strengthen the physical, social, and economic fabric of the
community by being a catalyst for sustainable development and community

About Philadelphia Brewing Company:  Decades of brewing experience
and an unwavering passion for the science of brewing are what define PBC
best. They skillfully create their recipes by using only the best
ingredients available. By adapting old world beer styles with modern
brewing techniques, they have developed unique flavors that represent
Philadelphia proudly. They operate in the oldest and largest brewing
facility in Philadelphia where they brew fresh beer daily and deliver
fresh beer daily — directly to their loyal customers. With more than a
dozen different styles of ales and lagers brewed annually they have a
beer for every discerning palate.


Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby
May 17, 2014
Trenton Ave & Norris St
Philadelphia, PA 19125
The Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby (KKSD), a design competition and parade of human powered vehicle floats, was started in 2007 as an Economic Development Initiative of the New Kensington Community Development Corporation (NKCDC) to compliment the East Kensington Neighbors Association's Trenton Avenue Arts Festival.  For more information about business, events, and the arts along Frankford Avenue and in the rest of the 19125 zip code visit frankfordavearts.org.  NKCDC is a nonprofit organization dedicated to revitalizing the East Kensington, Fishtown, and Port Richmond neighborhoods in Philadelphia. Our mission is to strengthen the physical, social, and economic fabric of the community by being a catalyst for sustainable development and community building.

A Kinetic Sculpture is a human-powered vehicle that also has an artistic theme. Think of parade floats on bicycles, or mummers on hand crank driven pirate ships, or an alien space ship on 2 welded togther bikes, it's zombie amish folks, it's a bar and bar stools on a bike, it's anything you can dream up. A Kinetic Sculpture Competition is all about fun and ingenuity, making the wackiest, most interesting contraption is the goal- finishing the course or winning is not.  Kinetic Sculpture Competitions have been taking place all over the world since 1969 when a California artist named Hobart Brown made some artistic improvements to his son's tricycle.

The KKSD is not a race, but rather a design competition and parade celebrating human powered transit and art in Kensington. Award Categories include- Best Art, Best Costume, Best Engineering, People's Choice, Best Breakdown and a special secret judge award. People get to vote for their favorite entry at the event, so come to the fest and VOTE!

What is a Kinetic Sculpture? Click for Wiki article

Take a look at this video by Newsworks from the 2012 Sculpture Derby! 

Check out this awesome video by Andrew David Watson!


On May 19th 2007, the first ever Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby went off with out a hitch with 10 entires. The cooperation with the Trenton Avenue Arts Festival was great bringing in over 2000 people combined through out the day. In 2008, over 4000 people attended both festivities, and 2009' captured close to 6000 souls with over 20 entries! The Trenton Avenue Arts Festival is a day long craft and arts fair with live music, local vendors, and local food and beverages. The two events compleiment each other beautifully, both events celebrate Kensington, art and sustainibility.

The Trenton Ave Arts Festival is a project of The East Kensington Neighbors Association (EKNA). EKNA is an all volunteer run resident group seeking to create a forum for neighbors to meet and take action on improving their neighborhood.  FOR MORE INFORMATION on the TRENTON AVENUE ARTS FESTIVAL go to www.trentonavearts.org 

More Info on KKSD

View the YOU TUBE Video by Daniel Kent

Frequently Asked Questions are here.

Please see these websites to get some history on the beginning of Kinetic Sculpture Racing.