On January 8, Joshua Bohn beat out over a hundred other hopefuls to become Master Model Builder at LEGOLAND Discovery Center Atlanta. A lifelong LEGO lover and five-year brand veteran, Bohn has the Brick Factor to make the LEGOLAND Discovery Center Atlanta experience engaging and fun for guests of all ages.
Through a series of creative LEGO challenges, Bohn displayed great innovation and enthusiasm; he was charged with creating three themed models, all out of LEGO bricks. His animal creation featured a koi fish during feeding. Bohn continued to impress with Atlanta icon The Fox Theatre and then solidified his position as Master Model Builder with an inspired homage to art. His final creation showcased the classic drama faces, symbolizing comedy and tragedy, paid tribute to the classic tale of Romeo and Juliet and showcased the artists’ tools of the trade – an art tablet displaying a masterpiece in progress.
Bohn’s role as Master Model Builder, which will be an essential factor in inserting creative energy at LEGOLAND Discovery Center Atlanta, is two-fold. Not only does he head up the conception and creation of new models throughout the attraction, but he also liaises with young guests to help foster their imaginations and provide a fun, interactive LEGO experience.
“I plan, ultimately, to be a role model for the future generation of LEGO enthusiasts,” said Bohn. “I am excited to help inspire creativity, entertain and laugh alongside them; and to help bolster their knowledge and skill as LEGO builders.”
A lifelong LEGO enthusiast, Bohn has worked with LEGO in its retail division for five years. Here, he honed his building skills and found his niche in interacting with young guests. He has been recognized for excellence in the workplace throughout his career with LEGO and has even been charged with heading up new retail initiatives. With the support of his store leadership, Bohn embarked upon a new journey to become Master Model Builder. His strong base in LEGO building and customer service is a welcome addition to the team.
“My time with LEGO Brand Retail has really helped prepare me for this new adventure,” said Bohn. “I look forward to not only using my building skills, but also to establishing relationships with the visitors to LEGOLAND Discovery Center Atlanta. Sharing stories and ideas is a rewarding part of this job.”
Bohn’s enthusiastic attitude and exemplary work ethic have catapulted him far, even at a young age. At LEGOLAND Discovery Center Atlanta, he hopes to continue to inspire his colleagues.
“I think of myself as an inspiration giver,” said Bohn. “We all have moments when we need some extra encouragement or a little pep talk, and I love meeting those needs. I hope to give my team a little inspiration, and look forward to a stimulating, reciprocal environment.”
Among many sources of his inspiration, he counts his mother and late grandmother as the largest creative influences on his life – as well as the means to his vast LEGO collection and knack for building. Bohn is currently enrolled at Georgia Gwinnett College, pursuing a bachelor’s degree in business administration. He lives in Lawrenceville, Ga.
LEGOLAND Discovery Center Atlanta is scheduled to open in Phipps Plaza on March 17. This will be the third LEGOLAND Discovery Center in the United States. Described as stepping into the biggest box of LEGO bricks in the world, the $15 million, 30,000-square-foot interactive attraction will feature a MINILAND exhibit which recreates landmark buildings in Atlanta out of LEGO bricks, hands-on play areas, a 4D Cinema, master classes from the LEGO Master Model Builder, LEGO rides, and special party rooms for birthdays and other celebrations. This highly interactive and educational 2-3 hour indoor experience is ideal for families with children.
Feature Photo: Jonathan Giles, Becky Mason, Josuha Bohn, Cal Walsh and James Paulding
Credit Firestine Photograph
Rain and Fire in Sedona
A rainy day in Sedona? What are we going to do. Everything we have planned is outdoors. I am pretty sure that is why people come to Sedona, for the beautiful OUTDOOR activities, like hiking, biking, Jeep tours, viewing the red rocks and photography.
What to do, what to do.
Oh, I know. I had the privilege of meeting some great artists that work in fire and glass! The perfect indoor activity when your outdoor plans are washed away!
The Melting Point in Sedona, conveniently located across the street for the Whole Foods (two birds with one stone, yeah!), is a group of artist focusing on creating and teaching others how to create as well.
When we entered the facilities, it was like entering a fine arts gallery. So many beautiful works of glass art. Jordan Ford is the general manager and one of the Artists. He came out of the workshop and told us the rules, then brought us into the fold.
We were about to become glass blowers!
Jordan had a love for the natural world from a very early age. He went on to study geology in college but that is when he discovered glass. He currently has Bachelor’s Degrees in both Earth Science/Geology and Visual Arts/Glassblowing.
Jordan says , “It’s the process of blowing glass that drives me. I find the physical act of making glass so overwhelmingly fascinating. I approach most of my work with a consideration for the more classical techniques – it’s the framework that I use as a jumping point for experimentation.”
Not only is Jordan incredibly talented, he is really personable and extremely funny. He made everyone in the room feel at ease and we all often irrupted in bouts of laughter.
Another artist that was helping us is Austin Littenberg. Austin became interested in the art of glass blowing at age 16 after watching a documentary. He spent over 12 years developing his craft and learning the technical precision needed to work at this level.
Austin views the many ways Art presents itself and is in tune with it all, and it shows.
Clearly these two artist love what they do, and I for one am grateful for their expertise and their willingness to show the world their art.
They worked with us to create a beautiful cactus, complete with three flowers, one for each kid, and a Sedona rock like base. We loved the patience they showed and the skill to make us feel at ease. We never felt like we were about to do something we just couldn’t. It felt like we had been doing this before. That is the measure of a true instructor.
Our work of art was complete and we left there feeling accomplished and quite honestly, amazing!
Both Austin and Jordan have remarkable skills but also wonderful comedic timing. They were a absolutely pleasure to meet and I look forward to keeping up with their art in the future.
If you find yourself in Sedona and want to meet some really wonderful people, stop by The Melting Point and say hello! While you’re there, blow some glass!
How could I forget one of them most important things; They have a studio dog! Austin brings his sweet baby girl to work with him and she is an angel! We loved her! Make sure you give her some love when you visit!
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents Legends!
Behold the living legends! Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey brings the unbelievable to Children Of All Ages in an all-new show – – Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents LEGENDS. Experience unimaginable family fun as amazing performers from around the globe perform awe-inspiring feats of daring, spectacles of strength and thrills of wonder to summon the mythical and the mysterious visions that have only existed in your imagination and now materialize before your eyes: the Unicorn, Pegasus and a Woolly the Mammoth! Join us for an unforgettable family night of legendary proportions at Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents LEGENDS!
Free to all ticketholders, the All Access Pre-show allows circus fans to learn juggling and balancing skills, meet the performers of The Greatest Show On Earth, get autographs, take photos and enter to win a one-of-a-kind Pachyderm Painting.
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents LEGENDS SM, playing Amway Center January 14-18, 2016. Save $4 off tickets using promo code 4MOM. Live tweet to us while you are there! @RinglingBros #BestGiftEver @BackstageBeat
NEW Children’s Museum of Atlanta Re-opens December 12!
Families will soon experience more STEAM-style activities and exhibits when visiting the newly renovated Children’s Museum of Atlanta, which re-opens to the public on Saturday, December 12. This iconic downtown attraction, which has been busy renovating since August of this year, now features targeted science, technology, engineering, arts and math education programming woven through almost every aspect of the enhanced space. Whether children build and shoot their own rocket launcher in the new “Gateway to the World” exhibit or design their dream home in the enhanced “Tools for Solutions” exhibit, the increased focus on STEAM learning enables the Museum to further prepare young children to be problem solvers and lifelong learners.
We got a sneak preview this week and I can honestly say it was the most fun my kids have had in a long time! They amount of things there are to do is mind boggling!
One of our favorite areas was Tools for Solutions – This enhanced, multi-layered zone reaches all ages and explores the science of building through four learning environments: the giant ball machine, Built-It Lab, Construction House and City Blocks. Using six simple machines, visitors can move balls through the Museum’s beloved giant ball machine. Children can also learn how to use real tools and materials in the new Build-It Lab, which will feature building workshops and more. This lab will also house a “Maker Space” to empower young children to harness their own ideas to build inventions and artistic creations. The Construction House, designed to showcase what is “behind the walls,” features a solar panel and incorporates activities on how to attach make-believe wires, connect pipes and insulate walls. City Blocks enables children to create skyscrapers and design the city of the future. Through this revitalized exhibit space, children can hone early and more complex math skills, as they learn the importance of processes and sequencing. They also utilize creativity, social emotional and gross and fine motor skills, while discovering that even the most intricate problems can be solved step-by-step with a solid strategy and through the use of tools.
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