Smithsonian Event Features Rick’s Toy Workshops

Washington, DC (September 23, 2000) Children and families at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History hammered, sawed and created their own playthings today under the direction of Seattle-area “teaching toymaker” Rick Hartman.

Hartman led two two-building workshops as part of “The Playful Mind,” a symposium organized by the Smithsonian’s Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation. The event brought together writers, artists, scholars and performers from around the United States to study and celebrate the importance of play in the inventive process.

More information about Rick Hartman and his School of Toy can be found at

“Rick is a uniquely inspiring and creative educator. His workshops foster an appreciation of the infinite variety of cultures and technologies of our world and encourage children and their families to explore together their own creative capabilities. His enthusiasm and ingenuity are infectious and we have enjoyed working with him immensely.” -Michael Judd, former Chief of Education, Smithsonian National Museum of American History, Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation

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