Spontaneous Construction

SponCon 2016 was Saturday, September 17th!

Designed to inspire a culture of reuse with a free, engaging community activity, Spontaneous Construction, or “SponCon” for short, has become an annual Missoula tradition. Contest participants have seven hours to use their choice of Home ReSource materials to build the most beautiful, functional, and creative pieces they can dream up. We provide a variety of enjoyable, inventive reuse activities, music, and access to local food vendors for contestants and spectators alike. The event draws teams of artists, DIYers, and builders to create works of art and utility, as well as approximately 500 onlookers just there for the fun. After the judges announce winners, some pieces are auctioned on site, and top-judged creations go to the Benefit Auction.

We are currently planning SponCon 2017. If you are interested in providing a kids’ activity station or being a performer, please contact Jeremy [jeremy@homeresource.org].

In the meantime, check out how awesome SponCon 2016 was…

SPONCON 2016 SCHEDULE
9 a.m. – Building contest begins
11 a.m. – Kids activities open; Food trucks start serving
1:30 p.m. – Found sound explosion
4 p.m. – Building contest ends
5 p.m. ’til it’s over – Prizes & closing party

SPONCON 2016 MUSIC:
DJ set from Mike Steinberg of The Roxy Theater
The Whizpops! (Solo Performance by Casey) – The Whizpops write songs about endangered species for kids of all ages. Music mixed with ecology for the entire family.
Cello Mafia – Cello Mafia is a multi-age, multi-level student cello ensemble led by Jessica Catron of Grow Music – Missoula. They’ve been working hard this summer on some very challenging arrangements for their performance debut at SponCon. Peep them working on Here Comes Your Man by The Pixies.
Montana Suzuki Institute violinists
Night Blooming Jasmine & the Deadly Night Shades – Classic string jazz from some of Missoula’s swingingest stringsters.
Rotgut Whines – A finger picking soul ‘n’ roll two piece band.

SPONCON 2016 KIDS ACTIVITIES (for kids of all ages)
Spin Art
Paint-a-Door
The White Hole
Marble Run
Building Blocks
Giant Jenga
Build-a-Rack
Found Sound
and Artists Trading Cards with the ZACC

SPONCON 2016 FOOD & DRINK
The Wild Weenie serving 11 a.m. until around 6 p.m
Big Thai Country serving 11 a.m. ’til 2 p.m.
The Masala Food Cart serving 4 p.m. ’til they stop
Big Sky beer and assorted NA beverages available
Free water for all!

Click here to scope out the top items from SponCon 2016
auctioned off at our 2016 Banquet & Benefit Auction.


Highlights from Spontaneous Construction 2016

photos by Jonathan Qualben and Ronni Flannery

Spontaneous Construction is more than just Home ReSource’s birthday party. It is an event about inspiring a culture of reuse in the Missoula community; it is about educating, demonstrating, and facilitating new ways to use our resources; and it is about celebrating a shared desire & commitment to make this world a better place.

Join the fun. The awareness and proceeds from the events help Home ReSource further our mission and fund supplemental programs. In addition to operating a building materials reuse store, Home ReSource partners with local agencies to offer jobs and training to Missoulians in need. Home ReSource donates thousands of dollars in materials annually to area nonprofits, schools, events, churches, and community organizations and provides educational tours, classes and events (like SponCon!) that promote a culture of reuse. For more information about SponCon call (406) 541-8301 or email sponcon@homeresource.org


Highlights from Past SponCons
Here are links to slideshows featuring highlights from past SponCons. Enjoy!
Spontaneous Construction 2015
Spontaneous Construction 2014
Spontaneous Construction 2013
Spontaneous Construction 2011
Spontaneous Construction 2010
Spontaneous Construction 2009
Spontaneous Construction 2008

WELDERS: Good Food Store, Missoula Federal Credit Union; PNEUMATIC NAILERS: Axmen Recycling, Beaudette Consulting Engineers, Inc., Biga Pizza, Confluence Construction, Morrison Maierle, Inc., Portico Real Estate, Summit Property Management, Inc., Zoo City Apparel; CAULKERS: Dwight Thomas Carpentry, Glo European Windows, Lennox Craftsmen, Vogelzang Physical Therapy; DUCT TAPERS: Black Coffee Roasting Company; Estep & Weber Capital Management, Inc.; IN-KIND SPONSORS: Bernice's Bakery, Big Sky Brewing Co., College Radio 89.9 KBGA, Eustance Pack and Tack, Heritage Timber, Missoula Independent, Missoula Indoor Ads/missoulaevents.org, and The Trail 103.3

We’d also like to thank Bargain Corner and the Underground Thrift Store at the Senior Center for donating t-shirts for us to upcycle into SponCon 2016 event t’s.

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