We believe that out-of-school art & design can serve as a catalyst for engaging young designers, thinkers, and leaders to create real work that makes a big difference in our communities.
Art & design provide a unique platform to learn from, engage with, and contribute to our world. They build the confidence to question, the skills to act, and the passion to create meaningful impact. Each of our projects empowers students to learn creatively and collaboratively to make work that matters.
How do we do what we do?
Each year, our staff selects a culturally-relevant theme, like architecture or technology, and assembles a team of local experts to inform our curriculum.
We spend six months organizing themes and writing lesson plans! We utilize four teaching semesters, which begin each June with a six-week intensive summer camp.
In the following three seasons (fall, winter, and spring), we tackle one big placemaking project that matches the yearly theme, followed by a series of smaller supporting explorations.
Our Friend, Earth (2022-23)
A series of studies in biodiversity, climate change, natural resources, sustainability, upcycling, and activism.
Students participate in projects that connect them to their community and the environment, exploring our relationship with the planet and how we can make a difference.