Two pillars of Soulcraft's mission are education and community. On the education side, there is a great need both for training children and adults in the trades. But education in the shop goes beyond the learning of skill: it is about the development of divergent thinking and problem-solving on concrete issues of own's own design and authorship. Because we believe so strongly in this educational mission - and not just for school-aged children - our work naturally brings us together with the community and into collaboration with like-minded organizations. Here's a sampling of some recent collaborations.
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Cleveland High School for the Digital Arts - The Dragon
Over the course of two quarters, Soulcraft worked with 12-16 high school students from CHSDA to design and create a mechanical dragon for their mascot. With instruction and close supervision of Soulcraft's instructors, the students learned the basics of woodworking - from saws to sandpaper to finish. More importantly, they engaged in design problem-solving to imagine, implement and then trouble-shoot this complicated mechanical beast.
Upcycle Parts Shop - The "Art Cart"
The Upcycle Parts Shop is a fantastic creative business and neighbor in the St. Clair-Superior neighborhood. They champion re-use and upcycling materials for greater purposes (especially for art!). Because they do so much programming in and for the community, they needed a mobile unit to go forth and bring art to the people. We collaborated with them to create this mobile "Art Cart" that totes great upcycled material and converts into a work surface. David (pictured) can be found all over town doing art with the community.
Birchwood School of Hawken - Design-Thinking
Soulcraft has partnered with Birchwood School of Hawken throughout the 2016-17 school year to craft a hands-on "Design-Thinking" Curriculum. In the Spring, we had the 3rd and 8th Grade students in the shop for a week to implement a pilot curriculum. The 8th Graders designed and build a bench, while the 3rd Graders designed and build planter boxes.