Collaborations

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

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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"

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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

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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.