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Build­ing Place, Shaping Iden­tity, Creating Community

2020/2021 Asheville, NC

Part­ner­ship with UNCA­sheville STEAM Studios @ the RAMP (Science, Tech­nol­ogy, Engi­neer­ing, Arts, and Math at the River Arts Makers’ Place) and BeLoved Asheville:

Our primary part­ners in 2020/2021 will be UNCA­sheville, STEAM Studio @ the RAMP, and BeLoved Asheville, a local non-profit build­ing a micro-home village to address the housing crisis in Asheville. These micro-homes are an afford­able, commu­nity-oriented, and sustain­able model for future replication. 

In this iter­a­tion of Craft for a Greater Good, ahead of the confer­ence, STEAM studios will be leading an after-school program for local youth that addresses design and furni­ture-making as they explore the design-build process and learn what makes a house a home. Students and volun­teers will learn about basic tools and tech­niques, devel­op­ing designs, and prototyping furniture. 

At the Furni­ture Society confer­ence, the STEAM team and confer­ence atten­dees will work together to produce furni­ture for the micro-homes. The STEAM team will also have the oppor­tu­nity to present on the expe­ri­ence of learn­ing to build furni­ture and the connec­tions made through­out the process. 

This incar­na­tion of CGG embod­ies the kinds of possi­bil­i­ties we see for this program. Contribut­ing to some­thing as profound as creat­ing furni­ture for housing the home­less truly exem­pli­fies the program’s intent. 

STEAM Studios @ The RAMP

STEAM Studio is a maker­space specif­i­cally combin­ing the curric­u­lar forces of Engi­neer­ing and Art and co-founded by faculty and staff from multi­ple disci­plines to primar­ily support interdisciplinary collaborations.