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 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.