DownCity Design Teens Design and Build for Project Open Door

On Friday, twelve DownCity Design teens handed off the outdoor furniture they had designed and built for Project Open Door. In our proposal to them, we had asked that whatever they produced it would: (1) extend the studio to the outdoors, (2) engage the outdoor space, (3) provide a community gathering space, and (4) respond to the existing landscape. The final result was just amazing and what was so impressive to me, beyond the crafstpersonship of the build, was the way that each of the build team members spoke so well about her/his design process. It was just wonderful to see how much joy these teens displayed in seeing and hearing how pleased we were with the gift they had given Project Open Door.

Project Open Door Collaborates with the College Crusade of Rhode Island

Project Open Door's 355 South Water Street studio was was a buzz with activity last week as 15 teens participated in week-long "Photographic Imaging" studio that was a collaboration between POD and the College Crusade of Rhode Island.

The week's studio activities were orchestrated by two photographers and RISD alums - Scott Lapham and Jonathan Chamberlain. During the week the teens explored connections between science, art, and photography.  In one of a number of assignments, they examined concepts of shutter speed and were challenged to take a photograph that captured the moment a balloon burst.