Summer 2019

Young Women's Design and Building Institute

This week-long institute introduces girls ages 13-17 to multiple design and building techniques, skills, media, and a community of fearless builder women. From graphic design and screen printing to carpentry, welding, and architectural drafting, girls will explore the possibilities of building in their own lives, learning, and futures. This program is by application only, at no cost to participants if accepted, and limited to a cohort of 12 girls.

In a full week of design, building, creative problem-solving, and making in multiple media, girls will spend each day deeply immersed in a particular skill, completing the week with projects to take home. Girls will also design and build real-world projects for a community client (this year we’ll be designing and building outdoor furniture and play areas for 2 local preschools! Previous clients have included a local women’s shelter and refugee family support organization). Activities will integrate creative design exercises, technical skill-building, collaboration, and service-based design/build. Our work will be complemented by discussions and readings related to feminism, making, and community.

Each day will run from 9am to 4pm and will include all materials, lunch and snacks, a T-shirt, and a few surprise giveaways. For out-of-town attendees, please note that we are unable to provide additional funding for travel or lodging.


Institute Dates (there are 2 different session options, please indicate your preference on application):

Week 1: June 17-21, 2019

Week 2: June 24-28, 2019



Activities Schedule (subject to change):

Day 1: Community-building, site visit to community client, group screenprinting project

Day 2: Material shopping, measuring, and cutting wood and metal

Day 3: Assembly of projects (including carpentry and welding)

Day 4: Sand, paint, and finish community client projects

Day 5: Installation of projects for community client, final reflection circle and open maker time


Application Schedule:

February 1, 2019: Applications open (apply online)

March 1, 2019: Applications DUE

March 15, 2019: Notifications of acceptances sent

April 1, 2019: Accepted participants must be confirmed and registered