Asheville Community Design Lab-After School (a project of Roots + Wings School of Art and Asheville Design Center) kicks off this school year with elementary programs offered daily from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Claxton, Hall Fletcher, and Vance elementary schools. They are in need of scholarships for 15 students.
ACDL-AS is an interdisciplinary, project-driven curriculum that provides a unique, creative alternative to conventional after-school care for elementary students. The ACDL-AS works with students to learn about what’s beyond the walls of their schools, and teaches students how to find better, collective solutions to community problems through creative experimentation.
The ACDL-AS program pays artists and support it’s host schools, as well as provides scholarships for students in need. Currently, the program has 15 students on a waiting list for scholarships, and some local businesses have stepped up to make $130/month donations, but more are needed. Donate a tax deductible scholarship.
Elementary school students connect with community mentors such as artists, designers, and engineers during “Innovation Hour,” and students work on hands-on projects often connected back with a larger community problem. Recently ACDL-AS added a new non-profit partner, Asheville Design Center (ADC). Through their partnership, the ADC will sponsor donations through their 501c3 status, offer mentor/volunteers for after-school, as well as and connect students with real life projects going on in and around the Asheville community.