Boston – The BSA Foundation (Foundation) is awarding $20,000 to 11 Massachusetts entities focused on providing architecture and design education programs. Since its inception in 1971, the Foundation has distributed more than $1 million in grants to public and private sector groups that serve school children and residents of all ages. Program types include: community-based programs, exhibitions and tours, in-school educational programs, research projects, conferences, lectures, symposiums, and other community activities.
The following 11 projects—spanning youth education, community outreach initiatives, and neighborhood design projects—enhance public understanding of the built environment and the processes that shape it, and will be rolled out in 2018:
Allston Brighton CDC (ABCDC) (Allston)—Get in the Zone, an educational campaign that will increase resident participation in Allston and Brighton plus encourage leadership in the development planning process in those neighborhoods.
Asian Community Development Corporation (ACDC) (Boston)—Avoyce, a youth training program that will engage Asian youth in community planning and creative placemaking that will create public awareness of the improvement of space and design in Chinatown.
Boston Society of Civil Engineers (Boston)—Future City Competition, a program that will inspire students grade six-eight to create their dream cities of the future and present them through presentations, essays, models, and virtual simulations.
Hawthorne Youth and Community Center (Roxbury)—Grow It! Cook It! Share It!, a project that will engage local youth in building and cultivating a community garden adjacent to Hawthorne Youth and Community Center (HYCC). This initiative will provide year-round opportunities for Highland Park’s youth to learn hands-on about environmentally sound planning and design through urban gardening.
Maud Morgan Arts (Cambridge)—Art and Design in the Built Environment, an architecture and design curriculum that will offer accessible, hands-on, youth and family workshops that will educate the public on architecture and design principles within the arts and in a local context.
North Shore Community Development Coalition (NSCDC) (Salem)— Punto Urban Art Museum, a project that will bring tools to support public art to Salem’s Point neighborhood, a curated arts district with more than 50 murals, immediately adjacent to downtown Salem.
Raw Art Works (RAW) (Lynn)—Good to Go (G2G), an arts employment program in which a team of Lynn youth will create and manage public art projects.
Southwest Boston Community Development Corporation (SWBCDC) (Hyde Park) —Doyle “Playground” Transformation, a community design project in which residents will design and build a neighborhood park over a series of community build days, to serve as a nexus for the community.
UMASS Amherst (Amherst)—Design Springfield, a 10-week curriculum at Make-It Springfield that will introduce Springfield middle school and high school students to their city’s legacy of architecture and public space.
U.S. Green Building Council Massachusetts Chapter (USGBC MA) (Boston)—Green Building Tech Program will provide training for students at Madison Park Technical Vocational High School to pursue careers in the high performance building industry.
YouthBuild Boston (Roxbury)—The Designery, a hands-on architecture and design exploration program for high school teens ages 14-18, who will be employed as intern designers.
For more information about the BSA Foundation grants, visit architects.org/foundation/grants. The 2018 grant cycle has not yet been announced.