We start the fall of 2022 with a couple large-scale collaborative art projects. Our students are thrilled to work alongside Colombian street artist Luisa Cárdenas of Piranhas Crew through every step of the process. Together, we ideate, conceptualize, sketch and lay down paint, culminating in one mural celebrating love as a revolutionary practice of freedom.
When Phoenix Academy sponsors a number of students and staff to attend the March for our Lives in DC 2022 to protest gun violence in schools, we support our students through using our laser-cutter and spray paint to make protest signage.
We spend this year hard at work alongside our students, continuing to tweak and tinker with our model and methodologies. We continue to diversify the offerings at our Makerspace, launching two Focus Groups for our students — Branding and Tufting. The focus groups are a huge hit with students, Tufting becomes a favorite of many in the space, and the Branding course spurs entire DIY fashion lines.
This year we also have the opportunity to have a pair of students become student interns at the Makerspace through MassHire to assist operationally and help shape our programming.