Part of the North Little Rock MOON SHOT PROJECT…. “Creating Innovators”
So Taggart has donated my time, along with my own contributions, to the renovation of a store front space in North Little Rock’s Argenta District on the corner of 4th and Popular. The program for the renovation is an after school and summer job program for NLR kids. The newly renovated space will feature a studio for painting/sculpture, a computer lab for graphic design, and a gallery to showcase the work and offer certain pieces for sale. Under the direction of the director, Pammi Fabert, staff, mentors, and volunteers will provide students with the necessary tools and knowledge to produce works of art that can be sold in the gallery. Ultimately, this will empower the students with creativity and give them an outlet to prosper from their work. This effort has been spearheaded by the Argenta Arts Foundation in conjunction with the Argenta Downtown Council as part of the NLR MOON SHOT Project.
The essence of the project is to create innovators out of our communities’ youth in hopes that they will become talented individuals and develop economic growth for their community. Inspiration has been gathered from Tony Wagner’s Creating Innovators:
We must develop the creative and enterprising capacities of all our students.
We must out innovate, out educate, and out build the rest of the world.
Innovation is the only thing that will save our country. It drives the human spirit.
Parents, teachers, mentors, and employers – we all have urgent work to do to create innovators.
Currently, the project is undergoing demolition of the existing office spaces that were previously occupying this location. The contractor, Davenport Contracting, Inc., has been doing an excellent job of maintaining to progression of the renovation as we make design proposals along the way. It is working almost as a design/build or design/demo scenario. Because of that, I love working with these guys! We can discuss a design opportunity or detail, then by the end of the day, they will have executed it. The work is moving along fast, but there is still a lot to do.
Because this project has very little budget; the most difficult task we have is procuring cost worthy material and hopeful donations to finish out the space. If you or someone you know would like to help out with this project, please comment. More to come as the project develops…