Last year, the principal of my daughters' elementary school asked me if I would be interested in designing a maker space. I could not stress to him enough that I am not an interior designer, but he seemed to feel I was up for the job. He gave me a tour of an old conference room that would be turned into a creative K-6 work space (did I mention I am not an interior designer?) and it was certainly a blank canvas.
Because I am strangely driven by fear, yet love a challenge, I agreed to "Photoshop some stuff up". (I mean, no need to overpromise here, am I right?) But of course, as I started really thinking about the project, it occurred to me that I was being given the opportunity to create my childhood creative dream space. So, with a VERY limited budget (and a song in my heart), I did just that.
I tend to get attached to all my "babies". And I was growing particularly fond of this one, so I feared it would stay in PDF purgatory forever. But, to my delight and surprise, the space was brought to life in a matter of months – by a very driven principal, a motivated teaching staff, some super-impressive custodians, a ton of excited children, and a fantastic community of volunteers.
SO much fun. Best project ever. And, believe it or not, ALL DONE!!
Then, the high school calls. They need an innovation space.
TO BE CONTINUED....