What if our downtowns and streets and storefronts weren't just about getting where you need to go and doing what you need to do. What if they were also spaces for play and fun and creativity? We think they can be - that's why we're creating the pop-up theater.
Community Workshop is one of fifty winners nationwide in the Play Everywhere Challenge, designed to bring play into everyday spaces and improve the lives of kids and families. Our project is creating a portable kids' theater stage that can transform a vacant downtown space (or a Laundromat, office, or bus stop) into a dynamic playspace for kids, while transforming ordinary errands into an opportunity for families to connect and create. Kids can get dramatic while their parents get the laundry done or pick up a pizza, making play truly accessible and making families' lives easier and more fun.
We designed and built a whimsical, compact, portable play stage that kids can use to create and put on impromptu puppet shows and plays. Our build partner - Living Edge Woodworking - created a flexible and inexpensive design that can easily fold up and fit into a wide variety of small and unexpected places.
We'll create simple instructions for making puppets and doing improv theater play, and we'll share the designs online in a simple-to-use kit and how-to video, so that communities anywhere can create and use their own theaters in unexpected places. Watch for the toolkit and designs in June, 2017!
Thanks to our partners for help making this happen:
- KaBOOM! and the other Play Everywhere Challenge sponsors
- Washburn Laundromat, The Silver Fern Antique Shop, and the Richardson Family
- The Arts Bus
- Town of Bethel, Vermont
- Bethel Revitalization Initiative
- Upper Valley Haven
- Living Edge Woodworking
Check out the other amazing Play Everywhere competition winners, from municipal slides to sidewalk games to a kit of parks. We're honored to be in their company!