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Teachers are pedagogical artists

“The experience reinvigorated my desire to teach.”
“I feel much more capable of transforming a dry and rote curriculum into something more engaging.”
“MakeSPACE provided some very concrete ways to engage in higher level thinking that will be manageable through distance learning.”
“It’s reminded me of what I love most in teaching.”
“Challenged me to think outside the box. Be real with students. Connect with them and do things that are uncomfortable.”
"I didn’t know how it would turn out. It was more about thinking creatively and . . . tweaking and modifying stuff that I already do.”

We value authenticity

makeSPACE is a professional learning community committed to creative learning and arts integration. Teachers are at the center of the collaborative design process. Together, we ideate, experiment, and play inside possibilities. Teachers’ adaptations and feedback guide our refinement of all makeSPACE coursework.

The following excerpts come from teachers within the makeSPACE community. We gathered these insights during our last in-person Summer Institute. Since the pandemic, we’ve been holding virtual institutes. For more information on makeSPACE institutes, visit Our Work page.

By making space for teachers’ reflections, we’ve learned how to make our work more impactful and meaningful for our teaching community. 

Our makeSPACE Partner Schools

We’re always looking to expand creative engagement for schools across the state. In the coming months we’ll expand these efforts to include more schools across the Northwest – and eventually, the country. 

      Voices from our community

      It was exciting for me to think about the ways that I’m going to re-approach what I already do to provide more places for kids to make their own spaces.

      Michael D.


      Seeing other teachers talk about what makeSPACE looks like in the classroom, it’s like, ‘Yes! Now we’re here, now we’re talking about the HOW.’ And that’s really exciting to me. 

      Kim G.


      I think expanding my view of art and creativity has been something I’ve really enjoyed about makeSPACE.

      Daniel T.



      on perseverance

      “It was an overwhelmingly positive experience that makes me feel more ready to integrate the arts in my classes, even at a time when I feel like I’m trying to keep my head above water.”
      makeSPACE Teaching Partner
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      Drawing by makeSPACE Teacher Michael Dodson

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      Contact us if you’re interested in learning more about the current grant opportunity or about the makeSPACE project.

      We want young people and their teachers to be fulfilled, to feel agency, and to shape their own lives and the world around them. We want them to thrive within the possible - as the world offers them moment after moment of uncertainty.