About a year ago, in the midst of a number of hallway conversations related to Ken Robinson, Andy Warhol’s factory, talent shows and theatre troops, the idea for the Putman Creative Labs was born. The driving question was, how can we leverage, honour, and encourage the creative capacities of our students?
The Creative Labs project began by simply opening up our library one noon hour a week with an invitation to students to “come in and use our equipment to create podcasts, movies, posters…anything you like!” The only rule was that students couldn’t use the time to work on their homework or class related activities.
Today, the Creative Labs runs five days a week. Here’s a video I shared with the school community to give them a glimpse of the lab: