changing space

Year 3 is just around the corner at Brightworks and the staff has been hard at work getting the space ready for the kids to come back on September 3rd! We’re not only making changes the way we explore and document and create a culture and community at Brightworks, but as ever, we are changing the space. One of our new staff members, Shawna, was busy all summer re-envisioning the school space and re-prioritizing the space as a thing to love and take advantage of. Her plans included exposing the beautiful parts of our warehouse, not hiding them, which has included moving band spaces and exposing the wide windows that allow for more light and sight lines. Here’s a brief look at our progress so far (not counting the countless changes that happened during the summer months… and you should check out SF Tinkering School summer camp’s blog on their website to catch all the summer excitement).

We have found our space kid-free from the day camp ended on August 16. By the following Monday, most of the Brightworks staff was back to clean and prep. Here’s where we started on August 19:

2013/2014 School Space: August 19

2013/2014 School Space: August 19

2013/2014 School Space: August 19

2013/2014 School Space: August 19

2013/2014 School Space: August 19

Things started coming together as the collaborators and staff got to work. Here’s just a couple days later:

2013/2014 School Space: August 21

2013/2014 School Space: August 21

2013/2014 School Space: August 21

We’ve painted, moved furniture and lifted trees, organized supplies, put books back on the shelves, built benches and shoved things out of the way, forced Ikea furniture together, found homes for lots of things, installed new soap dispensers. A few more days of work:

2013/2014 School Space: August 23

2013/2014 School Space: August 23

2013/2014 School Space: August 23

2013/2014 School Space: August 23

2013/2014 School Space: August 23

And today, Wednesday –

2013/2014 School Space: August 28

2013/2014 School Space: August 28

2013/2014 School Space: August 28

2013/2014 School Space: August 28

2013/2014 School Space: August 28

Things get dirty before they get clean again, but believe me – we’re in such better shape than we’ve ever been, and we’re so excited.