The summer program of the Parts and Crafts Collective is a lab for kids and adults to learn together — a place to get outside of the routine, away from the often rote and stressful practices of day to day life to experiment with making and learning and playing with the things that people find personally important, whatever they may be.
Every summer we bring together an extraordinary collection of creative kids and adults who are interested in sharing and learning and making and doing. We provide space for kids to be creative, and we give them the inspiration and tools that they need to make and work through plans and projects of all types and sizes. At the same time, we give the adults that we work with a place to think, and people and tools to think with, about learning and creativity.
What: Girls' Invention Week: Making Things and Making Things Happen!
When: Tuesday, June 25th - Friday, June 29th, 9am-3pm (early care and late care available, 8am-5:30pm)
Where: Clarendon Hill Church, 155 Powder House Blvd, West Somerville
Who: girls, 7 – 12 Cost: suggested: $300, sliding scale
A week of invention and creation! We’ll have our electronics workbench, art table, a bunch of hand-tools, building supplies, scrap materials, air pumps, hot glue, duct tape, etc. Printers will be taken apart, bread will be baked, LEDs and motors will be glued to things, there may very well be giant cardboard sculptures.
We can't predict exactly what we'll happen when we get a bunch creative and brilliant kids and adults together for a week, but we promise that it will be fun, and amazing!
Why Girls' Week? For the last two years, we’ve offered a 1-week session at the beginning of the summer specifically for girls. and we’re happy to be doing so again this year! We do this for a bunch of different reasons, but mostly because girls who have come to Parts and Crafts, and their parents, have enjoyed this week and found it to be a positive and useful experience. And it’s been really fun for us, too -- working with young girls without the cultural stuff and pressures that end up growing out of normal gender interdynamics.
None of which is to say that girls who are interested in P&C should go to Girls’ Week, or that they shouldn’t sign up for the other sessions! We open the summer with Girls’ Week so that girls who are new to Parts and Crafts might find themselves more comfortable with our space and our projects, and more consequently excited about signing up for the mixed-gender sessions (which continue to be, frequently, majority-male, though our gender-diversity does seem to be increasing each year.)
So we encourage young girls and their families to check out Parts and Crafts, encourage them to come to Girls’ Week, and also encourage them to stick around for some of the rest of the summer if they’re interested!
Sometimes it doesn't make sense for a kid to come to camp all week. We offer a prorated daily rate of $70/day if kids want to come for 3 or 4 days. We keep very tightly to a pretty low staff to kid ratio so if kids are coming to camp for only 1 or 2 days, it becomes very difficult for us to work out appropriate staffing levels. It's logistically undesirable, and totally unfair, to ask the people who work with us, to only work (and only be paid) for a few days of the week. If you really want to come to camp for only one or two days (perhaps to check it out and see if it's a good fit), do email us and we can probably work something out, but, generally we need to minimize day-to-day changes in the number of kids who we're working with.
*On Sliding Scale
We want Parts and Crafts to be a welcoming and diverse place! We also don’t want enrollment decisions to be a burden for parents juggling child-care options, or implicitly exclude kids from our community by virtue of affordability. It’s essential to us that our programs be available to anyone who wants to participate, regardless of income or ability to pay. Your use of the sliding scale is entirely up to you ; we have no interest in checking up on your finances and generally prefer to assume that people are kind and generous than otherwise.
That said, we are almost entirely participant funded, so the continued existence of our programs depends on some form of financial support from you. If you can pay our full prices, please do! If you can’t, please come anyway!