What is refortify? refortify is a design competition where teams of 5-6 people work with local youths enrolled in the Art and Science program at Breakthrough to create forts constructed of donated bedding and clothing. Through this event, our purpose is to service Breakthrough's Mens' and Womens' Shelter bedding and clothing needs as well as provide an opportunity for the kids to learn about viable career opportunities in the arts and design world.The refortifyteam teaches a brief curriculum in which these kids learn about the design process and where they can see their concepts become a creation.
Who is Breakthrough? "Breakthrough partners with those affected by poverty to build connections, develop skills and open doors of opportunity.
In Chicago's East Garfield Park, where disinvestment has left the neighborhood devoid of opportunity and full of broken dreams, Breakthrough is restoring the broken networks of youth and families and empowering adults in the community to achieve self-sufficiency and break the cycle of poverty." ~ Breakthrough
How it works:
- refortify team works with kids from Breakthrough's afterschool program to teach them about concept, design, and create their own fort concepts.
- Your team of 5-6 designers/architects/etc collect materials to build the fort based on the concept given to you. The materials used can be donated or purchased.
- Teams are paired with 2-3 kids to help their creation come to life during the 'build day'
- refortify reception is held to showcase all designs.
- All materials and money collected will be donated to Breakthrough on behalf of the participants.
- Category awards will be given: More information to follow
When and Where?
National Office Furniture Showroom-
- Build- Date TBD - Teams construct their forts with their assigned "little architects"
- Play- Date TBD - The "little architects" are invited with friends and family to come experience and play in their forts
- View- Date TBD - Industry event- Reception is held for everyone to view the forts and mingle