Kingston Creative Exchange with Pratt

Kingston Creative Exchange (KCX) aims to engage and energize a community through design education. Designed with the specificity of Kingston and its manufacturing heritage in mind, the space brings together community members, students and designers in an educational model built on regenerative social practices.

Designers:
MADWORKSHOP
Pratt Institute
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Kingston Creative Exchange (KCX) aims to engage and energize a community through design education. Designed with the specificity of Kingston and its manufacturing heritage in mind, the space brings together community members, students and designers in an educational model built on regenerative social practices.

Produced in collaboration with Mary and David Martin’s MADWORKSHOP and Pratt Institute, the creative workshops will also offer peer-to-peer knowledge transfer between participants of all knowledge levels, building a networked community centered around design and learning. The project will result in a pop-up space filled with local craft that celebrates Kingston’s regional heritage and conclude with a 6-week internship program between master artisans and local high school students.

Manufacturing and distribution have shaped the story and the identity of Kingston since its founding in the 1600s. This heritage is now inspiring the creative workshops and projects that will take place at Kingston Creative Exchange, from the remains of the city’s brickyards, to its historical sawmills and shirt factories. Artisans will use these same techniques and materials to create new local economies, communities and positive change. Kingston Creative Exchange will integrate the design expertise of the Pratt community and experience of local artists or designers within the various communities of Kingston.

Everything we’ve seen coming out of Pratt and the efforts in Kingston are of the highest level of design quality. The notion of being able to foster local craft and community building around a marvelous design is a time tested concept exemplified by some of greatest thinkers and talents including Robert Graham and Isamu Noguchi,” says David Martin, MADWORKSHOP Co-founder, “This type of collaboration is a powerful idea where everybody wins. That is our highest hope. With community support and the involvement of Pratt, MADWORKSHOP, and local stakeholders, we’ve set a high bar. We are thrilled to help foster this exchange between master artisans, local youth, and the community of Kingston.

 

Kingston Creative Exchange has four major goals:

Engage the Community

Situated on the main street of town, the program creates a welcoming space where Kingstonians can share, learn, and create together.

Transfer Knowledge Through Practice

Research on learning suggests that young people learn best when engaged in meaningful activities with peers of a higher experience level. KCX will capitalize on these findings by establishing a hierarchy of engagement between artisans, students with creative experience, and students new to creative work.

Open Pathways to Creative Careers

In a part of New York where youth arts engagement is low, KCX also aims to open up new pathways into creative careers, by letting young people see the practical and commercial applications of art and design.

Showcase Process

The space and objects produced at KCX are a result of the relationships created during research and immersion. A live exhibit of the active and educational process showcases the many layers of this creative pedagogical experience.