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All the World’s a Stage afterschool program at the Boston Public Library

Children design stage sets for their favorite stories while discovering new, creative ways to solve problems

This past school year, BSA Foundation architects worked with Boston children on a project called All the World’s a Stage. In collaboration with the Boston Public Library’s Shakespeare’s birthday celebration, students at three neighborhood branches practiced the design process through set design.

In this hands-on series of workshops, students learned about how a play’s setting influences the action and the mood, then used art, mathematics, and language arts skills to create a three dimensional setting for their story. The workshops took place at the Copley, Dudley Square, and West Roxbury branches and are part of an ongoing partnership between the BSA Foundation and the Boston Public Library.

BSA Foundation youth programs engage children and their families in hands-on activities that utilize the design process to provide alternate tools for analyzing and solving problems, encouraging collaboration, and inspiring new ways to think about improving their own communities.

Students first planned out their designs through creative collaboration and sketching. Afterward they began building using recycled architectural materials to create their stages. Sets were made for a range of activities from fighting ninjas, to magical treehouses, to an intricate story of children living in boxcars.

View images below taken thoughout the series.


All images courtesy of Polly Carpenter FAIA.

To learn more about how the BSA Foundation is making an impact in communities, please come to BSA Space for a one hour “tour” of BSA Foundation programs. On the tour, board members and volunteers will tell stories about how Foundation programs, and the power of design, are positively changing the lives of real people. Meet the BSA Foundation meetings are held on the second and fourth Wednesdays of every month. Events are free, but seats are limited. Check for upcoming dates and to reserve your seat.