GiveNOLA Wrap-Up + Summer @ PlayBuild

We’re excited to announce that we closed out this year’s GiveNOLA just above our goal with combined donations and pledge amounts totaling $25,356. Thanks for everyone for bearing with us through the process.

To all who donated, you have made a massive and immediate contribution, and we’re now moving forward full-steam ahead with our plans for the summer.

We’ve got a mix of activities from Free Play Sessions for younger PlayBuilders in June to our enrollment-based 2-Week Design Discovery Program in July. We’re also thrilled to be teaming up with FirstLine Schools and YEP, two ongoing partners of PlayBuild as a program partner to enable us to reach a wider audience of kids.

Here’s the scoop!

First Up: WE’RE HIRING Funding and support that you provided through your GiveNOLA contributions has enabled us to recruit instructors for our summer activities.

Our Camp Instructor job description will be posted shortly. You can also email to request a copy of the description.

June @ Thalia Street

Breakfast Building Series- FREE: Join us at Thalia Street for morning drop-in camp sessions from 8:30 – noon. Parents are invited to bring PlayBuilders aged 4-8 for morning building sessions at Thalia Street.

Dates: June 7th – July 1st

July @ Thalia Street

Design Discovery NOLA- $$; Limited enrollment of 15 students; with some scholarship slots available: Design Discovery NOLA is PlayBuild’s stand-alone camp. Hosted at our space on 2828 Thalia the two-week program will immerse PlayBuilders Multiple cultural influences contribute to the unique design history of New Orleans. Beyond architecture we will look at the City’s evolution and the multiple colorful strands that contribute to New Orleans rich tapestry.

Dates: July 18th– 29th
Morning sessions: 8 am – noon
Afternoon sessions: 1 pm – 5 pm

We are currently inviting pre-registrations from interested families and parents from our mailing list. Registration for Design Discovery NOLA will officially open on June 1st.

camp photoSummer Camp Program Partnerships

Summer Camp X: Designing the Future | New Orleans 2030 We’re thrilled to partner with FirstLine to bring Designing The Future: New Orleans 2030. Timed to coincide with the process of the City of New Orleans’ Master Plan revision, Summer Camp X students will get a window into the live process of City Planning. With a one-week crash course in City Planning followed by a three-week Design Sprint students will learn planning basics and then develop a set of recommendations to be integrated into the public participation process and presented to the CPC.

Dates: June 7th – June 29th

Youth Empowerment Project: We are excited to partner with Youth Empowerment Project to provide open play sessions and activities to their summer campers. Sessions will take place on OC Haley and at PlayBuild’s 2828 Thalia Street location and will feature PlayBuild activities and lessons built around the Imagination Playground and the Rig-a-ma-Jig.

Dates: June 7th – July 8th