From the Ground Up

As part of the Imagine Eastside Campaign, the Greater Metro Parks Foundation, Metro Parks Tacoma, the Boys & Girls Clubs of South Puget Sound, and local Tacoma schools are collaborating to engage Eastside youth in a unique set of educational activities aimed at moving Imagine Eastside project planning and campaign donor cultivation forward.

Eastside students met with local culinary arts professionals, architects, college students and others to help design the center’s teaching kitchen. The students explored foods of different cultures, kitchen equipment and other components of kitchen design, and their teachers helped them write about what they learned. Select students presented their recommendations orally to the Boards of MPT, GMPF and BGCSPS as well as project architects and prospective donors.

A similar educational partnership took on the center’s digital recording studio. Students learned from local professionals about movie score production, engineering acoustical environments, and music and architectural design. The partnership included visits to Bates Technical College, Tacoma Community College, The Experience Music Project, and a private recording studio. Like the first partnership, select students will present their designs to MPT leadership.

Another youth learning opportunity will take place for the public art installation that will be part of the center. Experience suggests that these partnerships will improve facility design, create community ownership of the new center, and contribute to the development of critical thinking and persuasive writing skills among participating young people.