Lauren Elder collaborates with community groups and schools to create unique gardens, pocket parks, recreational areas and small structures in both Northern California and various countries in Latin America. As a bi-lingual artist/designer, she enjoys working with Spanish-speaking communities and furthering cross-cultural understanding. Several projects have been published in “Asphalt to Ecosystems” by Sharon Danks (2010) and “Urban Homesteading” by Kaplan/Blume (2011). Projects have a strong design underpinning, with a commitment to ecologically appropriate plantings and conservative water use. Trained in Fine Arts/Sculpture, Elder facilitates the creation of colorful artwork by participants and is directly engaged in its fabrication in metal, ceramic and wood.
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Our mission is to build community through creative projects. We collaborate with schools, libraries, community centers, municipalities and military facilities. Our projects include infrastructure (bridges, benches, maps, signs, gardens, trails, etc), public art (mosaics, concrete, ceramic murals, stained glass, metal, etc), and all kinds of fun experiences (puppets, parades, festivals, etc). We work with you to find materials, develop community assets, and facilitate quality programs. Concrete Couch has garnered many awards, including “empowering youth through public art”, “project of the year award”, “exceptional creative opportunities”, and numerous design and community building honors.
Nancy Striniste, founder of EarlySpace, is a landscape designer and former teacher. She has been designing earth-friendly, people-friendly natural play and learning spaces for children since the mid-80’s. Her palette includes stone, wood, water and plants. Projects begin with a community charette where participants learn about the value of reconnecting children to nature and collaborate to create a vision for their new space. Children and adults work together to help build their space, planting native trees, shrubs and perennials, creating mosaic streams and benches, and through natural building projects such as cob, straw bale and living roof construction.
Tom Arie Donch, president, has orchestrated hundreds of projects in twenty states over thirty years. With a passion for learning and sharing the ingredients of successful community built events he has collaborated with over fifty community built association members and firms. His work has included parks, playgrounds, public sculpture, murals, nature trails, skateboard parks, school enhancements, low income housing projects, environmental projects, gardens and plazas. Currently Tom is lecturing on CBA work, mentoring and making himself available for one large project a year. He gives free consulting to communities to help them connect with CBA professionals and achieve their dreams.
John Pitman Weber is an active public artist with decades of experience in mosaics, cement reliefs, carved brick, painted murals, and useable sculpture for outdoor spaces. He has led large work in Los Angeles, New York City, Spencer IA, Broward County, FL and recently in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain. His projects are in schools, on playgrounds and in the street, libraries, churches, colleges and community centers. He leads workshops and lectures on community public art in English, Spanish and French. Based in Chicago, he is an active member of the Chicago Public Art Group.
Since 1971, Leathers & Associates has been on hand to celebrate the opening of more than 3,000 playgrounds in all 50 states and 7 countries. We specialize in custom-designed play spaces that are a reflection of children’s imaginations and the product of collective energy and creativity of the entire community. Our mission is to create unique playgrounds for children of all abilities. We work hand-in-hand with our clients to ensure our projects are cost effective, safe and provide well-rounded play environments. With a commitment to quality and safety, it is our goal to produce an awe inspiring playground that has a positive and long lasting impact on a community.
Play by Design Co-founders Lee Archin and Dave Iannello, both are talented designers and community organizers who began the company based on their vision and passion for design and quality construction. Designer John Dean, who was with us from the outset, is joined on the design team by Dennis Wille and Lisa Deshano. Our core group has more than 100 years of combined experience leading volunteers in the design and construction of hundreds of community-built playgrounds throughout the U.S. as well as in Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. All members of our design-and-build team are Certified Playground Safety Inspectors (CPSIs).
How do you suspend 12 oversized weather balloons from an occupational therapy room ceiling in a school for special needs kids? The usual answer is you can’t. That’s because architects of most children’s learning and play facilities don’t ask questions like that.
SCHOOLWORKS, designers and builders of childrens’ places since 1971, understands that kids and the people devoted to their care and education should be able to interact with their environments in ways that encourage them to stretch their imaginations – to make their classrooms and playgrounds places where even the most improbable ideas can be realized – and that they and their communities can even build these places themselves.
Bond Anderson of Sound Play, Inc. works with schools, communities and organizations to design and build outdoor musical instruments for parks and playgrounds. We can work with volunteers on site or provide completed instruments for your community built project. Our first musical playground was built in collaboration with elementary school students in 1982; now, more than 30 years later, we have over 650 installations in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom and other international sites. Our great passion is creating truly great musical instruments for people of all ages and abilities to enjoy self-expression and build community through music