Posted on July 01 2014

Staple has long been dedicated to education – but not necessarily in its traditional form – we encourage education through creative means.  We came across one such creative platform for education called POWRPLNT, a modern day digital arts “collaboratory,” which doubles as an indoor garden and computer lab / design studio. Located at 119 Myrtle Ave. in Brooklyn, they offer courses in everything from Ableton to After Effects, and boast a unique approach to creative work and collaboration. The indoor garden aspect of the space creates a vibrant and verdant space for people to work, while educating their students about the importance of modern day gardening techniques. The studio space offers people, ages 13-18, free four week long interest-driven classes on contemporary computer programs and introductions to urban gardening. Those individuals 18 and up can also participate in the creative process by signing up for a class after making a tax-deductible donation. When classes are not in session, the space serves as a temporary studio that runs off donations, knowing people will come to start new projects or return to finish old ones. They are also open to people who have mastered a particular program, signing up to teach classes in the space. By providing free classes to the youth taught by masters of the digital arts, POWRPLNT creates progressive means of learning and collaboration. Check out POWRPLNT's website here and check them out on Facebook here.

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