In response to the immense challenges faced throughout 2020 and 2021, the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust is proud of the educational efforts made in these extraordinary times. To maintain safety, the Education Department produced new virtual program options for schools and families. Educators designed and implemented a virtual after-school club, engaging youth in weekly design challenges with the goal of designing a home of the future by the end of the five-week session. As one parent expressed, “This was amazing! He looked forward to every class and threw himself headfirst into all the homework assignments often spending hours upon hours, thinking, talking about and planning his projects. He is already asking for another class.”
Virtual programming also allowed the Trust to maintain its longstanding partnership with Oak Park’s District 97, offering prerecorded tours and live virtual workshops to the fourth graders in the district. While the programs differed in format from those in previous years, teachers were pleased. “I was so happy with the way everything went. Our virtual workshop was perfect, and the kids really got into the material and the work. In fact, I gave them 20 minutes after the presentation was over to continue working on their blueprints because they were so wrapped up in the designing.”
Beginning with 2021 summer camp, programming returned in-person offerings with in-depth, site-specific lessons connecting architecture to sound and music. Trust educators are now facilitating both virtual and increasingly frequent in-person tours and workshops to K-12 student groups.
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