After learning about this interest from teens in Bubbler programs, Scooter Software put up the funding to develop and integrate a shoe design curriculum into the Making Justice program.
Teaching artist, Carlos Eduardo Gacharna, came home to Madison to facilitate the Bubbler's inaugural Shoe Design residency in a weeklong series with youth residing at the Dane County Juvenile Court Shelter Home. Carlos and the students, along with Carlos's teaching assistant who originally suggested shoe design to Carlos as a teen participant in a different Bubbler program one year ago, worked together to experiment with different types of footwear and different levels of design while documenting their processes and sharing all of their findings -- all in an effort to begin building the foundation of an in-depth shoe design program for Madison teens.
WATCH the intro video with Carlos below: [video created by Sarah Maughan, multimedia designer UW Madison School of Education]
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Teaching artist, Sam Christensen, led an afternoon shoe painting workshop with students at the Dane County Juvenile Detention Center that resulted in some one-of-a-kind products. Some students finished within our visit, and some students were allowed to continue working on their shoes when time allowed throughout the rest of their stay, and all students were allowed to put their creations into their personal property to take with them upon release.
Teaching artist, Rodrigo Carapia, uses his painting and graffiti skills to start students out at square one by considering meaningful shoe design options on paper or canvas prior to grabbing a real pair of sneakers.
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