MOBILE WOODSHOP PROJECT
project is to create a mobile woodworking training workshop (on wheels.) We
will target both students and all citizens who have a desire to learn basic
and practical woodworking skills as well as those seeking careers in the
construction industry, home repairs and learn proven methods to become
artisans and entrepreneurs. ZCAF with local artisans and carpenters will
help participants to develop job skills, while reinforcing community
involvement and offer numerous opportunities in woodworking and the
Woodshop Project Overview
The ZCAF mobile woodshop will provide critical
woodworking equipment, instructional support, and materials to fulfill a
void in careers in woodworking and carpentry.
The ZCAF mobile woodshop will provide accessible
work areas that allow interested citizens of all ages to participate and
learn the art of wood and woodworking.
The ZCAF mobile woodshop will set a rotating
schedule to visit selected community recreation centers and participate with
current during and after school programs, and other non-profits involved in
work force development and housing.
The target outcome is to maximize two DC
resources that are currently under served. DC citizens who are currently
unable to gain employment or in need of retraining for the construction
trades, including but not limited to students, returning vets, ex-offenders,
seniors, retirees and those interested in learning to work with their hands.
Also, those who simply are interested in developing a new skill in the art
of woodworking. We seek to maximize the vast supply of usable fallen trees
belonging to DC Residents that are now removed by the Utility companies and
not used by their rightful owners, citizens of DC. We want to put the Urban
Saw Mills in DC to work for DC residents.
The ZCAF mobile workshop will introduce our
citizens to the entire spectrum of the craft and business of woodworking. As
we develop levels of proficiency with participants we will encourage them to
become mentors to new participants of the program. Through this process our
participants will develop organizational and tutorial skills, and offer an
entrance into careers in woodworking, carpentry, the construction industry,
and general home repairs. The Mobile Woodshop will empower our citizens to
become good stewards of their community’s sustainable environment, as well
as to fulfill a void in woodworking careers in our community.
Participants who reach various levels of mastery
will be able to take their new found skills into working on their own homes,
creating utility items, such as desks, stools, tables, and artisan pieces to
sell at local fairs creating their own businesses. The Mobile Woodshop will
open doors of opportunity. Nothing is more satisfying than seeing the fruits
of your labor. The Mobile Woodshop will be vehicle to achieve this goal.
The Mobile Woodshop will be made available and
work with community partners for their own projects and to the City of
Washington, D.C. for disaster relief and projects and programs.
imaginations of students from three local elementary schools who were
challenged to create art objects from food, these images were published in
ZCAF's 2011 annual Food Calendar themed Sustainable
and Scrumptious. The project, selected to create greater awareness
of the environment and promote healthy sustainable dining, concluded with
21 tiles made from these images installed as a mural
at the Oyster School, Washington, D.C. in August of 2012.
The Food Glorious Food is a
unique annual collaboration between artists, top area chefs, businesses and
individuals that has raised more than $100,000 for the Capital Area Food
Bank in just four years. Launched in 2005, the mix of food, art and
charity includes a month-long art show of food in all its fabulous forms; a
calendar with art from the show and delectable recipes; and a calendar
launch party and silent auction.
platform for environmental initiatives, was launched in 2008 to increase
awareness of America’s endangered natural treasures. Its inaugural
project, What Remains: The American Landscape Portfolio of
limited-edition prints, benefits the environment through the sale of giclée
prints of renowned realist painter Bradley Stevens’s majestic landscapes.
Its first beneficiary is the Trust for Public Land and other non-profit
environmental groups will be added as the program expands.
The Freedom Place Collection
of 56 privately held works by preeminent African American
artists Romare Bearden, Benny Andrews, Alma Thomas, Robert Freeman and
Richard Yarde was an immediate success when it was unveiled by ZCAF at
Zenith Gallery, Washington, DC, in fall 2007. Since then, the collection has
been shown at Meridian House International and Congressional Bank in
Washington DC, the University of New England in Camden, Maine and at Monroe
Community College's Mercer Gallery in Rochester, New York.