On Saturday March 28th the Greater Columbia Section of the American Institute of Architects, in association with the Columbia Museum of Art, hosted 35 students from Richland School District Two’s ALERT program during their third annual Kids in Architecture Day.
The event is aimed at introducing students to the design process, establishing design related vocabulary, enhancing communication skills, and creating awareness of the built environment. This year’s event achieved program goals through a series of sketching exercises and a kite building workshop, both of which were centered on the museum’s current “Eye to the East: Ancient Chinese Art” exhibit.
The event was a complete success and yielded the largest turnout for the event to date. The response and interest from the ALERT program students and their families was so great that it has prompted AIA Greater Columbia to consider hosting additional events throughout the year.
The AIA Greater Columbia Section would like to thank the Columbia Museum of Art for their generous donation of all materials for the exercises as well as access to the museum and its education spaces. Most importantly the section would like to recognize and thank all volunteers for the event including Ali Bordchardt, Shannon Calloway, Janie Kronk, Tripp Riley, Marc Warren, Josh Boltinhouse, Justin Wallace, Kim Nelson, Celia Mackintosh, Elinor Angel, Heather Spigner, Megan Cordell, Holly Clarkson and Tristan Kinnucan.