What you'll do
Beginning with a guided tour of our studio, you will then build your own cardboard creation, concluding with a chance to meet our fabricators for an in-depth look into how complex custom adaptations are built. During the tour you will see, touch, and try unique, fun solutions for improving accessibility. Our expert host will then lead a hands-on workshop, teaching you how to build a simple cardboard item such as a smartphone Easel or a cat-scratch box. You will learn basic cardboard carpentry techniques such as measuring, scoring, bending, gluing, and edging. Finally, one of our fabricators will share how they use the techniques you just learned to design and build complex, custom cardboard adaptations for children with disabilities. You will leave our studio with your own personal cardboard item that is small and light enough to fit into your carry-on. You are also welcome to donate your cat scratch box, and we will make sure it gets to a local animal shelter. Most importantly, you will leave with a deeper understanding of how affordable materials, simple tools, and your own creativity can generate solutions that make a difference in your own life or someone else's.
Marianne & Tamara
Marianne is an Artist/Maker of books & animated things and professor at NYU who explores collective storytelling practices, animation, paper engineering, as well as adaptive and assistive technology. Her artwork has appeared internationally in festivals and exhibitions, been featured in publications such as Hyperallergic, Make, and Wired, and broadcast on IFC and PBS. Her movable books can be found in museum and library collections including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the British Library, the Berlin Public Library, and Boston Library. Tamara is an artist, past art therapist, and co-host of Disabilities Redefined - an online TV show. She is an eternal optimist and a believer that people need people in order to create a better world. Through her art she explores the power of diverse bodies, love, connections, and achievement.
About the organisation
Adaptive Design Association, Inc.
The Adaptive Design Association builds custom adaptive equipment for children with disabilities, using readily available, affordable materials like cardboard and white glue. It was established in 1998 to help reform how we react to, and treat people living with disabilities.
This is a social impact experience where 100% of what you pay for this experience goes to Adaptive Design Association, Inc. .
All hand tools and materials needed to build using cardboard, including any safety gear. We will not be using any power tools…
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Where you'll be
You will be at the Adaptive Design studio in midtown Manhattan, minutes from Penn Station. The studio is a welcoming space where we design and build creative solutions to make this world an inclusive, accessible space. Before or after the activity we encourage you to independently explore neighborhood attractions like the Empire State Building, Korea town, the High Line, Times Square, Hudson Yards, Chelsea, and the original Macy's.
Things to keep in mind
For a full refund, cancel at least 7 days before the experience is scheduled to start or within 24 hours of purchase.
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Up to 10 guests aged 7 and up can attend.
You’ll need to take a picture of yourself that matches the photo on your ID. This is so Airbnb can confirm who’s actually going on the experience. You’ll only have to do this once.
Please contact in advance if: 1) you would like to discuss a different day/time for your experience. We can often accommodate for different schedules 2) you, or someone in your group needs special accommodations/visiting with children. We want to make your time here memorable and fun!
Building with cardboard for a good cause