Students, neighbors and supporters are invited to attend a community conversation as part of the Eliot School's process of figuring out its future facilities plans on June 24.
The Eliot School inspires lifelong learning in craftsmanship and creativity for people of all ages and all walks of life. Its programs reach more than 2,000 children in Boston's public schools and after-school centers, and some 1,600 people attend classes in its Eliot Street schoolhouse each year. The center has long been feeling a space crunch, and is in the middle of a multi-year process to figure out how it will achieve improved facilities in which to do its work -- including handicapped access, safe work environment, and enough room for teaching, administration, project preparation and storage -- a place that reflects its mission.
In 2018, a team of architects explored what it might look like to expand the schoolhouse on Eliot Street. This year, consultants Jennifer Gilbert and Traggorth Companies are exploring what it might look like to move operations to a new Boston location, either completely or in part.
In 2020, the Eliot School board will begin the process of deciding what path to take forward as it continues to serve children throughout Boston through its partnerships, and students of all ages in its own facilities.
The meeting on June 24 is a chance for interested people to come together and participate in conversations around the school's future space. People who would like to attend are encouraged to RSVP at eliotschoolspaceupdate0619.eventbrite.com.
The open meeting will take place Monday, June 24, 6:30 to 8pm at Farnsworth House (90 South St., Jamaica Plain).
Abigail Norman is the executive director of the Eliot School