The Octavia Project’s summer programs are going strong! See below for details, and don’t forget to follow along on Instagram for all the latest happenings.

It was a very busy week for the Institute! They had their first app lab day, learning how to design and build applications through They also took their first field trip, and traveled to the Weeksville Heritage Center to explore Black history, art, and culture in New York City. 

And they had two urban-planning days with guest speaker Daphne Lundi, Deputy Director for Living Streets and Public Spaces at NYC Mayor’s Office of Climate and Environmental Justice, where they unraveled the history of New York, created New York City fortune tellers, and developed their own design briefs for sites in the city they would like to change.

Urban planning was the focus at Camp this week as well. Campers met Louise Yeung, Chief Climate Officer at NYC Office of the Comptroller, who introduced them to urban planning and led an exploration of how policy shapes our public spaces. Campers were invited to create maps of their own ideal city.

The next day, campers headed to the Brooklyn Museum, where they explored artwork and let the space inspire their own creativity! They also learned about branching narratives by writing fanfiction based on our book club book, Artie and the Wolf Moon.

We can’t wait for you to see the incredible projects our Institute participants have been working on at our Summer Showcase on Thursday, August 4th, 5-6:30pm at PS122 Gallery in Manhattan. Save the date!