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Design Mentorship Residency

A dynamic new enhancement to Thrive, Designers Mentors assist students of Central High School in Helena-West Helena, Arkansas. Plugging into current STEM curriculum provided by Arkansas's successful EAST Initiative, Thrive's residents work alongside students in and out of the classroom to provide extra personal attention and industry expertise as teams work to design solutions to community challenges.

Designers and students ARE provided with:

  • Access to 5,600 square feet of collaborative studio space

  • Access to wood shop and metal shop

  • Wireless internet, electricity, and water bills provided

  • Access to clean office with dedicated desk space

Goals of the Designers In Residence program:

Goal 1:
To assist in the development of a creative cluster of Helena/Phillips County residents

Goal 2:
To enhance the number of creative problem solvers in our community—ultimately leading to diverse job skills, strengthened confidence, and life planning skills in our citizenry—thus creating a results-driven sense of community pride 

Goal 3:
Assist in breaking the cycle of endemic and pervasive poverty through arts and design education