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Saying Goodbye To Summer 2017!

5 August 2017


It’s gone by way too fast, but this summer’s program has come to a close. Here’s a taste of all the world-building, coding, bonding, and experimenting that happened in part two of our program.

Architects Annie Kountz and Jessica Jorge taught us about scale and structure, and we made cities with our bodies.

We learned binary with software engineer Tyler Hoyt, and then used binary and ASCII encoding to weave secret messages with our frame looms.

We continued to have amazing guest speakers, including author NK Jemisin and biologist Adeodat Ilboudo.

The program ended with our annual Portfolio Showcase, a chance to share our digital portfolios and writing with family and friends. All of our digital portfolios can be viewed online—check ‘em out!

And one last humongous thank you to Ann and Jeff and VanderMeer Creative for sponsoring this summer’s program and to Pratt’s Writing MFA Program for hosting us in their beautiful community storefront space.

Smiles Hugs

See you all next summer!

Learn A Little About Our Great Summer 2017 Group

14 July 2017


We couldn’t be happier about the incredible group of girls we’re working with this summer, hosted at Pratt Institute’s beautiful MFA in Writing Storefront. We’re so excited to share a bit about our program with you!

Drip Painting 1

We’ve created branching narratives based on imagined and existing worlds; roamed Clinton Hill in the guise of explorers, botanists, and naturalists; and moved our bodies with yoga, karate, dance, and too many silly games.

We’ve been so happy to work with author Zetta Elliot and poet Nina Oteria to develop voice and personal authority. And we’ve been loving reading Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova in our book club!

Long time love of the Octavia Project, city planner Daphne Lundi, came back for another wonderful city planning workshop, this time with using ink drips to make emergent city maps!

We even made our own anthotypes using our handmade plant dye from spinach! Nom!

We can’t wait for more guests, quests, and magic to unfurl! Onward!!!

Register Today: Free Workshop Saturday April 1

14 March 2017


Teen girls in NYC: join us on Saturday, April 1, for a one-day workshop in science fiction and architecture!

Imaginary Cities Workshop

If you’re new to the Octavia Project, this is a great way to see what we’re all about! Past participants, come out and say hi to your OP friends! Or, if you know a teen girl* who might be interested in our summer program, have her check out this workshop! Find a sharable flyer here.

Who: Registration is free and open to teen girls* ages 13-17. (*We welcome participants who are trans, gender non-conforming, and questioning.)
When: Saturday, April 1, 11:45am-3pm
Where: Geek Forest, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
How: Registration is mandatory as seating is limited!  Register here. Healthy snacks will be provided.

April Workshop: Imaginary Cities
Join the Octavia Project for an afternoon of science fiction and architecture as we create our own Imaginary Cities. We’ll look at examples of imaginary cities in some of our favorite fiction, then design our own using the real-world tools of modern architects. Participants will leave the workshop with a taste of the Octavia Project free summer program.

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