Kite’s Nest is a new place dedicated to curiosity and inquiry in Hudson, NY. We are a group of people that have come together around the idea of creating an extraordinary environment for children to work, play, and grow. We believe that through transforming relationships to both learning and places of learning, people can gain the knowledge, skills, and courage to make positive changes in their lives and in the world around them. We opened our doors in January 2013, and have launched three projects of our center: programs for children and youth, a community kitchen, and a listening project.
WORKSHOPS FOR CHILDREN
Learning is most meaningful and durable when it emerges from life.
We believe that the knowledge, cultures, and practices of the communities around us represent a lifetime of valuable experiences for our children. We develop programming based on the strengths of people who live here, connecting young minds with people who have something to share. We believe that children learn by generating their own knowledge through experience: drawing their own conclusions, and constructing their own theories through interactions with the world.
Each season, we gather tools, materials, and people around a particular theme, designing a set of workshops on that theme that aim to induce wonder and spark enthusiasm for the everyday world around us. Our workshops provide opportunities for young people to generate knowledge and value, sharing and exchanging it with each other and with society.
Eating together, with all the flavors, smells, and surprises of a good meal, can be a profound and simple way to better know each other and the world.
We have collaborated with Basilica Hudson and opened a commercial kitchen at our site, designed to be a culinary commons: a venue for making food with and for our children and city. A community kitchen, café and pantry, and a space for children’s work and play. We are especially excited about how a kitchen can be a lens through which to explore science and culture. We propose our kitchen to the city as a place of encounter: where people trade knowledge and skills, across cultures and between generations. A space committed to strengthening our region’s food security, where people who live here can integrate local food into daily life and participate in the wellness of their community. Together we will plan meals, shop, cook, process, and serve; we will grow, harvest, forage, and prepare; and together we will eat.
A LISTENING PROJECT
How does learning happen in our community? Where does it happen? What does it look like?
Our listening project keeps Kite’s Nest rooted in this inquiry and committed to the practice of listening to our city. Over the course of the past year, we have hosted a series of one-on-one interviews and group conversations with a wide range of people who live and work here. The project will generate a shared collection of narratives that explore the fabric of our community and the strengths, needs, and experiences of people who call Hudson home. Over time, the children we work and play with will explore the city with us -- as listeners, investigators, cartographers, urban planners, narrators, and curators of a changing and growing understanding of place.
Kite’s Nest is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Your donations to the Kite's Nest are 100% tax-deductible.