Imagine a joyful, bright, multipurpose, open-air classroom and maker space attached to a single family home.
It’s a space built with COVID-19 safety and community in mind to foster creativity and curiosity, and it’s carefully crafted and curated by two caring and visionary neighbors. It’s a space that reimagines a new way of being, while also embracing and addressing current existing reality.
It’s a space for children, elders, plus dreamers and imaginaries of every age to congregate, share and learn together.
Welcome to The Reframe Collective, the brainchild of Concordia couple Caitlin Quinn and Blue O’Connor at 6114 N.E. 35th Ave.
Caitlin, vivacious and dressed in juicy colors, holds a degree in costume design and had a long career as a public school teacher. Blue, a builder and mechanically-minded maker with a gentle and sincere smile, said he is happiest when dirty and helping.
The two ignited the spark for their shared venture when they became parents in 2017. “We had a very intentional conversation about the world we wanted for our child and about how we learn and grow in community,” Caitlin explained. “It evolved from there.”
What happens at The Reframe Collective? The briefest explanation might be intergenerational learning. But that doesn’t even begin to touch on what’s on offer.
Everything can be enjoyed, from preschool, experiential Tool School workshops and summer camps, to community-building events, in-person gatherings, online courses, clothing swaps and one-on-one consultations.
All are intended to foster empowerment, variety, communications, self-reliance, collaboration, problem solving, skill building, beauty making, celebration of meaningful phases of life and the paradigm-shifting work of reframing.
What is reframing? It’s looking at things in a new way to discover the positive and gather the flint of inspiration to create the future.
“Our intent is to offer the community a library of possibilities,” Caitlin shared, while Blue pointed out that they are longtime dreamers, not afraid of the process.
Now coming up on its second anniversary in March, The Reframe Collective is more committed than ever to forge a new way forward. As the website reports, “Each moment holds a vital opportunity to remake the world.”
According to a palpably enthusiastic Caitlin, “Everyone is a maker. Everyone is creative.”
You can explore the Reframe Community at TheReframeCollective.com to sign up for the newsletter, check out the seasonal offerings and learn more about the preschool. Emails are welcome at ReframeNW@gmail.com.
Carrie Wenninger lives on 29th Avenue in Concordia. She is a freelance writer, a mom, a world traveler and a small business marketing consultant. Contact her at WurdGurl@gmail.com.