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A 100% student-led project where youth get to play with light, art and creativity on a global scale.

Global Create-a-thon

Napa, United States
What happens when you give students a high visibility space in the community to present their creative projects and then give them a day to create art, animations, drawings, photographs, stop action, green screen videos to fill that public space? Pure magic. This project is a collaborative design challenge where all the artwork created is incorporated into Lighted Art Festivals around the world.

What is Global Create-a-thon?

 Brette Woessner, New Tech Network Coach
“Everything in this project is authentic and mirrors a real-world working situation from daily scaffolding to benchmarks and the culminating product. ”

Brette Woessner, New Tech Network Coach

What we do?

This project is a day-long design challenge where all the artwork created is incorporated into Lighted Art Festivals and other public venues around the world. The live event is combined with a month long call for art from students from around the globe. This year’s event included an entire high school, two additional high school classes in other cities, as well as two college level classes, a team of high school students who owned/planned/led the event, and finally, a team of teachers, and industry experts who supported the students in their process. Moving forward, students want to continue to collaborate internationally and showcase student artwork at lighted art festivals and other venues (both in person and online) around the world. 

This project gives students an entire day to explore, create, make and share their works of art with the greater community. This event can be done on a small scale, within a classroom, to large scale, including many school collaborating together. Art can be created in both low tech ways with pencils and crayons and high tech ways, with tablets, computers and cameras. The driving force in this project is to give students the power to plan the day and then run the event for their fellow classmates, while providing the support from industry experts and teachers. The project is 100% student-led and 100% teacher supported. 

Students plan and run the event, create lessons and tutorials for their fellow students and get to showcase their natural abilities as artists and leaders in their own right. Through our large international network, we can help to find industry/community experts who are willing to mentor leader students in other cities and countries.

It is critical that we raise the stakes for students by showcasing artwork in a public manner, outside of the classroom, so that communities understand the importance of student voice within the larger eco-system of community. 

Why we do it?

According to the 2019 study by Adobe: Creativity and Education: Why it matters, 71% of college-age professionals say creative thinking should be taught as a course, like math and science. 78% say that creativity is very important to their career and 82% wish they had more exposure to creative thinking as students. But in our rush to cover content, teachers and administrators are forgetting to make space and time for students to explore their creativity.  This project also serves to amplify student voice in the greater community.

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Tips for implementation
Students plan and run the event, create lessons and tutorials for their fellow students and get to showcase their natural abilities as artists and leaders in their own right. Find industry/community experts who are willing to mentor your leader students.
Contact information
Lisa Gottfried

See this innovation in action

Global Create-a-thon Successfully Brings Agency Using Art & Technology For Its Students
Student Testimonial: Enabling Student's Creative Abilities With New Tech's Create-a-thon 2020
Global Create-a-thon 2020 Overview.mp4
Submit your Artwork!
What is the Global Create-a-thon? 2 minute Student-Created Video
Create-a-thon 2019 Mini-documentary 90sec
How We Turned a Huge Failed Project into a Major Success


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Choose a student leadership team
Choose a student class or group that will plan and implement the day event.
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Get administrative buy-in
Choose a time and place and reserve a day of instruction for the event.
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Students kick off the day
How will students get the rest of the school excited about the day? Store all logistics, lessons and information in one central place.
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Work with adults as mentors
Bring in experts who know how make art or run large events for a living.
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Let the students lead
Students are in charge. As the educator, you are the guide on the side.
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Contact Us to Collaborate
There are three ways you can get involved! Submit work to the Global showcase. Run your own Create-a-thon, OR run a satellite Create-a-thon on the same day we run ours in Napa, Jan. 13, 2020. Share in the day through live-streaming and video conferencing.
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