Idea collective 


Empowering the next generation of creative thinkers through craft + community + sustainability.

IDEA (Innovation. Design. Education. Art.) Collective is a portable art studio that hosts youth craft workshops with a focus in metalworking, paper model-making, and public art.  We integrate creativity, and artistic skills and processes with environmental education to empower the next generation of mindful creatives. Founded by Sam Castner and myself and based in the Finger Lakes Region of New York.

We offer an alternative learning environment to traditional public school classes, which gives students employable skills, such as welding, and the opportunity to connect with community.


IDEA also delivers environmental, STEAM-based craft kits giving the gift of curiosity and creativity to children. MakerKid Kits were created to bring fun independent learning to homes, while helping parents provide meaningful experiences to their children.

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