Inhabitat would like to extend a super special congratulations to one of our favorite humanitarian programs, Studio H. The intensive high school design/build program has just received a hefty $40,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Studio H is part of a larger nonprofit design agency called Project H, which was founded in 2008 by Inhabitat editor Emily Pilloton. The design program focuses on teaching kids how to create and construct architecture that benefits their community, while enabling them to build their skill sets. The NEA grant will successfully propel Pilloton’s high school studio into yet another year of community service and education!

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Studio H is based in rural Bertie County, North Carolina, the poorest county in the state. Available for high school and college credit, as well as paid summer construction jobs, students come together to not only learn how to build, but also how to support and give back to the local community. Last year’s projects included a public chicken coop and a massive farmer’s market pavilion! The intensive program takes up a half day of school and allows participating kids to develop creativity, technical skill, teamwork, and most importantly, a sense of civic and social responsibility.

We will be sure to stay updated on the Studio H blog to see what the new year will bring for this exciting program!

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