Who knew what it takes to create a video game? Or design a cool pair of kicks? Or build a building??? The more than 550 seventh graders who attended Cool Jobs learned a lot about jobs in the creative economy and met some very cool people in the process.
Over three days Fresh Artists, the nonprofit behind the event, arranged for more than 550 seventh grade students from 12 Philadelphia public schools to visit the event space Moulin in East Falls to meet with a range of not-so-starving artists, designers, and other creative professionals. The goal: introduce kids to jobs they can love for life.
A “dream wall” near the exit offered an opportunity for kids to write what they might want to be when they grow up. Some were clearly influenced by the presenters they’d met. I interviewed several students to see what they were taking away from the experience.