A new initiative launched by not-for-profit organization Back on My Feet teaches design and construction to the homeless. Through the PIVOT apprenticeship, participants are trained to identify objects of historical value, plan a restoration art project and implement their ideas into actionable activities. They are introduced to the basic principles of design, furniture design, art history and artistic expression through instruction in the hands-on, re-purposing of old discarded and/or vintage furnishing.
Unlike traditional vocational programs, PIVOT is designed to accommodate different skill levels within different allied fields of carpentry, and construction. A blend of artists, designers and creative individuals lead the workshops to help members create one-of-a-kind art furnishings that are sold online and at events to benefit the Back on My Feet program.
“The PIVOT initiative is an extension of our running-based program which builds confidence and self-sufficiency and includes housing and employment resources for our members,” said Anne Mahlum, Back on My Feet founder and CEO. “We are very excited about this program, which we feel will open doors for more members looking to build their talent and have the best opportunity to succeed.”
The newest editions to the furniture collection will be introduced to the New York City design community and will be up for sale at PIVOT’s launch event at the Soho House on September 26. The pieces can also be bought online at From The Source starting next month.