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A multi-week workshop that empowers young women to learn about career opportunities in the construction industry & public art, promoting personal growth and self-empowerment.

Taking Up Space: A Seat at the Table


Learn about tools and techniques in construction from powerful women.  Gain hands-on experience with tools, learn valuable skills, and explore the world of construction and public art.

All applicants from the Grier Heights community will be granted admission. Applicants from other Charlotte area neighborhoods will be invited to join the program based on their application submission.

ALL people MUST fill out an application to attend.

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"If they don't give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair."
- Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm

To change the way leadership looks, you must take matters into your own hands and push to be seen. In 1968, Shirley Chisholm became the first Black woman elected to Congress. Then she made history again when she became the first woman and African American to seek the nomination for president of the United States in 1972. 

Creativity & Innovation Labs: 
Build Your Own Chair

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What will come of this project?

The workshops will culminate in a Traveling Exhibition of Chairs, along with related programming and panel discussions. Additionally, the initiative will establish connections between the women participants and employer partners in the skilled trades.

Thank You to Our Generous Sponsor


Thank You to Our Partners

In addition to our partners, we would like to thank Dr. Claudia Garrido Martins, Assistant Professor of Engineering Technology and Construction Management and Dr. Yutin (Tina) Chen, Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering and Construction Management from the William States College of Engineering  and UNC Charlotte who generously gave of their time in assisting with planning this program.

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