The Rye Free Reading Room’s “Sketching Rye” program returns this fall, enabling teens to learn about the history, architecture and design of the city. The program brings together the library, the Rye Arts Center and the Rye Historical Society for the second time.
A group of 12 teens, from ages 13 to 15, recruited from Rye High School and the Rye Youth Council, will work with new and old tools to recreate their favorite Rye landmarks.
“This program was deemed a very unique opportunity and worthwhile experience for young people, so we wanted to repeat it to give more kids a chance,” said Doreen Munsie, public communications coordinator for the Rye library. “I believe the selection is really about finding individuals who express genuine interest and are willing to commit to the program series.”
Interested teens will use historic sources in the library’s local history collection and SketchUp, a 3-D design software formerly owned by Google, and also receive help from a Rye Arts Center instructor and the Rye Historical Society. At the end of the multi-week program, the group will present their designs and newfound knowledge to the city Landmarks Advisory Committee and local history experts.
“The kids are going up to the historical society to pull up a lot of historical photographs and plans for buildings in Rye [and] also taking their own photos of existing buildings,” said Adam Levi, the Rye Arts Center’s senior director. “Then they’ll go into SketchUp to recreate these buildings from the ground up. They become 3-D models for printing or display. It’s merging old skills with new skills.”