Digging Deep: Planting with a Purpose

A workshop designed specifically for teens. Get your hands dirty digging in at the SCA planting seedlings and making expressive art inspired by the world around us. Work with The Epicenter founders Allison Paradise and Connor Maliesky.

June 23 | 9:00 am – 12:00 pm


June 23 | 9:00 am – 12:00 pm


About The Program

Get your hands dirty digging in at SCA as we plant seedlings and make expressive art inspired by the natural world! Spend the day in the sun creating art with a variety of mixed-media materials and explore what it means to be rooted with The Epicenter founders Allison Paradise and Connor Maliesky. Shop the SCA market for inspiration and let creativity be your guide as you find purpose and meaning in yourself and in the world around you. A healthy snack provided.
Connor Maliesky

Connor Maliesky

Connor Maliesky graduated college as a Mechanical Engineer and worked in the field for 3 years. He taught himself to make guitars during this time and fell in love with the process of turning raw timber into something that lives on to express emotions and feelings. He then began to work at an art-centered makerspace. While there, he learned the ins and outs of LED art and began to appreciate how hi-tech tools such as laser cutters and CNC machines could be used in a creative way. Aside from making things, Connor is fascinated with human behavior and how creativity plays out in the human experience. He’s assisted in developing daily readings and reflection questions for an online spiritual community, led group meditations, and aided in retreats online and at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, CA. It was during this time that Connor began to realize the importance of allowing youth a space to create from the source of their authentic selves.

Allison Paradise

Allison Paradise

Allison Paradise is the founder and CEO of The Epicenter and author of the children’s book The Mistake. Prior to founding The Epicenter, Allison was the founder and former CEO of My Green Lab, a non-profit organization with a mission to create a culture of sustainability through science. Under her leadership, My Green Lab became a global leader that has transformed the life sciences industry to be more sustainable. Allison worked as a research scientist and imaging consultant before founding My Green Lab. Allison holds degrees in neuroscience from Brown and Harvard. She is a frequent keynote speaker and in 2019 was invited to give a TED talk about her work in sustainability.

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