Can we sparkle creativity in low income children´s lives without a budget, with only boxes?
This is a story of a 9-year-old, Caine Monroy, who spent his summer vacation building an elaborate cardboard arcade inside his dad’s used auto parts store.
The entire summer went by, and Caine had yet to have a single customer. Then, on the last day of summer, a filmmaker named Nirvan stopped to buy a door handle for his car. Caine asked Nirvan to play, and Nirvan bought a $2 FunPass, becoming Caine’s first customer. Inspired by Caine’s creativity, Nirvan came back to make a short film about Caine’s Arcade and organized a flashmob to surprise Caine with lots of customers.
This story is specially meaningful, a boy from a low income community whose life changed completely after one summer with nothing to do but boxes...
It makes me realize how important it is to give children to use their imagination.
Now a days chidlren are spending tones of hours in front of screens, TV, phones, social media.
What would happen if we took those things away and instead gave them cardboard, paper, pencils and scissors...
What if we gave them just stuff to thinker with, what if we challenged them to use their imagination...
I invite you to look into what the Imagination Fundation has done since that summer that Caine invented his arcaide.