who we are

Children's Innovation Project was Co-Founded by Melissa Butler and Jeremy Boyle in 2010. Melissa and Jeremy began working together in 2003 when Jeremy was a Resident Artist at the Mattress Factory. They worked on numerous arts-integrated projects with children in Kindergarten through Grade 5. In 2010, Jeremy was hired as a Resident Artist in the CREATE Lab and he and Melissa began to develop the Children's Innovation Project through teaching and learning in her Kindergarten classrooms at Pittsburgh Allegheny K-5 (Pittsburgh Public Schools).

Melissa Butler is the current Director of Children's Innovation Project. She is a teacher, writer, researcher and educational consultant with a focus on supporting children's curiosities through development of learning habits to notice and wonder, and also supporting teachers (and systems supporting teachers) to focus on teaching and learning conditions that support children's curiosities as a basis for inquiry. She taught for 23 years in urban public schools, most recently teaching Kindergarten in Pittsburgh Public Schools. She has a Masters Degree in Curriculum Theory from Penn State University and a Masters Degree in Creative Writing from the University of Cape Town. She is National Board Certified as an Early Childhood Generalist and a Teacher Consultant with the Western PA Writing Project/National Writing Project. She lives in Pittsburgh, PA.

As an artist, musician and educator, Jeremy Boyle explores the intersections of technology and creativity. He is co-founder of Children’s Innovation Project, and continues to create, produce and sell Circuit Blocks which are materials helpful for growing ideas of Children's Innovation Project. Jeremy is a founding and current member of the Chicago group Joan of Arc, who has recently toured Europe, Japan and the US in support of their latest record on Joyful Noise Recordings. He has exhibited artwork, most of which is sound and technology based, in major cities across the US, and has a forthcoming solo exhibition with collaborator Mark Franchino at Hallwalls in Buffalo, NY. He is currently faculty in the studio arts department at University of Pittsburgh.

Melissa Butler, Director, Co-Founder: butler.a.melissa@gmail.com                                                                                Jeremy Boyle, Co-Founder: boyle.jer@gmail.com