who we are:

The Children's Innovation Project is Directed by Jeremy Boyle and Melissa Butler. Jeremy and Melissa began working together in 2003 when Jeremy was a Resident Artist at the Mattress Factory. Since then, they have 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 work in her Kindergarten classroom at Pittsburgh Allegheny K-5 (Pittsburgh Public Schools).

Jeremy Boyle received his BFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago and MFA from The Ohio State University. He was a founding member of the Chicago group Joan of Arc and has performed music (both solo and collaborative) throughout the United States, Canada and Japan. Jeremy has exhibited artwork, most of which is sound and technology based, in major cities across the U.S. including Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Buffalo, Davenport, Sacramento, Seattle, Miami, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. Jeremy currently lives in rural western PA and is Assistant Professor of Art at Clarion University of Pennsylvania and Resident Artist at CMU's CREATE Lab.

Melissa Butler is a Kindergarten teacher at Pittsburgh Allegheny K-5 in the Pittsburgh Public Schools. She has been teaching for 23 years and 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, ages 3-8, is a Teacher Consultant with the Western PA Writing Project and Teacher in Residence at CMU's CREATE Lab.

Jeremy Boyle: boyle.jer@gmail.com
Melissa Butler: butler.melissa@gmail.com