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The first phase of renovations are complete as we transform the historic Howard & Stofft Stationery building into a modern collaborative learning center! We are excited to expand our downtown campus and add significant additional space for innovative teaching and learning.

On March 1 we opened the doors and celebrated the new center with the community. Since then, the building has been a hubbub of activity, hosting the drama classes, robotics club, career day, family nights, lunch recreation, the whole school meetings, professional development workshops, and special events like a reading by Tucson’s poet laureate and the 8th grade graduations.


Facility highlights & future design elements include:
  • Large commons space for performances and presentations
  • Makerspace & power tools workshop for hands-on projects
  • Teaching kitchen
  • Urban garden
  • Flexible spaces for small groups
  • Digital lab & multimedia work stations
  • Professional library for educators
  • Office space & meeting rooms

Our vision: The collaborative learning center will serve as an ‘innovation lab’ on our downtown campus. It will used by the students and staff of the Paulo Freire Freedom Schools and City High School in a variety of ways, including project-based learning, performances, arts and fitness electives, cooking classes, and whole school gatherings. The center will also be a space where teaching and learning practices can be developed and shared among educators to help transform the way we think about and “do” school. It will be a key feature in the professional development opportunities offered by CITY Center for Collaborative Learning and a resource for our community partners.

Progress is ongoing! While the first phase is complete and we have a certificate of occupancy for the ground floor, there are many elements of the building design we have yet to complete – and two floors still to access once a modern elevator is installed. Learn about our CITY Capital Campaign to engage the community in helping us raise the funds to make our full dream a reality!

What is a ‘makerspace’? middle schoolers demonstrate and define the concept: