A Treehouse for Dreaming

A Treehouse for Dreaming

In 2007, YoungArts restored the Dene Summer House in Central Park and dedicated it to all artists as a place to foster creativity and the collaborative spirit in an open and beautiful atmosphere in the middle of America’s greatest city.  YoungArts hopes this enchanting house, now named “A Treehouse for Dreaming,” will continue to serve as a destination of contemplation and inspiration for all of its visitors.

In an effort to help all dreamers find the Treehouse, YoungArts Alumnus Chat Travieso has created a map that will help you arrive to your destination.  To download, click here.

Located on the east perimeter of Central Park, right off the entrance near 67th Street on Fifth Avenue, “A Treehouse for Dreaming” is a rustic and enchanting 19th-century summer house that is hard to miss. We hope when you visit you will share your photos with us, so we can post them here!  Email alumni@youngarts.org or post them on Facebook or Twitter to the handle @YoungArts.

Happy Dreaming!

About the artist:

Chat TraviesoChat Travieso, 2003 YoungArts Winner in Visual Arts and U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts, was born and raised in Miami, Florida and attended high school at New World School of the Arts. He went on to study art at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), where he majored in general fine arts and minored in culture and politics. Upon graduating in 2007, Chat was awarded the Shipleys of Maryland Award, awarded to the graduating student with the highest grade point average, and The F. Grainger Marburg Traveling Award, which allowed him to travel to Cuba to investigate public space in Old Havana in 2008.

Chat continued his studies at the Yale School of Architecture, where he received his Master of Architecture degree in 2010. While at Yale, Chat was a nominee for The H.I. Feldman Prize, one of the most prestigious awards at the School of Architecture, and received The Harvey R. Russell Scholarship and The Moulton Andrus Award, awarded to a graduating student who has achieved excellence in art and architecture.

Chat currently works as an architectural designer at WXY Architecture + Urban Design in New York City, where he has been involved in a variety of projects ranging in scale.  While at this firm, he has project managed design competitions for pedestrian bridges in Columbus, OH and Providence, RI, project managed the design development and construction documentation for the renovation of an art museum in SoHo, participated in community outreach for urban design projects in the Bronx and Manhattan, and worked on a number of public space projects throughout New York City.  Prior to WXY, Chat worked at Harrison Atelier, Interboro Partners, and as an artist assistant for Michael Rakowitz.

Chat has  entered a number of design and architecture competitions independently and continued to create art.  His work can take a variety of forms, from drawing and sculpture, to video and photography, to full scale prototypes.  He is interested in the places we live and how we shape them and they shape us in our everyday life.  Promoting resourceful living with a stress on multi-use and making-do tactics, much of his work addresses issues of the marginalized, the abandoned, and the discarded in our urban sectors as they apply to spaces, communities, persons, and objects.