Rigamajig was developed in 2011 by Cas Holman for Friends of the High Line in collaboration with early learning educators, woodworkers and children. It was launched in New York City’s High Line Park as the High Line Children’s Workyard Kit and reflects the park’s industrial history, simple, honest materiality, and the organization’s dedication to creating meaningful play opportunities for children and families. Since its debut, the Rigamajig has made a home in hundreds of schools, playgrounds, children’s museums, and backyards. The award winning design is evolving and expanding as we learn from our pilot schools and playful friends.
Cas Holman continues to design and advocate for play, imaginative making, and art education. Her ongoing relationships with visionary schools, teachers, and children’s museums give her opportunities to observe and learn from experts in childhood and play. With them she has designed playgrounds, indoor play spaces and learning materials that let children and play guide the learning. She works closely with a team of educational thought-leaders to bring the play-centered pedagogy of Anji Play China to the rest of the world. She is an Associate Professor of Industrial Design at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), and is constantly discovering connections between design education, early childhood, and play.
Learn more at CasHolman.com