Our mission at Little Loft is to bring families together to discover their own creativity.
We offer a space where parents or caregivers can share in the creative process. Art making fosters growth and development by building self confidence, encouraging self expression, forming a strong identity, reinforcing a sense of competence and accomplishment.
By providing these enriching experiences, we enable young artists to better understand themselves and make connections to the world around them.
Little Loft was started by two moms who wanted more child-centered activities in the neighborhood for their own children.
Keira Havner is the great granddaughter of a music teacher, the granddaughter of an elementary teacher and the daughter of a children’s librarian. As a child, she cherished the time with her mother making, inventing and creating. She pursued a Bachelor of Fine Arts and upon graduation worked as an educator at The Children’s Museum in Portland, Oregon. Teaching art at an early childhood campus in DC for seven years inspired her both personally and professionally, as did an enlightening study tour in Reggio Emilia, Italy. She incorporates art experiences into her two children's lives as often as she can. Little Loft is a place where she hopes to honor the generations of teachers who preceded her and celebrate the innate creativity in all children. Keira and her family moved back to Portland in 2014 after a fifteen year East Coast field trip.
Lia Salza Goldstein has early memories of going to the fabric store with her mother, giving her a fondness and appreciation for all things handmade. She began her career as a teacher and reading tutor before going to Harvard Graduate School of Education to study cognitive development. She has worked with students in Massachusetts, Hawaii, and Washington DC. Lia is now raising three children in which is bringing her back to her creative roots. Her involvement with Little Loft came about through her search for quality neighborhood activities for children and her desire to collaborate on a community project with an educator who shares her vision.