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IMPACT! Design Strategies for Community Engagement

Dates: July 24-August 5, 2016
Tuition: $2,000
2 undergraduate studio credits

Design is a discipline that can provide better interactions around complex issues. Design’s job is to make messages more visible, communications simpler to understand, and services more accessible and effective.

Community engagement refers to the process by which a community (represented by a selection of organizations and individuals) is actively involved in building a collective solution for its own benefit. By collaboratively improving the design and delivery of public services, designers can assist communities in building more satisfying and meaningful lives. 

Each student will participate as a team member in the development of a project concept for a New York City neighborhood non-profit. Team members will learn to partner with local community leaders, organizations and residents to develop collaborative relationships. Interview and research techniques will guide teams thru the process of information gathering as well as navigating complex social, political and cultural factors. Creating a process that is transparent and participatory is critical to success.

A partnership with the New York City Department of Small Business Services will take the program out of the realm of theoretical thinking and extend it into the real world, giving students experience that is transferable to their own communities.  

The program is designed for advanced college students and for creative professionals who want to learn how to work more effectively with civic and community groups, as well as the ‘end users’ and front-line providers of public services. Conversations with a dynamic range of experts and community leaders will engage students in a dialog around a number of relevant topics.

Impact! faculty and guest lecturers have included: Michael BlakeneyChad BoettcherJohn Bruce, John Carlin, Allan Chochinov, Shana Dressler, Robert Fabricant, Lara Galinsky, Christine Gaspar, David Gibson, Milton Glaser, Scott Harrison, Steven HellerCynthia Lawson Jaramillo, Panthea Lee, Giuseppe Lignano, Chelsea Mauldin, Bob McKinnon, Michelle Mullineaux, Andréa Pellegrino, Mark Randall, Jason Rzepka, Ed Schlossberg, Cameron Tonkinwise, Ada Tolla, Katrin Verclas and Laetitia Wolff. 

PREREQUISITES: Participants must have completed at minimum their junior year of a college or university design program, or be an established creative professional. Students must be fluent, with a demonstrated talent in a design discipline; graphic, industrial, fashion, interactive, etc.

NOTE: A portfolio is required for review and acceptance to this program.

More information about this program available at http://impact.sva.edu/

For further information or questions regarding SVA's Summer Residencies e-mail residency@sva.edu or call 212.592.2188.

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