June 18 – 23, 2017
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.
This one-week intensive workshop will focus on how to collaborate at the grassroots level with a local community group. Using a New York City, neighborhood non-profit as a case study, participants will learn how to partner with local community leaders, organizations and residents to develop collaborative relationships. Interview and research techniques will cover 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 Police Department and Town & Gown, an applied research platform hosted by the NYC Department of Design & Construction, will take the program out of the realm of theoretical thinking and extend it into the real world, giving participants experience that is transferable to their own communities.
As a case study, teams will address the challenge of using design to relieve tension and foster better relations between police officers and the community. Teams will look at finding solutions to this problem using a site-specific context at the NYPD’s 40th precinct in the Bronx. The goal will be to come up with concepts that offer potential replicable models for other precincts.
Conversations with a dynamic range of experts and community leaders will engage participants in a dialog around a number of relevant topics.
The session will kick-off, 5:00 – 8:00 pm on Sunday, June 18 with a meet-and-greet over pizza.
As the program develops over the coming months we will post additional information.
The School of Visual Arts is a dynamic multidisciplinary institution in New York City with a faculty of more than 1,000 and a student body of over 3,800 representing 46 states and 49 countries.
SVA is widely recognized as one of the finest art and design schools in the country for its innovative and experimental program philosophies, its participation in the cultural life of New York City and the accessibility it offers to its unparalleled faculty of professional artists and designers.