2012 IMPACT Finalist Teams
March 12, 2012 12:39 pm by Aaron Matthew McKenzie
After thorough review by the internal panel, the Center for Art and Public Life announces the six finalist teams for the 2012 IMPACT Social Entrepreneurship Awards.
Come join California College of the Arts and the Center for Art and Public Life for the second annual IMPACT finalist team presentations. Teams will be presenting their collaborative proposals for final selection to both the greater CCA community and esteemed jurors. At the end of the evening, three teams will be selected for an IMPACT award.
Thursday, March 29 • 7:00pm • Timken Lecture Hall • California College of the Arts • San Francisco Campus
Keynote address by Rick Lowe
Founder, Project Row Houses
Project Row Houses is a neighborhood-based nonprofit art and cultural organization in Houston’s Northern Third Ward, founded on the principle that art-and the community it creates-can be the foundation for revitalizing depressed inner-city neighborhoods.
The 2012 Team Finalists:
20/20 FOTO: Cross-Border Community Action
With: Creative Kids (U.S.) and Nuestras Hijas de Regreso a Casa (Mexico)
El Paso, Texas, and Ciudad Juarez, Mexico
• Robert Gomez (MFA Social Practice & MA Visual Critical Studies)
• Heidi Lubin (MFA Sculpture)
• Neil Rivas (MFA Photography)
• Claudia Marquez (BFA Photography)
• Maria Alzatin Nunez (BFA Sculpture)
Taking place in El Paso, Texas, and Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, 20/20 FOTO: Cross-Border Community Action is a youth photography workshop focused on technical, critical, and therapeutic storytelling. In partnership with Creative Kids (U.S.) and Nuestras Hijas de Regreso a Casa (Mexico), 20/20 FOTO will work with two groups of 20 Mexican and American students from communities affected by regional violence to plant the seeds for sustainable growth by connecting these community partners, creating a camera library, and developing an academic year curriculum.
With: Brightworks School
San Francisco, California
• Blake Hudelson (MArch)
• Kate Ganim (MArch)
• Sarah Goodin (BFA Individualized Major)
• Miwa Ikemiya (MFA Design)
• Charles Weber (BFA Industrial Design)
• Valerie Willis (MFA Design)
Brightlab is a partnership between an interdisciplinary group of CCA students and Brightworks School, a progressive school rooted in hands-on, project-based experiential learning. Brightlab will design a mobile education pod intended to serve the greater community by bringing Brightworks’s notion of exploratory learning to local public schools. Brightlab’s goal is to deliver design thinking and peer collaboration to children who are accustomed to more traditional, linear, and memorization-based classroom models.
The Grove Reaction
With: New World School of the Arts and the Mangrove Project
• Alex Moir (BFA Community Arts)
• Hannah Kim (BFA Graphic Design)
• Brandy Davis (MBA in Design Strategy)
The Grove Reaction aims to raise environmental awareness of mangrove forests in the south Florida ecosystem by partnering the Mangrove Project with New World School of the Arts to engage high school students in creative learning and replanting projects. The Grove Reaction plans to develop a corresponding book that will incorporate interviews and images from the students and researchers, and become a catalyst for future creative agents of change and habitat restoration.
With: Appropriate Rural Technology Institute
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
• Olivia Nava (MBA in Design Strategy)
• Sachi DeCou (MBA in Design Strategy)
• Rachel Gant (BFA Industrial Design)
Working with the Appropriate Rural Technology Institute, the JuaBar team will create a solar-powered, mobile charging station designed for off-grid community members in Tanzania to learn about and purchase quality solar products. This scalable system aims to create trust in, and demand for, solar products to facilitate the adoption of cleaner energy sources into the homes of all Tanzanians. It has implications for the broader global community.
KIDmob: Summer Design-Build Workshop
With: Indian Valley Academy Charter School (IVA) and Greenville Street Committee
• Tyler Pew (MArch)
• Mark Campos (BArch)
• Sam Slater (MArch)
• Shawn Whitehorn (MArch)
• Kristina Farber (MArch)
• Kadi Franson (MArch)
Using design thinking, collaboration, and hands-on-making, KIDmob will create a two-week design-build workshop for the middle school students of Indian Valley Academy (IVA), located in Greenville, California. KIDmob will operate in partnership with the students and teachers of IVA, the Feather River Land Trust and its Learning Landscapes Project, and the Greenville Street Committee to collaboratively research, design, and construct a local heritage walk.
With: Alaska Design Forum and KAKM, Alaska Public Television
• Jesus Landin-Torrez III (MFA Social Practice)
• Teresa Baker (MFA Painting)
• Steve Sanchez (BFA Furniture Design)
• Floris Schonfeld (MFA Film)
Taking place in the Alaskan village of Kivalina, KVAK TV is a youth-oriented social media project focusing on storytelling. Through a creative platform, KVAK TV’s objective is to encourage the youth of Kivalina to talk about isolation, location, and shifts in culture. Together with the youth of the village, KVAK TV will create three episodes of a live-performance show to air on KAKM, Alaskan public television. Upon completion of KVAK TV’s time in Kivalina, the episodes will become part of the True North exhibition and symposium at the Anchorage Museum.