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Partnering with community to make the world a better place.
An initiative of the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, the Design and Arts Corps (DAC) builds on the ASU Charter centering access, equity and purpose-driven research while taking “fundamental responsibility for the economic, social, cultural and overall health of the communities” we serve. In partnership with community, we use design, art and culture to consciously advance well-being and strengthen participatory democracy. When fully realized, the Design and Arts Corps will be the largest socially engaged design and arts program in the nation, and all Herberger Institute students will participate in DAC projects at least once during their studies at ASU. Three levels of participatory engagement place Herberger Institute students, faculty and staff in direct and ethical collaboration with the community in executing design-and arts-based programming/actions that activate community goals while facilitating experiential learning and purpose-driven research.
The Design and Arts Corps partners with communities to place designers, artists, scholars and educators in public life and prepares students to use their creative capacities to advance culture, strengthen democracy and imaginatively address today’s most pressing challenges.
Communities, designers and artists working together to make the world a better place
Design and Arts Corps has three tiers of programming that work on increasing levels of time, trust, and depth of collaboration.
A consistent and integrated leadership team comprised of community members and ASU faculty and staff collaborate in long-term, ongoing work with one central driving focus. The team shares a space (studio) and develops, activates and evaluates programs over an extended period of time. The work of the studio can encompass the project and engagement components of the corps as well. All stakeholders in the studio collaborate in grant writing and fundraising initiatives to support the work of the studio.
A time-bound collaboration between community partners and ASU staff, faculty or students who come together to accomplish a specific shared goal or outcome. Projects can be initiated by community members, students, staff, faculty or guest artists.
Short-term service learning opportunities within the context of existing ASU classes or co-curricular experiences. Herberger Institute students work and learn through the mentorship of faculty and community partners around a community goal.
Most design and arts move from process to product in a linear way.
The Design and Arts Corps wraps process and product into a continuous cycle while adding participatory publics. Community engages in each part of the creative cycle and together we collectively leverage design and/or the arts to build value in specific ways.