Design and Arts Corps
Communities, designers and artists working together to make the world a better place
Goodmans Interior Structures, Spring 2019: Building community service
Two student resident dance artists—Maggie Waller and Justin Villalobos—focus on small weekly activities (delivered asynchronously and uploaded to a shared space and/or a physical space for the warehouse team), plus a workshop per team which builds to a cumulative performance experience centered around Goodmans’ community-service mission, people’s roles as community-engaged volunteers within (and across) the organization, and the importance and value of each and every employee.
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.
This is a model for how the Design and Arts Corps as a whole invests in building a better world from the individual to the policy levels.
Through public participation, Design and Arts Corps facilitates results at 5 levels:
|Pleasurable environments and experiences.
|Building skills in collective imagination.
|Experiences of happiness and delight.
|Project/partnership specific growth and goals.
Diverse arts and cultural experiences are deep parts of everyday life.
|Diverse and inclusive community leadership
Honoring and supporting skills in community leadership particularly for historically marginalized peoples.
|Full spectrum participation
All people are able to have enjoyable and relevant cultural experiences.
|Reflective and relevant institutions
Investing and supporting organizations that represent their diverse communities.
A community that works towards the wellbeing of all of its members, reflecting shared responsibility and promoting trust and belonging.
The ability to work together to get things done.
Fair distribution of power and resources.
Fair and equitable society, laws and policies.
Deep, engaged and sustained participation in the democratic process well beyond voting.
Dreams for the present and future.
Approach or outlook.
|Feelings of belonging
Emotional connections to people and places.
The ability to adapt.
Optimism for the future.
Identifying solutions for desired outcomes.
Respectful and mutually beneficial partnerships that expand possibilities.
Every voice is heard and valued.
Mutually beneficial relationships.
|Strong formal and informal networks
Building both interpersonal and organizational connections.