2017 SERIES OF EVENTS – CALL TO POWER OF YOUR VOICE, PASSION AND & PURSUITS
A CALL FOR CREATIVES: choose a masterclass, a workshop a retreat with old design friends & leave empowered as Citizen Designer
"Nevertheless she persisted"
Now is the time, now is the urgency -
LEARN HOW TO TRANSFORM YOUR ENERGY AND PASSION INTO A PRACTICAL AND PRAGMATIC CIVIC OR BUSINESS PRACTICE.
Designers have a powerful tool as a cultural force and can participate at the civic level for rewarding personal achievements while making a significant impact on the local, regional or national community. Join Rich Hollant, CO:LAB and THE CULTURAL ARTS COMMISSIONER in Hartford, CT to discuss methods to transform your design practice to a ‘citizen designer’ studio working with organizations and companies that ‘do good’. Learn from Rich’s first hand experiences with his client base and his involvement in his local community as the new Cultural Arts Commissioner in Hartford, CT. Take away practical, pragmatic and philosophical methods to make a difference in your practice and community.
arrive Friday afternoon for meet and greet and evening agenda, including mealtime socializing. Saturday am discussions on individual goals and research into individual regions potential, group outdoor activity, lunch, afternoon practical strategic planning, group dinner and socializing, depart any time Sunday.
Maximum 9 participants. $150 fee includes programming, lodging 2 nights, food and tax. Transportation not included. We will be cooking some meals together, some meals continental style. Accommodations are shared dormitory style.
Add a night for $35 before or after (meal not included).
JULY 14 – 16
AIGA former leaders have a unique experience in operations of the non-profit organization and can utilize those skills post-post-leadership to become more civically active on a local, regional or national level. In 1964, Ken Garland’s First Things First Manifesto rallied designers to transform their practices from simply selling products for advertising purposes to design that has more meaning. This manifesto was revised slightly for a new generation of designers in 2000. Now is the time to create a different manifesto, one that insists on active engagement in community and civic responsibility by designers as a cultural force in society. Join fellow former AIGA board members and Val Sloan as moderator in a summer weekend small scale retreat gathering to strategize ways we can all use our leadership skills and passion for design to transform our communities. Let’s write a new manifesto for the Citizen Designer in all of us.
arrive Thursday evening for introductions and reunions - evening campfire, Friday morning team building and creative exercises brainstorming (24 hr design project individual or pairs) and outdoor activities, lunch, Friday afternoon roundtable discussion with participants, evening meal and socializing - campfire, Saturday am brainstorm individual manifestos and edit a group manifesto, group outdoor activity with lunch, afternoon present final 24 hr project and goals, group dinner and socializing, depart any time Sunday
Maximum 14 participants. $195 fee includes programming, lodging 3 nights, food and tax. Transportation not included. We will be cooking some meals together, some meals continental style. Accommodations are shared dormitory style. $30 for accommodations / day before or after. Contact for a single room upgrade (two available). With additional demand, can accommodate more participants willing to camp with access to the house facilities.
(arrive a day early to partake in summer outdoor activities such as kayaking on the Buffalo River, hiking or walking to explore nearby trails and state parks, play in the fields, fly a kite, build a fort, volunteer for the camp)
a retreat wknd
JULY 19 – 23
This is a four-day workshop and retreat session geared towards emerging designers interested in becoming more active as Citizen Designers within your own personal volunteer time, shifting the practice in your studio, or developing skills or portfolio style projects to attract clients in the non-profit do good sector or for applying to firms that focus on doing work in the social realm. In other words, hey you Millenials, time to band together to make a huge impact! Designers have a powerful tool in their arsenal to be actively engaged as a cultural force if we band together to create a Citizen Designer movement that can become even more prominent in our society. As we move into uncharted territory post election 2016, this workshop retreat is intended on providing a safe communal space to address our personal concerns, create a support system and practical strategies to move forward in our personal and professional lives. Whether you are embarking on your early career, representing your studio, or desire to become more civically engaged, please join this event where you will meet designers with similar interests and passions and work with the Designers in Residence. Topics of discussion will likely include propaganda and historical models, social design case studies, and potentially conversation with a leader in non-profit sector on language and skills needed for lobbying and other types of citizen activism, community engagement.
Schedule: Arrive Wednesday evening for introductions socializing and campfire, Thursday-Saturday activities will include a variety of outdoor activities, round table discussions, creative brainstorming and small design exercises, final critique and discussion as to individual or group next steps, evenings will have group meals and social time.
Maximum 14 participants. $345 fee includes programming, lodging 4 nights, food and tax. Transportation not included. We will be cooking some meals together, some meals continental style. Accommodations are shared dormitory style. $30 for accommodations / day before or after. Contact for a single room upgrade (two available). With additional demand, can accommodate more participants willing to camp with access to the house facilities.
What to Bring?– comfortable casual clothes that could get dirty, rain gear just in case, durable shoes (no shoes inside so bring socks or slippers), shoes to wear in the river with a rocky bottom, flashlight, any art materials. If you are spending extra time at the camp and would like to volunteer to help in collecting wood/chopping firewood, feeding or loving on animals, or creating art installations you may want to bring work gloves or your outside work clothes.
** Spend additional time at the camp with your own projects, in nature including the Buffalo River, or pick up a volunteer project painting birdhouses, drawing on banners or contributing to the creative space, help start a treehouse and other fun ideas as a contribution to camp and nurture one's inner creative spirit.