Engage: Building Tradition

The Community Arts Engage Courses address issues of immediate concern in a specific community in the greater Bay area. Students gain intimate knowledge of various strategies for working with a specific organization and the ability to navigate through the problems and dilemmas that those organizations face.

This course explores the role of design as a tool to constructively impact and empower communities. In this class, students will develop and build a series of design proposals to improve the exhibition gallery and outdoor spaces of the Arab Cultural and Community Center of San Francisco. The ACCC is a nonprofit organization devoted to promoting contemporary Arab art and culture, and enriching the lives of the Arab American community in the bay area. The center activities include exhibiting contemporary artists, film screenings, language courses, health education, as well as addressing different social issues specific to its local community. How can design invigorate these activities? How much do cultural issues influence design? How should contemporary design best engagecultural traditions? After identifying an appropriate designstrategy, students will join local community members and implement the proposals. This class is being supported by the ENGAGE program at the Center for Art and Public Life.