Announcing the 2015 IMPACT Social Entrepreneurship Award Winners

IMPACT Social Entrepreneurship Awards

CCA's Center for Art and Public Life has awarded IMPACT Social Entrepreneurship Awards to three student-led projects aimed at solving real-world social needs within specific communities.

During the spring semester, six interdisciplinary student teams competed for three $10,000 grants to develop and actualize a socially innovative project. The IMPACT program encourages students across all disciplines to facilitate social change by applying their creative skills and implement solutions collaboratively with community partners.

The awards program supports the mission of The Center for Art and Public Life with the belief that community engagement is the cornerstone of a practice focused on changing the world.

2015 IMPACT Awarded Projects

La Tortilleria Experimental

Mexico City

The team: Andreas Kruger (Sculpture), Maio Alvear (Sculpture), Elizabeth Hernández (Industrial Design), Haegen Crosby (Individualized Major 2014), Santiago Marín (BA History, National Autonomous University of Mexico)

Beginning with celebrating the cultural importance and significance of corn, La Tortilleria Experimental creates awareness of the imminent danger and looming presence of transgenic corn in Mexico. Spearheading an artistic response to the rise of GMO crops, the team will build a month-long, curated series of workshops, lectures, concerts, and “comilonas.”

Visible Youth

San Francisco

Community Partner: Larkin Street Youth Services

The team: Adika Djojosugito (BArch), Martinus Setiawan (BArch), Andrea Tse (BArch), Ivy Lin (Interior Design), Kevin Lo (Graphic Design)

Visible Youth meets the homeless youth of San Francisco on the street by providing temporary safe zones. Working with Larkin Street Youth Services, the team hopes to disprove stereotypes of homeless youth for the community of San Francisco, at large.

Visible Youth will engage and activate the street by responding to the community needs of a built structure. These portable, pod-like structures are simultaneously a small museum for homeless youth to display their work and an intimate space for homeless youth and the public to build meaningful relationships through conversation.

Veggiecation Station

West Oakland

Community Partner: City Slicker Farms

The team: Mikaela Leo (MArch), Dmitrii Kanivetc (MArch), Melissa Perkinson (MArch), Yasmine Orozco (MArch), Liz Kukka (MBA in Design Strategy), Jinmei Chi (Sculpture), India Sabater (Graphic Design)

Veggiecation Station’s mission is to deliver fresh, healthy food to residents of West Oakland, a neighborhood where no grocery stores currently exist. Instead, residents are limited to 38 liquor stores and a single, weekly farmers’ market.

Teaming up with City Slickers, Veggiecation Station is amplifying their bicycle delivery fleet by adding a sleek, mobile bike trailer and storage system that will support City Slicker’s marketplace outreach and expand their storage capacity at their new urban farm in West Oakland.