Leveraging Student Vision: Beginning Designers' Potential role in Homelessness Awareness and Community Change

Dr. Jill B. Pable
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A college-level collaborative art project is described that provided interior design, graphic design and photography students first-hand exposure to homelessness. The three student groups respectively applied their design skills to the ‘re-visioning’ of a local homeless shelter facility and collaborated in the creation of the “Wall of Hope". This series of wall panels described through word and photograph the success stories of homeless persons the shelter has assisted to a more stable life in the past. When actually constructed, it is hoped the panels will offer convincing case study examples that will motivate new prospective shelter clients to commit to the shelter’s programs.

Unexpectedly, the students' efforts may have also contributed to raising public awareness that led to increasing target fundraising for the new shelter's construction from one to five million dollars. This broaches the issue of students' potential role in community issue advocacy and change. Various elements of the project will be discussed including its scope and structure, student reflection strategies, and the resulting visual project outcomes.

Keywords: Homelessness, Design, Collaborative Learning, Service Learning, Interior Design, Photography, Graphic Design
Stream: Art and Human Rights
Presentation Type: Virtual Presentation in English
Paper: Leveraging Student Vision

Dr. Jill B. Pable

Assistant Professor, Department of Interior Design
College of Visual Arts, Theatre and Dance, Florida State University

Tallahassee, Florida, USA

Jill Pable, Ph.D. is an assistant professor in the Department of Interior Design at Florida State University and an NCIDQ-certified interior designer. Her educational background includes B.S. and M.F.A. degrees in Interior Design and a Ph.D. degree in Instructional Technology with specialization in architecture. Her professional work includes hospitality, healthcare and office projects completed within her own firm as well as with Universal Studios Florida theme parks. She is the past chairperson of the Interior Design Continuing Education Council (IDEC) and past IDEC national secretary/treasurer. She currently serves as coordinator of the IDEC Academy, an initiative to promote and facilitate continuing education for interior design professionals and teachers. Her educational papers have three times been awarded “Best Presentation” at international and regional IDEC Conferences. Sketching Interiors at the Speed of Thought, her CD-ROM-based exercise workbook, is now available through Fairchild Books.

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