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These two projects use Design and art in their most powerful form—to effect the well-being and circumstances of the underserved.
These two projects use Design and art in their most powerful form—to effect the well-being and circumstances of the underserved.
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2 Rural Communities + 2 Projects + 1 Summer

The rural South has been shaken up more than it ever has this past spring as tornadoes wiped out towns and flooding washed away generations of homes and memories. Through a merger of design, photography, and service, we aim to preserve and share the lives and stories of affected communities while giving the South the creative love it deserves.

What We're Up To: 

PROJECT 1— "Alabama in Crisis"—2011 Project M Lab

6 designers. 1 storm aftermath. Dozens in need. We are prototyping a "Design for the Other 90%" project amongst the tornado-stricken Hale County community in Alabama to use Design to address issues of housing, social-economy, and disrepair that have arisen because of the storms. Previous projects with this group have been rather EPIC: 

PROJECT 2— D_SERVE, a Creative Story-for-Solutions Project with the Rural South

In the midst of scorching heat and inefficient summer programming, underpriviledged middle-school aged youth in the rural South lack opportunities to explore and grow creatively during their summer breaks. 

We hope to engage this issue with the development of an initiative in the Mississippi Delta called D*Serve (Design + Service in Underserved Communities), which will equip youth through the arts and design to become "civic listeners" within the community. 

The Project 

We are piloting the D*SERVE structure in Bolivar County, MS, during the 2011 summer with a project that collects the stories and insight of those in the community and then creatively gives it back to them through graphic design. In this Stories-for-Solutions exchange, we seek to know one thing, "What Do We Deserve as a Community?" With the stories, people, and ideas that we encounter, we will then partner with other bodies of the community to develop creative outputs to advocate for the address of the expressed needs. 

With our summer launch, our outputs will include:

1 Video Documenting the Story-for-Solutions Exchanges

Ongoing Process and Photojournal of People and Homes Encountered. Follow here.

Collateral Development, including 3 Graphic Posters

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    Gratitude + Access to video story updates from the field (including duration at Project M Lab) + A Printed Poster at the end of the summer.

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    Everything prior + An "I D_SERVED IT" T-Shirt + A handwritten "Storycard" and letter of thanks.

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    Everything prior + Recognition (name or logo) on all tangible D_Serve outputs (tees, video, posters, post cards, etc) as a Sponsor.

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