As mentioned earlier this month, we’re honored to be a part of this year’s Association for Community Design Conference. Maria Sykes will be speaking on behalf of Epicenter on Saturday, June 9th at 1pm in the Salt Lake Public Library.
Featuring a range of community-based practices from Salt Lake City and beyond, this session will give you the opportunity to engage in some of the local flavor of community design in Utah and see some innovative approaches to engagement.
Each panel member will do a brief presentation of their organization’s work, mission, etc. and then the floor wil be open for discussion or Q&A time.
You can get more information on the ACD Conference here.
Melon Margaritas Do you have a great appetizer, drink, or dessert recipe that uses Green River melons as a main ingredient? We’ve love to try your recipe, and we’re even considering making a cookbook! There are over 30 varieties of melons, so we’ll take cantaloupe, honeydew, watermelon, winter melon, canary melon, honeyloupe, galia, casaba, Persian, Crenshaw…. ok, we’re not going to list them all. You get the idea. Email us your recipe, it’s history, and your permision to share/reproduce your recipe at email@example.com. IS IT MELON SEASON YET?!?! These hot afternoons are sure making us think its got to be melon season soon…
Today, Maria Sykes (Epicenter Designer & Strategist) and Lindsay Toman (PACT Co-Manager) went to Green River High School’s two art classes to teach screen printing basics. The students drew their designs, explored figure vs. ground, and learned about the materials used in and the process of traditional screen printing. Due to time and money constraints we were unable for each student to burn a design onto a screen. Instead, the students drew and cut their designs out of parchment paper (it’s kind of like a heavy or fancy wax paper). On Monday and Tuesday, the students will place their designs on the screens and screen print their designs onto t-shirts! Stay tuned for photos of the final shirts next week… This first screen printing class is part of a new initiative at PACT (the Epicenter & Community Center branches, most specifically) to better focus on teens in Green River. Current and recent high school students who may struggle in math and science, for example, do not have an adequate or concentrated opportunity to develop their artistic skills; this marginalization may in fact cause students to not see their own potential in developing their future options. We want to to nurture these natural gifts into expressive and self-affirming talents. The nearest artist development programs are sixty miles away, in Moab or Price, or over 100 miles to Grand Junction and the Wasatch Front. However, the distance to these programs prevents most students from participating. So, by teaching classes at the high school we’re able to encourage teens to turn natural talent or a hobby into lifetime career in design or art, and maybe even learn how to apply “design thinking” to other fields such as science or math. In the future, we’re even planning to have an internship program at Epicenter for local Green River young adults and hold more workshops for all ages!!!
Today, the entire Epicrew (plus Meg Deal!) are in Castle Dale and Huntington presenting our recently completed Green River Town Assessment. Our first presentation was for the Emery County Economic Development board. It was such a success that representatives from Huntington asked us to present the study at their City Council budget meeting tonight. Wish us luck!
Also, we’re attending the Emery County Business Chamber’s Lunch & Learn in Castle Dale. The County Commissioners will be presenting today.
From the commencement address by Emily Pilloton to graduates at UC Berkeley (article here)
Project H here.
At Epicenter, we’re not all architects, but we are adept at utilizing disguises.
Right now, we use what is basically a hair dryer, blowing the hot air over the Rural And Proud bags for 2 minutes each, never stopping moving, making sure not to burn the bags. We’re fearing onset carpal tunnel syndrome.
This great machine is new at $1700. It’s basically a pizza oven: the shirts roll through at 60-70 shirts per hour. Anyone out there have one to donate or give us a good deal on?
Here’s some specifics on this model:
Manufactured by RANAR for the SILK SCREEN industry. The DX200 T-shirt dryer is perfect for the entry-level screen printer. Measuring 24” x 60” with a 18” wide belt and powered by 110 volts drawing 17 amps it can be used in home business or a small commercial store front. Don’t let the small size fool you the unit can cure 60 to 70 SILK SCREENED printed plastisol t-shirts per hour as well as caps.
Our colleagues over at the Association for Community Design are holding their annual National Community Design Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah this year! We’ve been invited to be a part of the Emerging Practices Panel. We’re honored to be a part of the conference, and we recommend it to any of our fellow citizen designers.
It’s been twenty years since the last time we visited the “The Crossroads of the West” in 1992 and this year we will gather to discuss where Community Design has been and what we have learned in the process in order to project how community-based design practices may continue to be helpful in improving our built environment and the larger dialogs that shape it.
Our annual conference offers a chance for Community Design professionals and organization’s staff gather in person to share skills, strategies, and stories. Embedded in ACD’s membership is a wealth of experience in addressing social, environmental and economic justice through a design framework. In addition to providing a forum to introduce and support new as well as long-term practitioners, we also want to celebrate the work of the organizations that serve as local hosts. That’s why we’re partnering with ASSIST Utah and Center for the Living City to bring you “WE ARE: Reflections and Projections on the Legacy of Community Design”.
This is both an opportunity and a request to gather and discuss capacity building for participatory designers working with communities. There is a strong need for shared core skills, especially for young designers and others new to the field including the many volunteers being mobilized by pro bono initiatives and professional societies’ disaster relief efforts.
This year’s conference aims to provide an exchange of this shared body of knowledge for designers working with and empowering low-income communities to successfully shape their built and natural environment. Please join us this June 8th, 9th, and 10th and share your experience by responding to our Call for Proposals by April 27th. We will be opening registration in a few weeks and will be updating to announce panels and sessions regularly so stay tuned to communitydesign.org/ACD2012 for further details.
See you in SLC!
President, Board of Directors
Association for Community Design