post by Shawna Coppola, The Educator Collaborative member The Promise of Universal Design in Designing Anti-Bias, Anti-Racist Learning Experiences Last April I hit a milestone age. Actually, every age over 25 is a “milestone age” for me, considering the fact that I still feel like twelve year-old/seventeen year-old/twenty two year-old Shawna on the inside (depending […]The Promise of Universal Design in Designing Anti-Bias, Anti-Racist Learning Experiences — Blog | The Educator Collaborative Community
This past May, the AIGA New York board met via Zoom to discuss potential board members recommended through our Call for Nominations.
“How do you get through the rest of the nomination application if their portfolio is bad?” one board member quipped as we discussed the merits of candidates.
“Yeah and also, how do we know if someone is cool?” another added. I was speechless. In a previous meeting, we’d agreed that bringing on non-designers and non-visual creatives was of a high priority. Why would a person’s “coolness” and portfolio (or lack of one) be a factor for inviting them to a team of community volunteers?
“I didn’t join the board to be best friends with people or to discuss the finer points of their craft. I joined to serve the broader design community and I hope that’s why we’re all here,” I countered, finally finding my words.
As a Black designer, I’m no stranger to my work quality being questioned. But it’s especially jarring to exist as a Black person who can see what’s going on behind closed doors. Unfortunately, my experience is not unique and this is especially true when surveying the shared experience of Black designers who have left “America’s professional organization for design” known as AIGA. During my tenure within AIGA, I’ve come to realize that it’s impossible to create sufficient change inside an organization that actively perpetuates racism towards people who look like me. It’s time for me to walk away, but before I do, I want to share what I’ve learned about AIGA’s history and pattern of not supporting Black designers.
- • Historical convergences and/or divergences of design and neoliberalism
- • Design and globalization and/or nationalism
- • Neoliberal design ideologies in the context of international development
- • Race and racism at the intersection of design and neoliberalism
- • Discourses of innovation and “design thinking”
- • Design and labor and/or class
- • The coalescence of design and business in both the academy and industry
- • Conflicts and convergences between neoliberal design and modernist traditions
- • Indigenous design in the context of neoliberalism
- • Design, neoliberalism, and postcoloniality
- • Challenges to neoliberal design ideologies and practices
- • Neoliberalism and design pedagogy
Submission deadline: November 30, 2018
Join us for Reconstructing Practice: Toward an Antiracist Art & Design Field
The Antiracist Classroom is a student-led organization at the Art Center College of Design focused on counteracting racism and white supremacy in design education and practice. This July 13 – 14 in Pasadena, CA, we are hosting an inaugural two-day convening, Reconstructing Practice, to convene artists, designers, technologists and educators of color who want to contribute to cultivating an antiracist educational and professional field.
Participants can look forward to two days of:
– Sessions, facilitated discussions, and fellowship with creative
professionals, students and educators of color from all over the United States
– Artwork and installations from local and international artists displayed in
The Windtunnel gallery (https://antiracistclassroom.com/Featured-Artists)
– An evening reception featuring Alaia’s Lab, an installation by Ari Melenciano
featuring DJing, live-beat making, live drawing, and sound interactive visuals
To get your tickets to ignite and sustain a movement toward a more racially
equitable, informed, and carefully-considered creative practice and lifetime
learning environment, register by June 22nd: EVENTBRITE
- How can we construct an antiracist art and design practice?
- How do our curriculum, research practices, and models reinforce or dismantle problematic racial hierarchies?
- How might simply occupying space advance this endeavor?
Join us in July + Submit your Ideas by March 31
- Call for Ideas Details: https://antiracistclassroom.com/Call-for-Ideas
- Submission Link: https://goo.gl/forms/I0ybdeuGnbrU4bre2
- About Reconstructing Practice: https://antiracistclassroom.com/Reconstructing-Practice