SEEDS Of Promise is a place-based urban community improvement initiative located in the Southeast community of Grand Rapids. Their mission is to provide a tiered program of employment, education, and housing to homeless individuals in Grand Rapids. In the winter of 2016, SEEDS Of Promise and the Collaborative Projects course began a strong relationship, mainly involved with researching and developing concepts for the housing aspect of their program.
Through partnering with the DisArt festival in the spring of 2015, and facilitated by professor, artist and curator Paul Amenta, the Collaborative Projects class was able to dive into the complex world of disability rights, understand the problems that many disabled peoples face, and in turn develop a system of implementation to create a gallery space for a number of local, disabled artists.
The Spring 2014 Collaborative Projects team’s mission was to explore a connection with the city of Owosso. Their project: KCAD@Owosso aimed to discover what that connection might look like, through academic planning, utilization of pre-existing buildings, as well as a community and student engaging idea called the Hive Resource.
Students of the 2012 Collaborative Projects class created the concept of ArtifactGR, a place where community members write stories about objects in the Grand Rapids Public Museum’s collections. After the class ended a book was compiled and published. Read more…
In July of 2013, a group of KCAD and FSU students embarked on a trip to the Dominican Republic to solve the problem of water quality, sourcing, treatment, distribution and other varying factors. With help from Triple Quest of Cascade Engineering, the safe water team, and Aqua Clara, the students worked to better understand water systems, community, the triple-bottom line, and human-centered design.