ARTPLACE AMERICA - CREATIVE PLACEMAKING INITIATIVE





Creative placemaking is described as ---
Design challenge?

How might we co-create an educational credential that builds the field of community-led, place-based culture work in order to affect positive systemic change?



August 2020-July 2021

Partners: Center for Creative Citizenship
+ Office of Strategic Initiative

Role:
Design Strategist
+ Teaching Fellow

 
These images were taken during the stakeholder meeting in Baltimore, MD, USA pre-pandemic.

Core Team:
Kevin Griffin Moreno
Co-director 
Office of Strategic Initiatives

Abby Neyenhouse

Co-director
Center ofr creative citizenship
Advisor:
Lee Davis
Center for Social Design


PBS Team:
Becky Slogeris

Students:

RESEARCH:

The research phase included meeting with stakeholders and gathering data points about food waste and food access.



HMW build an educational credential that challenges the academic notion of knowledge bearers?

HMW build an educational credential that is community-led and encourages radical, holistic systemic shift?

 
Design Principles:
values



INSPIRATION + IDEATION:

newsletter
stakeholder outreach
interviews



This exchange makes it possible for hub trees to nourish young saplings and demonstrates a unique way of staying connected despite ‘social isolation’. We translated this natural inspiration to design an interconnected food distribution infrastructure.

OUTCOME:

 

MyOak Public Market is an online platform designed to increase food access to vulnerable populations by diversifying the distribution of resources to community hubs and individuals. Vendors are provided a low-risk platform to an expanded customer base. Reciprocally, customers can access this variety of products regardless of physical proximity, income, or telecommunication capability. By cultivating new connections and aggregating valuable user data, MyOak Public Market simultaneously strengthens the resiliency of the Baltimore food system to face any crisis.



Systems mapping was crucial to understand intervention points

  Majority of this project was worked on during lockdown, virtually with all of the partners.

* The project went on to go through the Biomimicry Launchpad Accelerator program to further the work.
︎ 2020 @ Eesha Patne