Whiting Foundation funded travel to Sweden

Caryn was in Sweden to continue travel activities funded by the Marion and Jasper Whiting Foundation for a proposal entitled “Voices from the Field: Impact of Collaborative Practices on Design in Nordic Countries.”

 St. Mark’s Church (1960), Bjorkhagen by Sigurd Lewerentz

El Corazón at EDRA 50

Caryn, Joseph, and Clay shared the El Corazón project during a poster session at the Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA) Conference in Brooklyn.

Final Push for El Córazon Crowdfunding!

We’ve in the home stretch of our Heart of Holyoke crowdfunding campaign to raise $20,000. The campaign is closing in 12 days!

If you haven’t donated yet, you still have time!

If you already have contributed, then please consider pitching in again and/or spreading the word among your own networks. Thank you!

Join us as we celebrate a successful crowdfunding campaign at our Closing Event!


Caryn spoke about communicating with collaborators, varied audiences, and project stakeholders in a talk on Design Fundamentals at the UMass VIZ inaugural event.

Bloomberg Philanthropies Public Art Challenge Finalist!

The Center for Design Engagement is pleased to be one of the co-collaborators and leads on the El Corazon The Heart of Holyoke Project along with our partners, Nueva Esperanza and the City of Holyoke.

Bloomberg Philanthropies announced that Holyoke has been selected as a finalist in the running to receive up to $732K as part of the Bloomberg Philanthropies Public Art Challenge, a program that aims to foster creative collaboration, address civic issues, and support local economies through public art. More than 200 cities applied, and Holyoke, along with 13 other cities, has been invited to submit a full proposal.

“We are excited to be collaborating on this project with the City of Holyoke and Nueva Esperanza” said CDE’s creative co-directors for the project Joseph Krupczynski and Caryn Brause. “We know that creating public art through community engagement will build broader public participation and enhance the project’s community impact.”

Read more about the Bloomberg Philanthropies Public Art Challenge.