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.

Whiting Foundation funded travel to Finland

Caryn traveled to Finland in May to carry out 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.”

Nemo School in construction, Jätkäsaari District, Helsinki, AOR Architects

March: Conference Presentations

Caryn presented a paper titled “Collaborative Beginnings: Developing Collaboration Skills in an Interdisciplinary Design Seminar,”at the Beginning Design Conference at the University of Cincinnati, and moderated a panel at the ACSA Annual Meeting in Denver for the journal of Technology | Architecture + Design. 

Prose Award

Pleased to learn that The Designer’s Field Guide to Collaboration received an Honorable Mention from the Prose Awards in the category of Social Science Textbook.

El Corazón: The Heart of Holyoke

The scope for the I-391 Underpass project has been expanded  from the Underpass along the length of Main Street to Lyman Street, with a particular emphasis on the City’s newly established Puerto Rican Cultural Area. In recognition of this expansion, the project has been renamed El Corazón: The Heart of Holyoke.  Nueva Esperanza has joined the project team and will have a key role in developing inclusive and equitable engagement strategies for the project.

Join Us: Participate in our survey of local residents to identify how arts and culture plays a role in their everyday lives, or attend a variety of cultural activities that includes performances, festivals, and workshops. This project provides an opportunity to celebrate Main Street’s cultural vibrancy, and build capacity for local residents’ ongoing efforts to build cultural pride, optimism and economic opportunity along Main Street.