Community DrivenUsing a Vehicle as a Catalyst to Create Extraordinary Collaborative Experiences
Ekua Holmes, Judith Anderson, Sabrina Dorsainvil, and Lewis Morris of Massachusetts College of Art and Design describe their journey in designing the ArtMobile, a multi-purpose vehicle that is uniting a mult-ethnic neighborhood through interactive art, collaboration and the simple yet enormously powerful notion of what it means to be a good neighbor.
What happens when a team of active community members uses a vehicle as a catalyst to create extraordinary collaborative experiences? An initiative inspired by the local community, MassArt’s Center for Art and Community Partnerships, and funded in part by the Kresge Foundation, poses this question. The ultimate design challenge is to distill the many voices of the community into a tangible and visible manifestation of this idea. We are creating a multi-purpose vehicle retrofitted with the potential to function in a variety of art and design-related capacities. We are on a unique and collaborative journey.
Curator’s Pick: “We could have designed this van in a garage over the weekend, but we wanted to take the time to listen to our neighbors and get it right. We were dreaming and creating together.”
Ekua Holmes is the Community Coordinator in the Center for Art and Community Partnerships at MassArt. She has a BFA in Photography from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Ekua has created and led workshops, has been a visiting artist and lecturer, and has held artist residencies in public and private institutions throughout New England. She is also the recipient of many honors and awards, including a nomination for the Brother Thomas Award from the Boston Foundation, an Avery Foundation Fellowship from the Vermont Studio Center, and an Entrepreneur Award from the Urban League of Eastern, MA among others.
Ekua is an active board member and tour guide for Discover Roxbury. She recently completed part one of “Dreaming Big: Pioneers of Roxbury’s Public Art,” a publication and catalogue of public art projects in Roxbury, MA. Ekua is an exhibiting artist whose work is held in several local collections.
Judith Anderson is an Associate Professor of Industrial Design at Massachusetts College of Art and Design and founder of A-Concepts a Boston, MA based design and development studio. She holds a BSME from Carnegie Mellon University in Mechanical Engineering/ Engineering & Public Policy and a Masters Degree from the Royal College of Art, GB, in Industrial Design Engineering. She started her career at GE Aviation/ Lynn, MA as a mechanical design engineer where she specialized in turbine airfoil design for over ten years. Her current work includes; process development for functional objects using molded recycled paper pulp, and applied user-centered design research for product development and social outreach. Her past work includes: sole proprietor of In2it Design United/ London, GB; and product development with various GB based design and manufacturing companies. She consistently strives to develop a fluent relationship between people and their spaces through informed design.