TEDxBoston 2011

Ekua Holmes, Judith Anderson, Sabrina Dorsainvil

Community Driven

Using 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.”


Speakers' Biographies

Ekua Holmes

Judith Anderson

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.

Sabrina Dorsainvil

Sabrina Dorsainvil is an Industrial Design student at Massachusetts College of Art and Design, living in Boston, MA. She is a student member of the retrofit team along with Liz Leblanc and Annie Meyer. Currently she is working with the university’s various student leadership programs, including the Center for Art and Community Partnerships and the Office for Transition and Leadership. In the past she has served as Treasurer of the Student Government Association, Compass Program mentor and co-president of the Black Artist Union. With experience from MassArt, Groundwork Lawrence and Lawrence Community Works, Movement City, Sabrina has directed her career goals to integrating community and social development using Art and Design as a driver.

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