In addition to our socially responsible client-based work, Worldstudio has several self-driven programs that express our mission as an organization and lend themselves to corporate sponsorship. To learn more about sponsoring Worldstudio initiatives, please contact Mark Randall, mrandall (at) worldstudioinc.com.
Design Ignites Change
Design Ignites Change, a collaboration between the Adobe Foundation and Worldstudio, engages high school and college students, educators and creative professionals in multidisciplinary design and architecture projects that address pressing social issues. Participants are encouraged to apply design thinking – the combination of unleashed creativity and executable actions – to problems that exist in their own communities.
Design Ignites Change not only empowers design students and faculty with the tools to tackle socially minded projects, but also provides a platform to showcase their inspiring work.
High school students participate in Design Ignites Change through mentoring relationships with professional creatives and college students. Two self-guided mentoring programs, School: by Design and Create! Don’t Hate., give mentors access to a robust set of open-source tools that empower them to lead the next generation of designers through projects that make a positive impact in their communities.
To learn more about Design Ignites Change please visit www.designigniteschange.org.
Funding Social Change
We believe that everyone has an unlimited capacity to create meaningful solutions to problems existing in today’s world; what is often in short supply is the funding for individuals or groups to put these ideas into action. Funding Social Change is a program that helps build a bridge between ideas and action by teaching funding strategies for socially responsible projects. Worldstudio’s efforts in this area are three-fold: workshops, a soon to launch blog and consultation.
The beginner’s level Funding Social Change workshop, which has already taken place in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, New York and San Francisco, provides an overview of various funding models with a focus on the process of engaging corporate sponsors in social change initiatives. By creating a project budget and marketing plan, attendees get the opportunity to apply new skills to an actual project during the one-day workshop. In addition to the beginner’s level workshop, advanced workshops are in development.
The Funding Social Change blog (under development) will be a valuable resource providing ongoing news, tools and innovative models for funding social change initiatives.
Worldstudio is also available to consult on funding social change projects and programs.
The Urban Forest Project
The Urban Forest Project (UFP) is a series of unprecedented outdoor exhibitions taking root in cities around the world. This unique environmental, public arts and educational initiative calls on artists, designers and students in each location to employ the idea or form of the tree to make a powerful visual statement on banners that are displayed throughout the community.
The tree is a metaphor for sustainability and, in that spirit, the banners at the close of each exhibition are recycled into totebags and auctioned off to raise money for a local environmental and urban forestry initiatives. The program can easily be adapted to address environmental, educational and creative objectives in a variety of ways to shape a project that is unique and expressive of the local community.
Since the original Urban Forest Project in New York City’s Times Square, the project has been implemented in Albuquerque, Baltimore, Denver, Portland and Toledo, with San Francisco, Tacoma and Washington, DC in the planning stages.
UFP is a unique sponsorship opportunity; consistently generating valuable PR while promoting a sponsor’s brand and CSR platform simultaneously.
For a more in-depth overview of the program visit www.ufp-global.com.
Worldstudio AIGA Scholarships
The Worldstudio AIGA Scholarship program, granting funding since 1995, helps young people from minority and economically disadvantaged backgrounds, to not only realize their artistic dreams, but also give back to their communities.
Each year, the Worldstudio AIGA Scholarship program receives hundreds of applications from young people with a desire to attend a higher education institution but lack the financial means to do so. With the support of generous individuals, organizations and corporations, Worldstudio AIGA Scholarships assist young people to achieve their goals and further their education. Over the past fifteen years, nearly $700,000 has been awarded to college students of design, art and architecture.
This scholarship program aims to increase diversity in the creative professions, and to foster social and environmental responsibility in the artists, designers, and studios of tomorrow. With continued support, we can provide many more happy endings – or, rather, exciting beginnings – for talented and deserving students of art and design.
To learn more about the scholarship program, how you can provide support for as little as $2,500 and for instructions on how to apply, visit scholarships.worldstudioinc.com.