COMMUNITY DESIGN

Community centered Design

Selected Community-centered Design Projects from

Digital Art & Design Students at  

Eastern Connecticut State University in Willimantic, CT.

In 2006, the curator and director of the Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum, Wethersfield, CT requested help in restoring the dining room walls of their historic house/museum, which had once been covered with a wallpaper/mural. Eastern Design students** recreated the original mural beginning with drawings on paper, then digitally colored, sized and prepared for output as wallpaper and professional installation (shown in this video) This project was awarded a National Association of Historic Houses Merit Award  

*Donna Baron, curator, Jennifer Eifrig, director **Student Designers: Chris Abbate, Kelly Alves, Brock Arsenault, Margaux Barlow, Jennifer Chobot Jennifer Collins, Greg Davis, Jared Ford, Christopher Kerr, Paula Kittle, Erin Kozloski, Josh Perry, Stephanie Roe, Jennifer Trubisz, Alison Wasik

In 2007 Eastern Connecticut State University design students Michelle Cunningham, Hanna Shea, Mike DeFazio and Dale DaRos were asked by Sarah Winter, clothing designer and owner of Sarah Winter Clothworks, Church Street, Willimantic, to re-envision and transform her storefront windows. Students designed suspended panels with images reflecting Clothworks' eco-friendly materials and hand-crafted process to create an engaging environment for the display of Sarah's unique clothing and accessories.

In celebration of Connecticut’s Last Green Valley’s* Annual Green Lights Project, Eastern Connecticut State University design students joined local artists to create a series of green light images for outdoor projection. Multiple interpretations of green lights were projected from the Windham Town Hall onto the facade of the Willimantic Brewing Company, Main Street, Willimantic, CT. The projection was on view in public space from February 15- March 17, dark til dawn. 

*The Last Green Valley is the 35-town National Heritage Corridor in Eastern Ct and South Central Mass. tlgv.org/

In celebration of Connecticut’s Last Green Valley’s* Annual Green Lights Initiative, Design students at Eastern Connecticut State University created a series of green light images for exhibition and projection which were installed at the Kerri Art Studio & Gallery, 861 Main Street, downtown Willimantic from 2/27-3/5, 2014.

Green light images were installed on the gallery walls and rear projected from the gallery’s storefront window, visible each night from dark til midnight. This project was sponsored by the Kerri Gallery, the Willimantic Brewing Company, Thread City Development , Inc. and the Willmantic Screen Project

*The Last Green Valley is the 35-town National Heritage Corridor in Eastern Connecticut and South/Central Massachusetts tlgv.org/

READ!! is a collaborative public art project created by art students from Eastern Connecticut State University and audio/visual students from EASTCONN's Arts at the Capitol Theater. READ!!, which celebrates books and reading, was shown on the facade of the Willimantic Public Library, Willimantic, CT for two weeks

in April 2012 from 8pm - midnight.

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