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.

Keep Willi Wild Banner
Keep Willi Wild Banner

2010 - Christine Thurston Outdoor banner design for "Keep Willi Wild" Willimantic Wildlife Habitat initiative banner competition. Competition winner (1 of 4) Eastern Design Group

Keep Willi Wild Banner
Keep Willi Wild Banner

2010 - Sarah Larson Outdoor banner design for "Keep Willi Wild" Willimantic Wildlife Habitat initiative banner competition. Competition winner (1 of 4)

Keep Willi Wild Banner
Keep Willi Wild Banner

2010 - Paula Hansen Outdoor banner design for "Keep Willi Wild" Willimantic Wildlife Habitat initiative banner competition. Competition winner (1 of 4)

Keep Willi Wild Banner
Keep Willi Wild Banner

2010 - Paula Hansen Outdoor banner design for "Keep Willi Wild" Willimantic Wildlife Habitat initiative banner competition. Competition winner (1 of 4)

Willimantic Juvenile Court Project
Willimantic Juvenile Court Project

2007 - Kyle Osolin & Chris Turiello "Words of Wisdom" Fabric banner design for "Visions of Optimism", a permanent art installation in the lobby of the Willimantic Juvenile Courthouse. Eastern Design Group

Willimantic Juvenile Court Project
Willimantic Juvenile Court Project

2007 - Kyle Osolin & Christ Turiello "Words of Wisdom" Fabric banner installed in the lobby of the Willimantic Juvenile Courthouse. Banners were designed to reassure and inspire young people going through the court system. Eastern Design Group

Willimantic Juvenile Court Project
Willimantic Juvenile Court Project

2007 - Claudette Weir "You Are Not Alone" Fabric banner installed in the lobby of the Willimantic Juvenile Courthouse. Banners were designed to reassure and inspire young people going through the court system. Eastern Design Group

Willimantic Juvenile Court Project
Willimantic Juvenile Court Project

2007 - Claudette Weir "You Are Not Alone" Fabric banner design for "Visions of Optimism", a permanent art installation in the lobby of the Willimantic Juvenile Courthouse. Eastern Design Group

Main St. Willimantic - Winter Banner
Main St. Willimantic - Winter Banner

2006 - Krista Utke Outdoor banner design competition for Main Street Willimantic's vinyl winter banners. Competition winner. Graphic Design 2

Main St. Willimantic - Winter Banner
Main St. Willimantic - Winter Banner

2006 - Krista Utke Winter banner installation Main Street Willimantic. Outdoor Banner Competition winner. Graphic Design 2

Third Thursday Street Banner
Third Thursday Street Banner

2006 - Anne Marie Lombardo Outdoor banner design for Willimantic's Third Thursday Street Festival. Eastern Design Group

Third Thursday T-shirt
Third Thursday T-shirt

2006 - Adam McLaughlin T-shirt design for Willimantic's Third Thursday Street Festival. Eastern Design Group

Windham Garden on the Bridge Banner
Windham Garden on the Bridge Banner

2010 - Emily May, winner of the Windham Garden Club's Garden on the Bridge Banner Competition Eastern Design Group

Windham Garden on the Bridge Banner
Windham Garden on the Bridge Banner

2010 - Emily May, winner of the Windham Garden Club's Garden on the Bridge Banner Competition. Banner installation Eastern Design Group

Windham Garden on the Bridge Banner
Windham Garden on the Bridge Banner

2010 - Lynn Romano, third place banner design, in the Windham Garden Club's Garden on the Bridge Banner Competition Eastern Design Group

Windham Garden on the Bridge Banner
Windham Garden on the Bridge Banner

2010 - Jeremy White, second place banner design, in the Windham Garden Club's Garden on the Bridge Banner Competition Eastern Design Group

Windham Hospital Autumn Gala 2012
Windham Hospital Autumn Gala 2012

2012 - Lindsey Ancel Poster designed for the"Sentimental Journey" 1940s- themed Windham Hospital Annual Gala. Posters were auctioned to raise funds. Eastern Design Group

Windham Hospital Autumn Gala 2012
Windham Hospital Autumn Gala 2012

2012 - Rob Kavaler Table marker designed for the"Sentimental Journey" 1940s- themed Windham Hospital Annual Gala. Table markers coordinated with student-designed posters. Eastern Design Group

Windham Hospital Autumn Gala 2012
Windham Hospital Autumn Gala 2012

2012 - Bobby Gaines Poster designed for the"Sentimental Journey" 1940s- themed Windham Hospital Annual Gala. Posters were auctioned to raise funds. Eastern Design Group

Windham Hospital Autumn Gala 2012
Windham Hospital Autumn Gala 2012

2012 - Sean Duggan Poster designed for the"Sentimental Journey" 1940s- themed Windham Hospital Annual Gala. Posters were auctioned to raise funds. Eastern Design Group

Windham Hospital Autumn Gala 2013
Windham Hospital Autumn Gala 2013

2013 - Colleen King Illuminated table centerpiece designed for the "Viva Las Vegas" casino-themed Windham Hospital Annual Gala. Each numbered centerpiece represented a vintage Vegas casino. Eastern Design Group

Windham Hospital Autumn Gala 2013
Windham Hospital Autumn Gala 2013

2013 - Daniel Clesowich Photo backdrop designed for the "Viva Las Vegas" casino-themed Windham Hospital Annual Gala. Eastern Design Group

Windham Hospital Autumn Gala 2013
Windham Hospital Autumn Gala 2013

2013 - Nicole Romeo Illuminated table centerpiece designed for the "Viva Las Vegas" casino-themed Windham Hospital Annual Gala. Each numbered centerpiece represented a vintage Vegas casino. Eastern Design Group

Windham Hospital Autumn Gala 2013
Windham Hospital Autumn Gala 2013

2013 - Melissa Nosal Illuminated table centerpiece designed for the "Viva Las Vegas" casino-themed Windham Hospital Annual Gala. Each numbered centerpiece represented a vintage Vegas casino. Eastern Design Group

Windham Takes Responsibility
Windham Takes Responsibility

2008 - Lloyd Gevry Billboard design for "Windham Takes Reponsibility", a spay and neuter campaign organized by C.A.T.S. Northeast. Eastern Design Group

Windham Takes Responsibility
Windham Takes Responsibility

2008 - Lloyd Gevry Billboard for "Windham Takes Reponsibility", a spay and neuter campaign organized by C.A.T.S. Northeast. Eastern Design Group

Windham Takes Responsibility
Windham Takes Responsibility

2008 - Ashley Elliot Billboard design for "Windham Takes Reponsibility", a spay and neuter campaign organized by C.A.T.S. Northeast. Eastern Design Group

Windham Takes Responsibility
Windham Takes Responsibility

2008 - Ashley Eliot Billboard for "Windham Takes Reponsibility", a spay and neuter campaign organized by C.A.T.S. Northeast. Eastern Design Group

Willimantic Food Co-op Billboards
Willimantic Food Co-op Billboards

2007 - Richard Harrington Billboard design for the Willimantic Food Co-op's store re-location & grand opening. Eastern Design Group

Willimantic Food Co-op Billboards
Willimantic Food Co-op Billboards

2007 - Richard Harrington Billboard for the Willimantic Food Co-op's store re-location & grand opening. Eastern Design Group

Willimantic Food Co-op Billboards
Willimantic Food Co-op Billboards

2007 - Krista Utke Billboard design for the Willimantic Food Co-op's store re-location & grand opening. Eastern Design Group

Willimantic Food Co-op Billboards
Willimantic Food Co-op Billboards

2007 - Krista Utke Billboard for the Willimantic Food Co-op's store re-location & grand opening. Eastern Design Group