Event description

The leadership at Kids & Art Foundation had a long-term vision: they wanted to reach families at the beginning of their child’s pediatric cancer diagnosis, to expand their reach from their Bay Area in-person workshops. Their vision was to have a kit that could provide a moment of relief to families at the beginning of a barrage of medical and emotional chaos, as well as to engage children in fun art and breathing activities, and to connect caregivers to a community who could support them through the forthcoming treatment.

In March 2021, Kids & Art was connected with five graduate students studying Interaction Design at California College of the Arts for an intensive five-week collaboration. Through these five weeks, they found a new way to build shared understanding and design iteratively through exclusively remote work. For the students, it was important to learn the vision and philosophy of the organization; for Kids & Art it was important to understand the process of iterative design for social interventions. As the product of countless zoom calls, Mural boards, and emails, they were able to research, interview, iterate and finally develop a sustainable and engaging onboarding kit that could be mailed to families all over the United States.

This session will include a panel of leadership from Kids & Art as well as the students from the Interaction Design program at CCA to discuss what made this partnership so meaningful and successful. Panel participants will experience the developed design concept through an interactive augmented reality (AR) experience via their smartphone devices.

Purvi Shah, K&A
Dawn Lindhardt, K&A
Zoe Parsigian, CCA
Adeline Soekawan, CCA
Julia Barros, CCA
Paul Chen, CCA
Yue Xie, CCA

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