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Alexandria Patrice Clay
May 21, 2016

Creative Paths Career Fair

May 21, 2016 by Alexandria Patrice Clay

For our (Alexandria Clay & Chantal Feitosa) LACE Capstone project, we decided to plan a community event that could be beneficial to local youth. The Creative Paths Career Fair was an opportunity for low-income and first generation high school students in Providence to learn more about the opportunities and possibilities offered through a career or education in art and design. By having RISD volunteers talk about their majors and offer portfolio reviews, we hoped to help diminish the stigma tied to pursuing art professionally.

Throughout this process we learned all of the nuts and bolts that go into planning a community event. We found that essential steps, including securing a location and community outreach to a target audience, proved to be challenging.Thankfully we had the resources and connections to Project Open Door and their administrative team.

Project Open Door draws creative teens from public high schools in Rhode Island's urban core cities to participate in free art and design programming. Paul Sproll and Lauren Allen allowed us to use POD’s studio space for a day and were able to mentor us on how to best engage RISD and the local community. After a few months of prep work, we were able to provide an excellent resources to any high school students with many thanks to our RISD volunteers. 

While our turnout was not as high as we had hoped, we believe that those who were able to attend benefited greatly from the experience. From this project, we not only made connections that will ensure future events like this to happen, but we also learned how to make community events run as successfully as possible.