Designing for Social Equity


Design is a tool. It can be used for good, for bad or indifferent intents and purposes. Fortunately, the national conversation about design is increasingly focusing on the social impact of design.

In our little slice of the world it can be easy to overlook the things that design can address, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t issues or that we are not using design to address them.

As part of the Bauhaus centennial celebrations we have done a fair amount of looking back. And rightfully so, there is much to learn from the original school’s pedagogy, from the Paepcke’s humanist endeavors and countless other Bauhausish things.

One of the things we can learn from and push forward are the ways in which the Bauhaus confronted their contemporary social challenges through design (and in some cases could have done more).

To do that we will spend the evening looking at what is currently happening in the Roaring Fork Valley that uses design, art and more to create social equity at home and beyond.

We will hear from Lindsy Fortier of the Aspen Skiing Company, Leticia Guzman Ingram from Basalt High School, Jen Odegaard from Community Builders and Lara Whitely from CORE. Each of them will give a quick presentation about work they’ve done or hopes to do that addresses local challenges.

Then we will turn it over to the community, we want to hear from others who are working in these areas or see a problem that needs to be addressed through art or design.

The hope is that this conversation is the beginning of a new design ethos in the Roaring Fork Valley. One that honors the legacy of the Bauhaus, the IDCA and all the other rich design history we have. There is a quiet momentum building around our creative culture that seeks to use design as a tool for good. We hope you can be a part of the conversation.

Please join us on July 9th from 6-7PM at the Limelight in Aspen.

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