Design Your Neighborhood is a unique four-week internship experience for Nashville inner city Youth focused on architecture, urban design and planning, graphic design, and filmmaking. The youth are exploring issues related to design with highly trained professionals and city leaders. The program culminates with participants creating video shorts and a movie poster that will compliment a documentary movie based on their experiences. The documentary will be submitted to film festivals in Nashville and across the country. This is truly an once-in-a-lifetime experience for youth and adults alike!
This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). Art Works. DYN serves NEA’s overarching goal that “the arts contribute to the strengthening of communities.
NCDC has launched a crowdfunding site for the Design Your Neighborhood Toolbox website, which will provide resources that will allow this program to be run nation-wide. NCDC created and ran the Design Your Neighborhood program as an intensive summer camp for high school students that focused on architecture, urban design, planning, civic design, graphic design, and film making. The participants had the opportunity to apply what they had learned to a park design project that made their community a better place for youth.
When you teach students design, you give them an opportunity to express their opinions and the tools necessary to inform their voice. Opening up this opportunity to youth across the country will inform the next generation on the impact that design can have on communities.