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Culture and Community Design Class

The ARC Culture and Community Design class helps planners, community-based organizations, local governments, and culture bearers to better understand each other’s perspectives. Each class collaborates and co-designs innovative, community-centered projects around regional land use and transportation challenges. Participants will practice creative community engagement methods, prioritizing marginalized communities that have been historically excluded from planning processes, to advance systemic change in our region.

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Second Culture and Community Design class coming this August

ARC’s Community Engagement and Culture team (CEC) will launch the second Culture and Community Design (CCD) class this August.

The class is $1,500.00 per participant and meets each Thursday from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. at rotating locations and online. Limited scholarships are available.

Classes run from August 8 – December 12, 2024.

Download the syllabus for this class (pdf).

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What will students take away from this class?

Students will collaborate and network with local and national speakers, community influencers and other socially engaged creatives working on the forefront of creative civic engagement. Students gain experience by working on two real-world community engagement projects with locally based community partners. Students will leave the class with a fresh understanding of what creative community “co-design” really means and have a new network of like-minded individuals who are also seeking to engage and prioritize members of marginalized communities.

Who is this class for?

This class is for:

  • artists interested in civic engagement,
  • culture bearers,
  • organizers interested in creative practices,
  • architects, planners, and designers,
  • elected officials and individuals working in local government, and
  • community members with experience in community-based work.

Plan to attend our information session in June to learn more. More details to come.

Check Out These Video Recaps of the 2023 Class for More Information

Meet the Co-Facilitators

Roshani Thakore

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Roshani Thakore (she/her) is a socially engaged artist and the director of community engagement and culture programming at ARC. She leads initiatives including integrating culture into long-range planning efforts and designing innovative and inclusive engagement practices that center under-represented voices in planning. Through her art practice, she has collaborated with social-justice organizations, universities, arts organizations, planners, incarcerated men, students, youth, older adults, and more. She is passionate about the intersection of art, organizing, and public spaces in Metro Atlanta.

Rosten Woo

Rosten Woo

Rosten Woo is a designer, writer, and educator living in Los Angeles. He produces civic-scale artworks and works as a collaborator and consultant to a variety of grassroots, non-profit organizations, and local governments such as Los Angeles Poverty Department, the Black Workers Center, as well as the city of Los Angeles and Los Angeles County. His work has also been exhibited internationally at art and design institutes as well as public housing developments, tugboats, shopping malls and parks. Woo is also the co-founder and former executive director of the Center for Urban Pedagogy, a New York Based non-profit organization and winner of the national design award for institution achievement, dedicated to using art and design to foster civic participation.

Meet the Community Partners

CCD class participants will explore community issues around mobility justice, collective ownership, and community preservation by collaborating with two Community-Based Organizations (CBOs): Village Skatepark ATL, a community space focused on mobility and design, and The Kɘ’nekt, a mutual-aid based cooperative space prioritizing Black community members and their local experiences.

The class will connect with The Guild, Los Vecinos de Buford Highway and Clarkston Community Center through site visits, field trips, and guest speakers.

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Mobility Justice and Youth Engagement

Clarkston Community Center

Two women at a demonstration holding signs. One sign says, 'Housing is HealthCare'

Community Preservation

Los Vecinos de Buford Highway

Four people with shovels and hardhats digging dirt

Collective Ownership

The Guild

A building with a colorful mural and the Kɘ'nekt sign above the door

Collective Ownership

the Kɘ'nekt

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Mobility Justice

Village Skatepark

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CDAP
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Georgia Commute Options
Green Communities
LCI
LINK
MARC
Metro Atlanta Speaks
MNG Water Planning District
RLI
State of the Region
UASI
WorkSource GA