The symposium took place on January 18, 2016. Students, educators, and community members come together to share creative ways that art and design can positively influence the greater good. The overall theme was to move people to take action by using the skills of art and design to initiate change. The morning began with a keynote address by Mark Randall, co-founder of World Studio, which works to bridge the gaps between collaborators on design-related social issues to support the communities they serve. He shared his wide-reaching professional work along with the pro-bono work in which he engages. Randall regularly lectures on social design at colleges, universities, and industry conferences around the nation and World Studio’s work has won leading industry awards.
With presentations as varied as designing for those with arthritis, to changing public perception of heroin recovery, or informed design for homeless shelters, great ideas flowed. A lunchtime poster session offered insight into Syrian refuges, stress and military veterans, art therapy, and art work undertaken and presented by local homeless neighbors. Attendees were treated to a lunchtime concert by Hector Vazquez Gil from the FSU College of Music.