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SUBJECT: Christine Gaspar: Designing for Democracy

2/18/2014  2:55:00 PM
Bryan Stevens, Customer Service Manager (206) 684-5045

Christine Gaspar: Designing for Democracy
Open House for Seattle 2035

SEATTLE – Join us for an open house about Seattle 2035, a yearlong citywide conversation about how Seattle should grow over the next 20 years. Your input will be used to update the Seattle Comprehensive Plan. After the Open House, Christine Gaspar, Executive Director of the Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP), will speak about how this New York-based non-profit uses art and design to improve public participation in shaping the built environment.

Thursday, February 20, 2014
Seattle Central Library

5:30 p.m.
Open House, Seattle 2035
Microsoft Auditorium

6:30 p.m.
Designing for Democracy: the Work of the Center for Urban Pedagogy Lecture by Christine Gaspar followed by Q & A
Microsoft Auditorium

Where does the water go when you flush the toilet? What is affordable housing? Who owns the Internet? Who decides where noxious land uses go? The Center for Urban Pedagogy wants you to know!

CUP is a New York City-based nonprofit organization that makes accessible, visual explanations of the complex issues that shape our everyday lives. CUP's Executive Director, Christine Gaspar, will talk about how the organization collaborates with grassroots organizers and talented designers to create posters, workshop tools, websites, and animations that demystify policy and planning and give individuals the tools to advocate for their own community needs.

The projects are designed with and for advocacy organizations to help increase their capacity to mobilize their constituents on important urban issues. CUP's print, audio, video, and media projects, along with tactile interactive workshop tools, are in use by dozens of community organizers and tens of thousands of individuals in New York City and beyond.

The work have been featured in the Cooper-Hewitt Museum's National Design Triennial, PS-1, and two Venice Biennales, and awarded a 2012 Curry Stone Design Prize and a 2010 Rockefeller Foundation Cultural Innovation Fund Award.

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