IDEA #1 is based on the question, “How might
we make the arts more accessible to everyone
This was the team:
The facilitator was Uthman Olagoke.
The Discovery Phase is how the team researches
and gains an understanding of the problems lurking
within and resulting in the Central Question.
During the Clarifying & Converging stage, the
team attempts to make sense of and coalesce
the data and insights generated during the
Discovery phase. Gentle guardrails are applied
to the information to lead to a central team
Following lunch and visit and talk with
Wynton Marsalis, the teams reconvened,
reviewed what had been accomplished
during the morning, and moved on to ideating.
This phase of the day was focused on
generating ideas for answering each team’s
Prototyping is how designers convey the
experience of their concept or idea so they
can test and evaluate their thinking (an
Prototyping is how designers convey the experience of their concept or idea so they can test and evaluate their thinking (an iterative process).
Storytelling is an excellent prototyping tool because it puts the concept in context, in the lives of stakeholders. Vision Storyboards make your thinking visual, put the concept in context, and are simple and fun. This technique, often used in the creation of feature films, compels the team to imagine an experience with their design concept.
Team 1 recognized that the arts are currently treated as a separate topic from other subjects in school, and are often the first subject to be cut in times of financial hardship. Through lobbying for policy changes at the state level and bringing together artists, teachers and professionals to exchange ideas on arts integration, the team would create a task force to research teaching ideas from schools that will integrate the arts into their overarching curriculum. The task force could then create an online repository of teaching resources, lesson plans, exercises, and activities sorted by grade and topic, resulting in having the arts infused into every subject area. This answers the central question of, “How might we make the arts more accessible to everyone in society?”
Below is Team 1’s Storyboard: (click to zoom in)
Listen to Anna describe this storyboard in detail:
How rewarding! Having completed all of the work of the day, Team 1 presented their central idea and source materials to other participants in the day’s design jam.