UMS/Ross Design Jam
SUN, OCT. 16, 2022

IDEA #3 is based on the question,
“How might we create incentives
that provide artists with their basic
needs and mobilize the public and
private sectors? “

This was the team:

  • Aubrey
  • Eric
  • Emani 
  • Tim
  • Felix
  • Sasha

The facilitator was Ashley Tran.

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The Discovery Phase is how the team researches
and gains an understanding of the problems lurking
within and resulting in the Central Question.

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Clarify &

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

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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
central question.

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Prototyping is how designers convey the
experience of their concept or idea so they
can test and evaluate their thinking (an
iterative process).

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To begin the Discovery phase, the team engaged in a icebreaker activity, where they came to know each other, and areas of commonality. They discovered that the group was exceptionally diverse, but that they had a mutual interest in arts education. That subject became a focal point for further exploration.

Context Mapping

Context mapping is designed to help the team form a shared contextual understanding of the central question and bring out areas of expertise and passion to determine the team’s unique personal take on the central question.

During the Context Mapping activity, the team looked at trends affecting the performing arts. The team recognized that there are disparities between the experiences of differing socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds.  Since art is hard to quantify, schools  defund the arts when times get tough, and artists struggle to make a livable wage.  While there are new ways to spread the arts technologically, and donors are tapped to support nonprofit arts organizations, performers need a support community in order to stay sustainable.  Finally, access to arts spaces is limited, and even sometimes made inaccessible to socially diverse groups.

Below is Team 3’s Context Map: (click to zoom in)

Sense Making

During the Sense Making stage, the team captures insights from the Context Map and identifies patterns. During this 15 minute time, the facilitator captured and identified these patterns using the Context Map.  Sometimes ideas move from a laughable idea (“Ha Ha”) to a discovery (“Ah Ha!”) to a resolution (“Ahh”).

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