"Create! Don't Hate." Kansas City

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Senior graphic design students at Kansas City Art Institute have teamed up with seniors at Paseo Adademy, an inner-city performance and fine arts high school, to produce billboards promoting tolerance for the "Create! Don't Hate." initiative. Students are addressing topics such as class-based exclusion, healthy body image, and looking past stereotypes in addition to more traditional notions such as tolerance of differences in race or creed.
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Tyler Galloway
Kansas City Art Institute
tgalloway@kcai.edu
816 802 3543

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May 30, 2013
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Tim and Kelvin working through ideas about tolerance using a concept map.
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Shakiel and Vahn producing their idea.
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Two final billboards. Rodolfo Marron, mentored by Monina Velarde; Norris Osby, mentored by Sam Furst.
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Two more final billboards. Kelvin Banks, mentored by Tim Griffin; Eslim Chavez-Garcia, mentored by Rebecca Daugherty
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Paseo and KCAI students and teachers celebrating after a successful presentation to the entire KCAI graphic design department.
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Working in mentor-mentee pairs, students were to create billboards promoting tolerance to be displayed in the Kansas City community. Mentees were encouraged to draw on personal experiences for their subject matter and mentors are challenged to articulate and initiate a professional design process for the mentees.

 
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Both sets of students learned much about each other and the subject matter through this process. Specific audiences were identified and the Paseo students utilized collage, photography, and pen-and-ink illustration -- as well as developing appropriate writing -- to create memorable work addressing their chosen issues.