DSI Reflecting on Summer 2022’s Community Design for Leaders Course

by Rachel Dixon

“Come Together Birmingham is dedicated to improving race relations in Birmingham, Alabama, and it explores how healing and reconciliation from segregation and Jim Crow can be achieved through open dialogue and creativity.”

Come Together Birmingham seeks to create healing and reconciliation from Birmingham’s dark history with segregation and Jim Crow. In doing so, the project strives to encourage racial inclusion and the unification of diverse community members. Two interactive community workshops were held to ignite open dialogue and to prototype co-creation between diverse stakeholders. Born out of these workshops was Red Mountain Collective, a social justice art and design residency. The residency’s vision is to establish the city as a hub for diversity and creativity in the South. Red Mountain Collective will support diverse artists and designers in creating community projects engaging the public in discussions of race relations, as well as participation in creative community organizing events. A full proposal for the residency has been developed and submitted for funding with the goal of launching a pilot session in the fall of 2016.

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