9/22/2022 Fall ’22 Designer in Residence: Karen Proctor, Improv Lab


Workways: Building an Inclusive Creative Economy

Workways: Building an Inclusive Creative Economy Vanessa Yip Workways is a worker-centric data-gathering toolkit built to amplify equitable business models that provide direct pathways into the creative economy for immigrant women of color in NYC.

Storied Lives

Storied Lives Ryana Bryan Storied Lives addresses intergenerational tension in black families through creative reflection and storytelling. Investigating, creating, and sharing personal narratives builds individual power and can start to break down generational barriers. By connecting those stories to a larger community narrative, this project aims to create an intentional and transformative space where creative…

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Youth Action Lab

Youth Action Lab Lorena Estrella Youth Action Lab is an afterschool club for middle schoolers that uses storytelling and creative expression to explore questions on race & identity.

Healthy Masculinity Forum

Healthy Masculinity Forum Damian Ashton An online community hub for men to connect and explore healthy masculinity through a digital forum as well as downloadable meetup toolkit for them to take their conversations offline and into their local communities.


Unfair Aditi Kapre & Kartik Krishnan Unfair is aimed towards reimagining a more equitable future state of mainstream Indian media, by building radical inclusivity to shift the age old colourist narrative that paints fair skin as superior and more desirable to dark skin.


REBUILDERS Jiangyi Yu & Sarah Huang Rebuilders aims to tackle the increasing waste crisis by questioning the way people deal with waste and reframe the possibility. To achieve the goal, we create an educational play program to cultivate children’s creative power to develop new mindsets on the value of waste. Through a series of actionable…

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Desire and Reality

Desire and Reality Cecilia Wang & Sky Wei An educational program that helps college students to be more aware of their shopping habits by shifting the way they shop for their sense of security and self-worth.

Power is Local

Power is Local Catherine Mazzocchi & Jennifer Ulloa Power is Local builds Black, Latinx, & Spanish-speaking Northern Manhattan community power, to ensure that people most impacted by energy insecurity’s increasingly harmful effects on community wellbeing can develop critical policy action.


PRETTY/UGLY Tianyue Zhang & Tara Maurice PRETTY/UGLY is radically rethinking sustainability through content creation, live events, and strategic collaborations in work that communicates the interdependence of man and nature. With a sense of urgency and possibility, PRETTY/UGLY’s work makes clear: “there is no garbage in nature.”

SHE Co-Lab

Umila Singh (2019) A program that creatively aligns the needs of survivors of domestic violence with community resources to generate a network of support. Process Paper: (PDF)

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