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Friday, March 11, RISD Auditorium

2:00 – 5:00 Registration Open
3:30 – 4:45 Welcoming Remarks
Jessie Shefrin, Provost

Start Here: RISD Students Make It Better

  • Andy Chen, graduate student in Graphic Design
  • Soaib Grewal, undergraduate student in Industrial Design
  • Jessica Fanning, graduate student in Interior Architecture
  • Emily Sara Wilson, graduate student in Graphic Design
  • Andreas Nicholas, undergraduate student in Film/Animation/Video
5:00 – 7:30 Welcoming Remarks
John Maeda, President

Keynote Addresses
Donna Garland, Associate Director for Communication, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Dr. Howard Koh, Assistant Secretary for Health, US Department of Health and Human Services

Saturday, March 12, RISD Auditorium

8:00 – 5:00 Registration Open
8:30 – 8:45 Introduction
Patricia Phillips, Dean of Graduate Studies
8:45 – 9:30 Keynote
Mel Chin, artist
9:30 – 9:45 Q&A
moderated by Patricia Phillips, Dean of Graduate Studies
9:45 – 10:00 Break
10:00 – 11:15 Public Practices: Artists, Designers, and Health Activism

What are the forms of practice that enable artists and designers to engage with health and healthcare beyond conventional disciplinary models and narrow instrumentality? How can artists and designers contribute to a broad public conversation on health as a complex medical, economic, political, cultural, and ethical question? Many of the most fundamental challenges we confront today demand these new approaches to practice and public engagement. Perhaps a new activism is emerging that can re-frame public discourse on
health, wellness, and the body, and contribute to fundamental change in institutions, public policy, and everyday culture.

The panelists have each developed roles and structures (institutional, collective, and community-based) to allow them to pursue work around health and related concerns.
As we at RISD define an institutional model for art and design research, how do we acknowledge and extend these new forms of agency, participation, collaboration, engagement, and service?

11:15 – 11:30 Q&A
moderated by Deborah Bright, Dean of Fine Arts
11:30 – 12:45 Lunch (on own, list of recommended restaurants available)
12:45 – 1:45 Presentations: RISD in Collaboration
moderated by Dawn Barrett, Dean of Architecture+Design

1:45 – 2:00 Introduction
Terrie Fox Wetle, Ph.D., Associate Dean of Medicine for Public Health, Brown University
2:00 – 2:45 Keynote
Raynard S. Kington, President, Grinnell College
2:45 – 3:45 New Models and Opportunities for Art and Design Research, a roundtable discussion moderated by Charlie Cannon, Associate Professor, Industrial Design

Artists and designers reframe our understanding of the world, its functions and its forms, and create fresh perspectives and experiences. How do artists and designers – with their specific skills, practices, and peculiarities – interface and interact with traditional models of research to create new forms of knowledge, as well as products, systems, and processes that are humane, responsible, and cultural?

These conversations and collaborations also have the potential to productively disrupt and transform creative practices by asking them to be more engaged, relevant, and accountable. Bringing art and design’s traditional emphasis on the qualitative together with quantitative research models will support innovative thinking about health and a renewed social agency for art and design.

  • Sarah Goldhagen, Architecture Critic, The New Republic
  • Aidan Petrie, Co-Founder and Chief Innovation Officer, Ximedica
  • Jeremy Nobel, Adjunct Faculty in Health Policy and Management at the Harvard School of Public Health, Founder and President of the Foundation for Art and Healing
  • Sara Diamond, President, OCAD University
3:45 – 4:00 Q&A
4:00 – 4:30 Break
4:30 – 5:45 Public Address: Rethinking Health Education and Participation

We live in a consumer culture overwhelmed with marketing and misinformation, and a toxic built environment designed with little regard for health. Despite some victories, conventional health messaging and education campaigns have generally met with very limited success. How can artists and designers help develop stronger, more effective models for sharing health information and promoting healthy living as a normal part of everyday life, and create a supportive built and social environment? How can artists and designers help patients and doctors manage complex protocols and practices, and support patients in their efforts to be informed and active decision-makers and collaborators in their own care? How can we understand health as a shared, collective responsibility and not just as a matter of personal agency and responsibility?

5:45 – 6:00 Q&A
moderated by Anne Tate, Professor of Architecture
6:00 – 6:05 Introduction
Deborah Bright, Dean of Fine Arts
6:05 – 6:45 Closing Keynote
Sara Diamond, President, OCAD University
6:45 – 7:00 Closing Remarks
John Maeda, President

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