ArtCenter students partner with COANIQUEM, a Santiago, Chile based nonprofit that provides free holistic burn treatment to children from across Latin America. Interdisciplinary student teams will design charity thrift shops in Chile, to raise funds to support COANIQUEM’s free pediatric burn treatment, while building a community of socially engaged consumers & volunteers.
Nonprofit charity shops are a new phenomenon in Chile. How might we develop high-impact, resourceful innovations for real-world implementation with COANIQUEM?
• Retail Experience: Charity shop spatial design for engaging user experiences in a range of locations; Fixtures & lighting; Resourceful locations, such as houses & mobile shops
• Brand & Visual Communication: Brand identity & logo; Communicate social & sustainable messages to customers, donors, volunteers; Publicity campaigns; Spatial graphics
• Resource Strategy & Systems: Strategize new systems to collect, curate, store & distribute donations; Design supporting spaces; Strategize potential online store
The students and faculty will embark on a 2-week field research trip to Santiago, Chile August, 27 – September, 8.
Students will immerse themselves in the Chilean culture while working with the COANIQUEM charity retail employees to seek design opportunities within the store.
Research insights will be vetted and the students will develop their initial design directions and present to Coaniquem before returning to ArtCenter to begin the design process.