Pennsylvania College of Art & Design is well-known for its creative and influential engagement with the community. The events on February 21 and 22 were no exception.
We just wrapped up our sixth annual 24-hour Designathon, during which faculty and students created marketing materials for Arch Street Center; Bond House; Central Market Trust; Clinic for Special Children; Girls on the Run of Lancaster; HEADstrong Foundation; Linden Hall; and the Lancaster Science Factory.
To date, Designathon has linked PCA&D with over two dozen nonprofits serving more than 200,000 people in Lancaster County, making it one of our best-known community engagement initiatives.
See photos on our Facebook wall of the Designathon in process.
Later this week, we'll post work samples, too.
Why does Designathon matter?
PCA&D's Designathon provides an opportunity for non-profit organizations to receive professional-quality design services at no charge. Students learn that non-profits have very real marketing needs in order to be successful, and strong graphic design on well-organized collateral
pieces are vital components in successful communications and marketing plans. Working as a team and within a strict 24-hour deadline simulates real world job experiences, too.
Pam Barby, chair of PCA&D's graphic design department and assistant professor, has led PCA&D's Designathon for the past six years.
This year, she was joined by fellow PCA&D faculty members: Charles Beyl, assistant professor in the Illustration and Graphic Design departments; alumna Maria Cummings-Miller '93, instructor in the Graphic Design department; Brian Gunzenhauser, assistant professor in the Illustration and Graphic Design departments; Tom Bejgrowicz, instructor in the Graphic Design department; PCA&D alumnus and admissions counselor Patrick Mendoza '13; Jonathan Yeager '04, PCA&D alumnus and adjunct instructor in the Graphic Design and Illustration departments; Tom Newmaster, adjunct instructor in the Graphic Design department; and Bill Dussinger, adjunct instructor in the Graphic Design and Illustration departments.
Students who participated in Designathon are members of PCA&D's chapter of the AIGA (American Institute of Graphic Arts), the professional association for design. This project is a big part of the fulfillment of their goals as AIGA members.
This year's teams were comprised of Scott Arbital '16, Alexander Blair '16, Socheata Chhun '15, Stephanie Choy '15, Danielle Farrell '14, Jordan Heisey '14, Brittney Hippensteel '14, Sarah Hughes '15, Courtney Lynn '14, James Marshall '16, Emily McKelvey '15, Amanda Michko '14, Samantha Mongelluzzo '15, Kyle Newkirk '15, Nicole Cruz Ramos '14, Amber Ream '16, Katie Smith '14, and Kaitie Trout '14.
Nonprofit clients in 2014
Nonprofit clients that will benefit from PCA&D's Designathon this year include Arch Street Center; Bond House; Central Market Trust; Clinic for Special Children; Girls on the Run of Lancaster; HEADstrong Foundation; Linden Hall; and the Lancaster Science Factory.
See the story from last year's Designathon here.
More details for 2014 are forthcoming. Watch this webpage and our Facebook wall for updates.
Designathon clients from previous years
Aaron’s Acres; Downtown Ephrata, Inc.; Junior Achievement of Central Pennsylvania; North Star Initiative; Schreiber Pediatric Rehab Center; Special Olympics (Lancaster County); Water Street Ministries, and three charitable organizations through the Ephrata National Bank (J. Harry Hibshman Charitable Trust, Irene Weidman Charitable Trust, and the Brossman Charitable Trust).
Project Access Lancaster County (PALCO); KPETS; Manos House; Downtown Ephrata, Inc.;
Compass Mark; Gifts that Give Hope Lancaster.
Assets; Ephrata Performing Arts Center; Heritage Center Museums; Lancaster Area Habitat for Humanity; Neighborhood Services; Welsh Mountain Health Centers.
Milagro House; Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Lancaster; Fulton Theatre; Milagro House; Paradise
Township Lions Club; Heritage Center of Lancaster County; Institute for Children & Families; Rumschpringe Short Film Festival.
Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Lancaster; Junior Achievement of Central PA; City of Lancaster-Neighborhood Issues; Janus School; Big 33 Scholarship Foundation; Lancaster Spina Bifida