Facing Project

Experiential Learning

Our faculty understand the value of experiential learning. As such, they strive to give students many opportunities to learn from doing, through a variety of departmental and interdisciplinary programs and projects:

Facing Dayton: Visualizing Neighborhood Narratives

The Facing Project is a nonprofit organization that connects people through stories to strengthen communities. It is a community story-telling project that intends to bring awareness about human rights issues and assets of a community to inspire social action. Through the Fitz Center for Leadership in Community, a Facing Project came to life in Dayton entitled, Facing Dayton: Visualizing Neighborhood Narratives.

Exhibition at SPHR17, The Social Practice of Human Rights Conference

As a component of the Facing Project, students enrolled in Jayne Matlack Whitaker's Graphic Design II in the Department of Art and Design created projects to be exhibited at the Human Rights Center’s biennial conference, The Social Practice of Human Rights 2017. For the project, students were paired with one community member’s story that captures the experience of living in Dayton and the challenges or advantages that go along with it. Students met one-on-one with storytellers, an experience that furthered their connection to community and inspired them to create what we hope are effective and impactful designs intended to bring poetic justice to their subjects, and life to their stories.

Through awareness outlets such as Facing Dayton: Visualizing Neighborhood Narratives, communities can come together to discover new solutions to the problems of intolerance and indifference. The exhibit is open and free to the public during the days of the conference. Read news story >

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Students plan installation at UD River Campus.

Students plan installation at UD River Campus.

Students meet with Wright Dunbar storytellers.

Students meet with Wright Dunbar storytellers.

Students plan production in the studio.

Students, faculty and SPHR facilitators plan production in the studio.

Students, faculty and SPHR facilitators plan production in the studio.

Production in studio.

Production in studio.

Production in studio.

Production in studio.

Production in studio.

Production in studio.

Production in studio.

Installing work.

Installing work.

By Lucy Bratton.

By Josie Libecap.

By Emma Pierpont.

By Hadley Rodebeck.

By Nyla Sauter.

By Caitlin Schneider.

By Bella Vonachen.

By Olivia Wendt.

Dinner in the Desert Kitchen II: Just Add Water

The second annual exhibition to raise funds for the Dayton FoodBank shifts it’s thematic focus from food deserts to water, examining issues that include sustainability, environmental justice, visual culture and food systems. Our multi-disciplinary project brings together students from the Department of Art and Design and the Sustainability, Energy and the Environment minor in the spirit of creative and scholarly exploration. While our courses focused on the histories and geographies of New Orleans, China’s Grand Canal and our home of Dayton, Just Add Water uses this vital resource as a broad-ranging symbol that students interpret through diverse scholarly and creative works.

Past Dinner in the Desert Kitchen work:

2015: The Market Report

Assistant Professor Glenna Jennings and her students researched issues of food scarcity and poverty in Dayton, Ohio. Their small team delved into the issues of food inequity, and they engaged the local downtown community in conversation as they gathered empirical evidence. The students produced an art installation and research documentation that includes local responses to issues ranging from lack of transportation to low food quality and high prices.

Find us.

Department of Art and Design

Fitz Hall 250 
300 College Park 
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 2923

937-229-3237