AUArts & United Way shine light on struggling Calgarians

AUArts faculty and students. Left to right: Colin Celino, advertising major; Rochelle Singh, graphic design major; Nia La Grandeur, advertising major; Neil Smith, advertising major; Scott Cressman, Chair, School of Communication Design; Eva Janke-Furman, illustration major.

We know that 1-in-10 Calgarians live in poverty, but this isn’t always easy to see. So five local artists from the visual communication design program at Alberta University of the Arts (AUArts) came together to help our community visualize it in a new way.

“Our intention is to spark the conversation,” says Neil Smith, a fourth-year advertising major at AUArts. “Bringing it to life is super exciting.”

The artists—graphic design, advertising, and illustration students who have wrapped up their studies at AUArts in 2019—collaborated with United Way during a public design course overseen by Scott Cressman, School of Communication Design Chair at AUArts. The public design course, which has been in place for more than 30 years, allows students to give back to the community by providing project assistance to a nonprofit.

>>> Check out the full story