The College of Architecture + The Arts (CARTA) and CARTA Associate Dean of Academic Affairs Adam Drisin have been awarded a 2013 Knight Foundation Challenge Grant. The $90,000 grant will enable the college to partner with the Harvard Graduate School of Design to launch a summer program, the Growlight project, for Miami high school students at CARTA’s Miami Beach Urban Studios on Lincoln Road.
The goal of the grant is to develop the next generation of South Florida creatives with a program that centers on careers in the arts and design. The program will explore how designers think, solve problems and improve their surroundings. Students will gain a theoretical framework for design in addition to practical experience solving actual local design problems. Students will examine the range of creative design sector careers that are pivotal to Miami’s future as a creative city. Drisin will serve as the Principal Investigator.
“The Growlight project is a commitment by the College of Architecture + The Arts to nurture and grow Miami’s future design talent. These are the kids who in twenty years will ensure Miami remains a world-class city for design and the cultural arts,” says Drisin.
“Art and design education serve as critical components to a complete eduction and are proven to increase student academic achievement in all areas, including math and science. We are very grateful to the Knight Foundation for their confidence in the College of Architecture + The Arts,” says CARTA Dean Brian Schriner.