Work with East Palo Alto (EPA) students led us in early March, 2016, to a game-changing insight about the role of art in the lives of low-income youth. Too often art is a tool of privilege. Art is expensive, both in money and time. Through testing our initial urban/shared-art prototypes, we realized that 30 minutes spent on our prototype was 30 minutes not spend trying to pass algebra. Our new question is: how can we use ART, not as a tool of privilege, but as a tool for LEARNING, to help EPA high school students succeed in their classes?
Initial Recruitment Video
The College-Bound room of the Boys & Girls Club of the Peninsula in East Palo Alto, with the first installation of one of our prototypes. We go on to re-envision the space to create a more collaborative working environment.
Our Easely prototypes on display at the 2016 Design For America Spring Showcase. At the event, we tested the capabilities of various speech-to-text APIs on accented English in addition to presenting our work thus far.