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Immigration Impact ~ The Completed Project

The Immigration Impact Project was created in collaboration with the Santa Fe Art Institute, Santa Fe Dreamers Project, and The Design Corps of Santa Fe to demonstrate the contributions of our immigrant community in New Mexico. After many months of fact-gathering, idea-concepting, and design-exploring, we are excited to share this pivotal piece!

The information in this poster focuses on New American’s contributions through state and federal taxes, through business and job creation, to the agricultural sector, the STEM sector, and as home-owners. This project makes a compelling case that immigrants are an integral part of our state’s economy and that pro-immigrant public policy and community support will strengthen our community.

Many thanks to those that participated in this endeavor from each of our organizations. And a very special thank you to DC Member Chris Philpot Illustration for his illustration work!

Immigration Impact Workshop

In the workshop, we determined that our collaborative community project will be a focused, multi-panel educational print piece, based on some of the most successful legacy pieces from CUP’s case studies—such as disseminating information about rent control and renters’ rights in Chinatown, New York City.  The print piece sought to reach an audience of providers who can offer assistance to immigrant families in New Mexico, such as healthcare professionals and educators. Our comprehensive design process was comprised of team meetings over the course of several months in which participants will brought their own research and questions to the table.

At a Teach-In with Allegra Love, Executive Director of Santa Fe Dreamers Project, we define roles, responsibilities, and expectations—to pin down exactly what we will communicate to support the goals of the pProject. The images of our workshop show some of the overwhelming infrastructure of available immigration policy visual materials, which helped to guide cohesive, approachable visual tools to meet the established project goals.

Kick-off Event for Immigration Impact

Design Corps was proud to be a partner, alongside SFAI and the Center for Urban Pedagogy, on a collaboration to benefit the Santa Fe Dreamers Project.  The Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP, New York City) uses the power of design and art to increase meaningful civic engagement, collaborating with designers, educators, advocates, artists, students, and communities to make educational tools that demystify complex policy and planning issues. At a lecture hosted by SFAI, the CUP team discussed their partnership with SFAI and Design Corps of Santa Fe—its first expansion outside of New York—and how CUP is working to disseminate its methodologies in communities like Santa Fe.

Here are a few photos of the fantastic introductory lecture at SFAI with Christine Gaspar, Executive Director of the Center for Urban Pedagogy. Christine discussed the mission and work of CUP, which was a winner of the 2016 National Design Awards.