DownCity Design: Request for Project Proposals Fall 2018 - Spring 2019
DownCity Design is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping people design solutions for their communities. Through our free youth design programs, we work to improve the city of Providence by getting young people involved in creating structures, graphics and products that respond to challenges and opportunities in their communities. Our youth programs are making urban neighborhoods safer, healthier, and more livable, while empowering residents to become agents of change. Our students gain valuable academic and career skills, as well as an authentic sense of civic pride and responsibility. Since its founding in 2009, DownCity Design has engaged over 1800 youth in rewarding design/build programs, both in-school and during out-of-school time, that have resulted in 70+ community improvement projects in Providence and beyond.
Let us DESIGN something for your community!
Throughout DownCity Design’s 2018-19 program year, our work will be guided by the theme ‘Resilient Providence.’ DCD will engage young people in designing and fabricating beautiful and functional installations, graphics and products that will showcase new possibilities and practices to promote sustainable practices in the city of Providence. Resilient PVD will focus on investigating and inspiring new models of resilience and preparing Providence for the challenges associated with climate change, including the very real impacts of rising sea levels and storm surge on our coastal city.

This year, participants in 3-4 of our free youth programs will design and create a public project that will be donated to our project partners to help build community here in Providence. We envision our young designers creating amenities like rain-water collection systems for community gardens, bioswales to help mitigate rainwater flooding, posters and public awareness campaigns, and pop-up parklets designed to broadly share information and resources about sustainability.

We’re looking for some great projects to tackle this year! If you have a project that fits this theme and meets our criteria outlined below, we encourage you to submit a proposal by 5 pm on September 23, 2018. Our panel of educators, staff and students will review proposals to choose several potential Project Partners to partner with for this year.

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