Drawing the Line on Climate: String Survey

From downtown Minneapolis to Lowertown Saint Paul, the 7th annual Northern Spark all-night arts festival took place from dusk on June 10th to dawn on June 11th. The event engaged more than 45,000 attendees in all forms of public art, all tied to the theme “Climate Chaos: People Rising.” Among the 415 artists who presented


See You @Design Camp

Join MASD faculty members, Holly Robbins and Wendy Jedlicka, at AIGA Minnesota’s annual Design Camp. They will be offering 3 hands-on workshops on Sunday, October 8. About the workshop Sustainability Now! A Hands-on Workshop On Sustainability Practice for Today’s Designers Over 80-percent of today’s corporations do some sort of sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)


MN Green Drinks Events: September

In Minnesota? Check out these incredible sustainability-focused offerings in September hosted by Twin Cities Green Drinks. Learn more about Twin Cities Green Drinks. SATURDAY Sept 9 ~ Open Streets Minneapolis 11am-5pm West Broadway Neighborhood, Mpls ~ FREE (Open Streets promotes healthy living, local businesses, sustainable transportation and civic pride. On multiple days throughout the year,


Welcome New Students!

We are delighted to welcome our fall 2017 cohort of students to the MA in Sustainable Design program at MCAD. We think that the solar eclipse is an auspicious beginning to their tenure in the program. Welcome new MA in Sustainable Design program students! Jazmyne Geis (Anthropology + Dance) – Hawai’i Ajda Mesic (Apparel Design


Are Your Ready for the Summer?!

We are! We’re taking a break from blogging until August. Fall 2017 semester begins on August 28, with new student (online) orientation beginning on August 21. We are currently accepting applications for Spring 2018 (early action deadline is October 1). Learn more about how to apply the MCAD’s MA in Sustainable Design program. Best wishes


The Pulse of Fashion

I had the immense pleasure of visiting the most bike-friendly city to attend the Copenhagen Fashion Summit this year which is a day devoted to learning and sharing about how global leaders in the fashion industry are trying to move the needle on environmental and social sustainability issues. Circular economy There was a big focus


String Survey @Northern Spark

Background Stories design collective members Jack Becker ’76, Nichole Goodwell, Randy Walker and MASD Faculty Arlene Birt (’03), are exploring the current climate crisis through a community outreach project during this June’s Northern Spark event. String Survey invites participants to answer a series of questions about our current climate crisis and witness how their personal stance on


Alumni Update: An Unexpected Turn

About five years ago, I began to feel that familiar pull that many designers do mid-career–the desire to put my skills to better use, toward doing Good Work, to further my own education. It wasn’t going to be financially possible to quit my job (someone had to pay that mortgage), so the online program at


Cheers, Graduates!

Congratulations to our newest MA in Sustainable Design alumni. We are very proud of your innovative work and look forward to seeing what sustainability-focused projects your future holds. Cheers! Jana Baecker’s thesis was titled, A Sustainable Diaper Service. (Advisor: Holly Robbins). Jana was the recipient of the 2017-18 MASD Van Derlip Award. Megan Beierle’s thesis


Katerva Award: SHE28 Wins!

I had the distinct honor and pleasure of serving as a judge on the Impact Panel for the Katerva Award, dubbed by Reuters as “The Nobel Prize for Sustainability.” I’m delighted to announce that Sustainable Health Enterprises (SHE28) is the 2017 Grand Prize winner for the 2017 Katerva Awards. Congratulations, SHE28! SHE28 is a wonderful example

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