San Francisco art students to offer free design
By Adam Martin, Bay City News Service
February 26, 2006
SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) - San Francisco art students who need
thicker portfolios and Bay Area nonprofit groups that need new
graphics, Web sites and marketing pieces have developed a symbiotic
Local nonprofit groups can submit applications to design classes
at the Art Institute of California at San Francisco for pro bono
work to be done by the students. Design services will be provided
for free, and the students will receive credit for their work.
The clients and services are coordinated through the institute's
Community Arts Resource Exchange Program (CARE).
Institute spokeswoman Gigi Gallinger-Dennis said students have
worked on projects as a whole class or individually for extra
credit. They have recently done animation work for the Bay Area
Wildlife Refuge, as well as a series of San Francisco Municipal
Railway posters advertising the Heart of the City farmers' market.
"They had a great learning experience not only working for
a client but working for somebody who doesn't really know what
they want or how to communicate it,'' Gallinger-Dennis said of
the farmers' market campaign.
"The students had to be almost omniscient at times.'' Gallinger
Dennis said the program helps students not only gain profile examples,
but also gives them necessary experience dealing with clients.
"It's such a different type of work. So many of their projects
are solitary. When they have to deal with doing something for
someone else it's a different level of thinking,'' she said. Nonprofit
groups can apply for service by filling out a CARE project request
form, available at http://www.aicasf.aii.edu/news.asp.
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