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In 2020 under represented communities of women, LBGTQ+, LatinX, Black, Indigenous, Asian and Disabled humans only hold 6.7% of leadership positions in all design fields. Whether it is in Architecture, Interior Design, Industrial, Graphic, Interface, User Experience, Urban Planning, Fashion and Product Design the under representation in those fields has become a systemic barrier from inside and outside of under represented communities. In historically underinvested communities, “design” and “creative” as we know it are often misunderstood, undervalued and seen as a risky low income career. This is because the term — design used to be referred to as commercial art, which is viewed as a hobby, tied to narratives of the starving artists and not a value to traditional businesses. Exacerbating the problem, current education systems in K-12 that are funded, treat design, craft and creative as elective classes without a proper grading system.
For aspiring creators, designers and inventors who don’t have visible role models, supporters at home, in their classrooms or in their communities, all too often their parents and guardians do not understand design or the arts as a career choice and view the cost of the education far too risky for their families long term investment. The lack of role models and true narratives that demonstrate that design as a career that pays above average salaries acts as a blockade to design education and rewarding, above average income careers in design.
The intent of this studio production is designed to celebrate, secure and share the legacy of women, LBGTQ+, LatinX, Black, Indigenous, Asian and Disabled Creators, Makers, Inventors and Designers by creating entertainment and media that discovers and uncovers narratives that bring forward the legitimate power and impact audacious humans have on their communities, business and the planet.
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