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As the Tulane School of Architecture’s community design center, Small Center brings together creative makers and doers working for a better city. We advance community-driven ideas through collaboration, design education and scrappy problem-solving.
We work with a variety of nonprofit organizations and community groups to provide design services to communities who are consistently underserved by our field.
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September 18, 2017
We are excited to announce that Rashidah Williams will be joining our team as the new Assistant Director.
An architect, urban planner, and graphic designer, Rashidah comes to Small Center with a keen sense of how design can serve as a catalyst for systemic change in the built environment. As the owner and principal of the graphic design firm, Rashidah Williams Design LLC, Rashidah has cross-disciplinary experience in leading community engaged projects for nonprofits, local government, and private companies.
Born and raised in New Orleans, Rashidah has always been passionate about the transformation of underserved communities and the evolution of their residents. A graduate of Benjamin Franklin High School, Rashidah holds a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from Howard University and a Master’s degree in Urban Planning from the University of Miami. As a community advocate, Rashidah has served on the boards of the Urban Conservancy and the Community Engagement Team for the Greater New Orleans Housing Alliance.
In her role as Assistant Director, Rashidah will oversee staff in the daily operations of Small Center, including identifying and pursuing funding, managing all active budgets, grantwriting, and maintaining donor and foundation relationships with local and national funders.
We look forward to introducing Rashidah to our collaborators, faculty, and students starting this fall!Read more
September 13, 2017
Small Center’s fall exhibit, Sites of Resistance: An Exhibit Exploring Geographies + Histories of Social Change in New Orleans, opened yesterday night, with over 100 visitors in attendance.
Bill Quigley, professor of law and Director of the Law Clinic and the Gillis Long Poverty Law Center at Loyola University, facilitated a lively discussion of current and past resistance movements in New Orleans.
Sites of Resistance works to reframe a dominant narrative that has obscured New Orleans’ historical role as a site of intense organizing, legal strategy, labor struggle, and civil rights activism. By elevating lineages and spaces of dissent and marginalized stories of inter-racial collaboration, as well as histories of direct conflict and challenge in contested spaces, we hope to reconnect our audience with the possibilities for making change that have been erased from our civic framework.
Curated by our Public Programs Manager, Sue Mobley, this exhibit is made possible through the generous support of the Surdna Foundation.
August 22, 2017
On Monday, Small Center co-hosted with the Greater New Orleans Housing Alliance August’s Red Beans Roundtable. Kelsey Foster, Campaign Director of Committee for a Better New Orleans; Andreanecia M. Morris, Executive Director of HousingNOLA; and Andy Kopplin, CEO of the Greater New Orleans Foundation broke down the current city budget for participants and explained how affordable housing fits into the budget.
Red Beans Roundtables are organized by Small Center’s Public Programs Manager, Sue Mobley, and are made possible through the generous support of the Surdna Foundation.Read more