Public Interest Design and Education
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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October 13, 2017
Award-winning artist, educator, and writer, Jer Thorp, shared the process, challenges, and rewards of creating the St. Louis Map Room, a community space for exploring and creating interpretative maps that reflect the personal stories and lived experiences of the people of St. Louis.
This talk is associated with Small Center’s Fall 2017 exhibit, Sites of Resistance: An Exhibit Exploring the Geographies + Histories of Social Change in New Orleans, which will be on view in our storefront until February 2018. Visiting hours are 9 am – 5 pm, Monday – Friday. Free and open to the public.Read more
October 11, 2017
On Monday, four veteran organizers in New Orleans – Nia Weeks, Director of Policy and Advocacy for Women With A Vision; Ashley Shelton, Executive Director of Power Coalition; Lynda Woolard, Board President of Independent Women’s Organization; and Julie Schwam Harris, President of the Legislative Agenda for Women – discussed their unique journeys into political organizing, examined their methods for building people power, and shared strategies for long-term self-care. The panel is a part of the ongoing event series associated with our Fall Exhibit, Sites of Resistance: An Exhibit Exploring the Histories + Geographies of Social Change in New Orleans.Read more
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.
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. Read more