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 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
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. Read more