Ai Colorado Design Slam
On Friday, October 27, 2017, 35 high school kids from local “Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver” came to The Art Institute of Colorado campus to participate in several Design Slam Challenges and introduce them to the degree program and career options in the fields of Applied Arts. Once the members of the Cope and Denver Broncos Branches arrived, the event kicked off with a Tour of the campus led by four of our campus Peer Mentors. From there, the students were split into five teams and paired with more Ai Colorado students and Alumni from various degree programs to participate in two Design Slam Rounds based upon a fictional Movie theme “Nacho Man vs. the Evil Guacamole”. Each round was judged by Ed Popovitz, Ellen and Don Long, two current and one retired Ai Colorado Instructors.
In “Round 1” the teams were tasked to prepare a Movie Premier Poster, a Social Media Post, and Red-Carpet Layout. “Round 2” focused on the after Party where participants designed cakes, costumes and themed toys based on the movie. While completing both rounds of Slam, the teams touched on the following careers: Graphic Design, Media Arts, Interior Design, Marketing and Advertising, Culinary, Design and Technical Graphics and Fashion. Gabe Medina from the Campus Admissions department addressed the participants with a “College Bound Talk” and the Program Chairs at the Campus delivered a panel and Q/A session to discuss the various Programs offered at Ai Colorado. Rich Barrows, Boy’s and Girl’s Club Denver Broncos Branch Director said, “I enjoyed the way the club members weren’t just shown the school and told about things”. He felt this event was most impactful because the kids could actually do something hands on. NaShara Ellerbee, 11-year-old club member, said “she is thinking about a future in Fashion Design because of what saw and got to do during the slam”. In all, 30 Ai Colorado Campus members volunteered for the event and made an impact on these 35 potential students.