Video: Designing for Democracy, a collaborative project between Emily Carr University of Art + Design and Elections BC
VANCOUVER, Nov. 15, 2012 /CNW/ - Elections BC and Emily Carr University
of Art + Design have come together to engage British Columbia's youth
in voter registration, the importance of voting, and democratic
An Elections BC pilot project to reach out to BC's creative community
has resulted in a special topics course created through Emily Carr's
Faculty of Culture + Community, 'Designing for Democracy', taught by
Chris Hethrington, Assistant Professor who has been working with
nineteen students of varied disciplines since September to provide
Elections BC with a multi-faceted program in advance of the May 2013
Elections BC approached Emily Carr early in July with a proposal to
engage youth in preparation of developing a public awareness campaign
for the scheduled May 2013 General Election.
"We're interested in improving the overall quality of the voters list in
BC, and particularly among 18 to 24 year olds," notes Chief Electoral
Officer Keith Archer. "We are now developing promotional materials to
assist in our voter registration drive that will take place during
March 6 to 23, 2013. Creative youth working to engage their peers is a
logical path to building awareness about the upcoming election and the
opportunities to participate."
"The project, Designing for Democracy is a perfect example of a
partnership that speaks to Emily Carr's values of community engagement
and social responsibility," says Susan Stewart, Dean, Faculty of
Culture + Community. "Engaging youth to vote is a real world issue that
both faculty and students were eager to take on. We welcome the
opportunity to work with innovative community partners, such as
Elections BC in such a meaningful and beneficial way."
Following a review, Elections BC will look to integrate the group
project concepts and materials into its public awareness campaign
around early spring enumeration activities and in a lead up to the May
14, 2013 General Election.
Elections BC is a non-partisan Office of the Legislature responsible for
the administration of the Election Act, Recall and Initiative Act, and conduct of referenda under the Referendum Act.
Emily Carr University of Art + Design, established in 1925, is a world
leader in education and research. Encouraging experimentation at the
intersection of art, design, media and technology, our learning
community merges research, critical theory and studio practice in an
interdisciplinary environment. Alumni and faculty are internationally
recognized as award-winning creators and thought leaders who have
enormous impact on both the cultural sector and economy. We engage
students, industry, and society to continuously explore and think
differently about creativity and how it shapes our world. Find out
more at ecuad.ca.
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