January 30, 2012
Art and design students at Millersville won four of six awards at the Design for Development competition, held in Washington, D.C., on October 31. This nationwide competition, which was sponsored by the Roots for Development Project, an organization that helps impoverished communities in Haiti obtain resources to manage their own development, received more than 100 applicants.
Art and design student competition winners
Millersville University juniors Rachael Pearson and Lauren Ricapito took first and second place respectively in the student category and senior Erin Good and sophomore Brianna Piccari received first and second place respectively in the Pep La award category, which is Haitian Creole for “the people.” First place winners received a $1,000 cash prize; second place winners received $500. Winners for the Pep La award were chosen by a Facebook voting competition held prior to the event.
Nancy Mata, art and design, asked 22 students in her illustration course to create designs to submit to the competition that reflected Roots’ mission. The six winning designs will be printed on eco-friendly tote bags and sold at Whole Food stores throughout the Washington, D.C., area, as well as online, at Roots of Development website, for $20. Roots will donate proceeds from bag sales to Haiti.
The four designs created by Millersville students varied with bright and dark colors, helping hands, unique stenciling and phrases written in Haitian.
The Roots of Development Project promotes a different approach to rural development by facilitating a process in which they listen to assorted community voices, build on the natural strength of each and entire community-driven projects that lead to a more sustainable future.
For more information on the competition, visit Roots of Development website.
Article Source: Millersville University Exchange Dec. 21, 2011