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Calling nonprofits: Studio C incubator accepting apps now through Feb. 20

Members of ArtWorks participated in Studio C's program last year. They wanted to explore how art can help the community understand what mental health means.


For nonprofits interested in better serving others via creative means — specifically for those aiming to address issues of poverty from a family-centered approach — Studio C is accepting applications now through Feb. 20.
 
Studio C is a 12-week project incubator for nonprofits and community organizations that are looking to “spend more time than usual getting acquainted with a problem, studying it and checking it with the community,” says Design Impact’s Sarah Corlett, who is a co-facilitator for the program.

Check out the takeaways of some of Studio C's past participants below:


 
For Mike Baker, United Way’s director of community impact, it’s a way for organizations to pair up with others who approach problems differently and ultimately find a way to move their ideas forward.
 
“The impact we are most proud of is when we see organizations shift their culture to be more human-centered,” Baker says. “They change from approaching opportunities with a mindset of ‘What do we know?’ to a mindset of ‘What can we learn?’”
 
United Way, which is funding the initiative, partnered with Design Impact — they're providing the curriculum for the 12 weeks of discussions, workshops, coaching and hands-on activities.
 
“We believe there are unproven — but potentially transformational ideas — and we have a responsibility for supporting the creation, development and implementation of these ideas,” Baker says. “We are particularly interested in the role that human-centered design can play in helping nonprofits and community organizations more intimately understand the aspirations, strengths and challenges of the people they are trying to help.”

Do Good: 

•    Are you a nonprofit interested in a family-centered approach to alleviating poverty? If so, apply for Studio C's spring session by Feb. 20. 

•    Curious about the Studio C curriculum? Learn more here.

•    Questions or comments? Don't hesitate to reach out to share your ideas or concerns. Contact those who are part of Studio C today. 
 

Read more articles by Brittany York.

Brittany York is a professor of English composition at both the University of Cincinnati and Xavier University. She serves as project manager for Charitable Words and edits the For Good section of Soapbox Media. 
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