As a design team (several of my peers and I), were approached by TASC (Teen Action & Support Center) located in Springdale, AR. Wanting to revitalize their community and particularly reach out to teens, they decided to host a community block party. Having the event be inclusive to all ages it was vital that it be a place where the community could gather, get to know one another while having a great time! This area is mostly populated by people who are Marshallese and Latinx, gave us extra pressure as human-centered designers to be inclusive and sensitive to people with diverse backgrounds throughout our designs. Especially when designing content such as signs, flyers, social media graphics, and language. As well as the activities we were in charge of. They needed to be fun, engaging, clearly understood, and in turn, give us information about the community we were serving. This would help TASC better connect with their community and improve on future block parties.
It was definitely a challenge to expand beyond our own knowledge/experiences and what we were comfortable with. Overall the event had a great turnout for being the very first one. One observation was that the activities we had weren't home runs with teens and were dominated by the younger crowd. Though, it was amazing to see the participation of the community. This first block party was a great stepping block and foot in the door to be able to gather more community participation for the next one. Moving closer to designing with, so it can truly be their own.