Cut & Paste podcast: Antionette Carroll on how designers can solve social problems
St. Louis designer Antionette Carroll doesn’t know what might resolve thorny and multi-faceted problems like racism, stereotypical thinking and gentrification. But she thinks design professionals — and others like you and me — might have bits and pieces of solutions within ourselves.
Carroll launched a nonprofit called Creative Reaction Lab after Michael Brown was shot and killed by a Ferguson police officer. She wanted to challenge creative thinkers to address institutionalized inequality and other social issues.
In our Cut & Paste podcast, she tells us her idea has given birth to a card game about what police protection should look like, a chalk project challenging stereotypes and a match-up system for volunteers.
Here’s some of what you’ll hear in the podcast:
- Carroll, on how our living/working environment is all part of a plan. “Even the way we walk around on the streets and the room has been designed.” Tweet #cutpastestl
- Her advice to designers about pro bono work: “You don’t just have to create a logo. You can create a movement.” Tweet #cutpastestl
- On why she has protesters talk with designers: “Because they’re the true experts. They are the ones that say, ‘This is what I’m living.’” Tweet #cutpastestl
Look for new Cut & Paste (#cutpastestl) podcasts every few weeks on our website. You can also view all previous podcasts, which focus on a diverse collection of visual and performing artists, and subscribe to Cut & Paste through this link.
Please help St. Louis Public Radio find artists to feature on Cut & Paste. Tell us which artists and cultural themes deserve a closer look.