Cory Castillon – Creative Director
I was inspired by the notion of STEAM which was presented in a class I took a while back based on web design. We worked as a group to build websites with code to highlight the importance of adding art and design to the standard educational model known as STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.) As an artist, I see the importance of infusing every field of study with creativity so this really resonated with me and I wanted to find a way to share it with others while getting Peninsula College onboard as well.
Process (How did it change and why?) –
Initially I had aimed to host the event in a community setting as opposed to on campus. Due to budget constraints, I opted to host the event in the PUB to compensate for any hiccups in the operation of the pilot pop up. I also modified the menu.
Challenges (How did you deal with them?) –
My biggest challenge was getting approval for funding. Not only did I have to develop a template budget for future events to be held in community venues, but I also had to make the pitch to the ASC (Associated Student Council) who all loved the idea but the devil was in the details amongst a slashed budget. Through direct negotiation with local businesses I could reduce the cost of food from an estimate given by the school of over $200 for 75 sandwich wraps to a whopping $75 for 100 high quality sliders with a variety of meats cheeses and sauces as well as hand-crafted bread courtesy of Bell Street Bakery located in Sequim, WA.
Goals (How well did you achieve them?) –
My goal was to bring artists of all discipline together and provide them with agency over their careers. I wanted to give them the platform to show and sell their work while highlighting the importance of art in all educational fields. We’re all artists in our own right and I wanted the students to know what they do is art worthy of monetization and appreciation. I also wanted the College to find a path for streamlining artists into their careers by offering their work to the community. Another major goal was boosting local business and infusing them with the pop up spirit. I believe I’ve accomplished all my goals with this project besides one. I really wanted to see the event thrive within the local community. Thankfully, everyone I spoke to thought there should be another pop up after this. I look forward to seeing where it will be held. My personal goal, is to be able to use this template to help inmates get their artwork out into the community and I firmly believe it’s within reach. Especially after presenting the idea to Ray Pulsipher (an educator who works with the game design program at Clallam Bay Correctional Center) and receiving extremely positive feedback. It’ll take some string pulling but it WILL happen.
Most important lessons learned? –
The most important lesson I took from this project is to think big. The only thing that limits potential is lack of imagination. Big dreams create big things. I also learned how big of an impact I can make with a few words of encouragement. People like being part of a project with a vision.
What would you do differently if given the opportunity? –
If given the opportunity I would have presented this project to the students of Clallam Bay and allowed them to participate. It may take time but I won’t give up. I’d like to do this as a personal project in the future. I’d also emphasize the importance of instructors in this project to help find artists. It would have been wise to secure the artists sooner but it all worked out none the less.
What ideas would you like to explore further? –
Like I said, I’d like to explore the possibility of presenting the work of student inmates to the community in a similar format. They need the opportunity as much as the world needs their art.
How does your project contribute to the body of knowledge of one or more academic disciplines? –
I believe the business and marketing departments can take a lot from the knowledge gained in this project. Art is big business and the business students would benefit greatly by learning to work with artists symbiotically to create opportunities and maximize profit potential.
Reflect on your experience in the honors program (What value did you find in the experience and how will it contribute to your future learning formal/informal?) –
I gained so much confidence from this project. It really showed me that true power of potential lies in acting with purpose, without hesitation or arbitrary timelines. It also showed me how to create a cohesive collaborative effort, organize an event, and work for something greater than myself. I learned how to balance “The needs of the many” with the strength of the individual thanks to the teachings of Professor Brock.