Awarded Fellowships

2019
2018
2017
2016
2015
2014
2019

Community Photo Album: Encouraging Civic Activism Through Shared Histories

Community Photo Album: Encouraging Civic Activism Through Shared Histories
This research and exhibition of the community surrounding Sara D Roosevelt Park in the Lower East Side of Manhattan seeks to inspire community engagement in the reclamation of an underutilized parks building. An exhibition of archival images–from the NYC Parks Department to family albums–will bring together current and past residents of the community to share their histories and connections to the neighborhoods served by the park since its opening in 1934. The goal of this exhibition is to inspire community activism by strengthening connections to shared stories, histories, and sustainable futures to raise awareness of the potentials of underutilized sites to provide spaces, services, and programs that the community urgently needs.
Fellows:
Keena Suh
Associate Professor - Interior Design
Karyn Zieve
Adjunct Assistant Professor History of Art and Design
Seokyoung Jung
Undergraduate Interior Design
2019

Protecting Community Gardens

Protecting Community Gardens
Seemingly unfettered real estate development threatens the very precious sustainability and resiliency of our coastal city. The community-based environmental resources of our city's Community Gardens hold the key(s) to ensuring our municipal capacity to mitigate the impacts of climate change and extreme weather events such as Super Storm Sandy. Our project entails mobilizing community-based advocacy and organizing efforts focused on securing regulatory protections for improving the land tenure of Community Gardens / Community Farms.
Fellows:
Raymond Figueroa
Visiting Instructor - Graduate Center for Planning
Samuel Pressman
Graduate Student - Sustainable Environmental Systems
Community Partner: Nos Quedamos
2019

Climate Resilience Leadership Lab

Climate Resilience Leadership Lab
The Climate Resilience Leadership Lab aims to support young people in East Harlem to build awareness about climate change and their community, make their voices heard through advocacy in the civic realm, and take real action through pilot projects. In 2018 and 2019, Pratt faculty and students from the School of Architecture Graduate Center for Planning and the Environment will work with DREAM Charter School in East Harlem to collaborate on a pilot project with a group of high school students and a public housing tenants association. The project will create an emergency preparedness guidebook for public housing residents and provide information about climate change risks and resources to make the community more resilient.
Fellows:
Michael Haggerty
Visiting Assistant Professor - Architecture
Samuel Pressman
Graduate Student - Sustainable Environmental Systems
Community Partner: DREAM Charter School
2019

A Food Buying Club for East New York

A Food Buying Club for East New York
Building on a capstone research project in the Arts and Cultural Management program, the team will further engage with the East New York community to develop community driven food buying club that provides year-round access to affordable, fresh food. The project encompasses the exploration of location options and location partners for regular deliveries, the co-creation of the logistics and the design of the communication system among food buying club members.
Fellows:
Pirco Wolframm
Assistant Chairperson - Communications Design
Ava Wang
Undergraduate Communications Design
Stephanie Høholt-Pajuelo
Graduate Student - Communications Design
Tara Nasr
Graduate Student - Communications Design
Community Partner: East New York Farms!
2019

Not Yet

Not Yet
NOT YET explores the inherent community work in artmaking through intentional, accessible creative spaces in New York City. Their programming is curated by women, queer people, and people of color. They offer not only material resources for community health & wellness and political engagement projects, but also intentional fellowship and partnerships that lay the groundwork for the future. Not Yet is a breathing example of how it’s possible to make art and build community at the same time. Follow the project at www.notyetseries.com.​
Fellows:
Paige Polk
Graduate Student - Media Studies
Elizabeth Olguin
Graduate Student - Media Studies
Jayna Brown
Professor - Humanities & Media Studies
Community Partner: New Women's Space
2019

As Told

As Told
As Told is an oral histories project aimed at recording and publishing the stories of Clinton Hill- and Fort Greene-area senior citizens in Brooklyn, NY. In light of social and economic transformations in Brooklyn and specifically these neighborhoods, we believe it is valuable to document the history of our community's oldest residents by gaining knowledge of their daily lives and their journeys. As Told creates a forum for those who have persevered through many waves of change to share their experiences while finding ways to honor and learn from their wisdom.
Fellows:
Luke Dengan
Senior Web Content Manager
Maria Baker
Visiting Instructor - Pratt Integrative Courses (PIC)
Samuel Herrera
Undergraduate Photography
2019

Environmental Art Therapy

Environmental Art Therapy
The League School is a school/day treatment combination that provides clinical and educational services to children and adolescents with significant and frequently severe developmental and psychological disabilities. Individual and group art therapy sessions in relationship to the outdoor environment will be conducted twice a week as a part of the clinical and creative arts therapy services currently offered at League School. Environmental Art Therapy – which provides an invaluable nature-based venue for creative generation and allows for a deeper and more expansive awareness of self and other - is becoming increasingly prevalent, and we believe firmly that adopting this practice at the League School in conjunction with Smile Farms Inc., an on-site horticulture program, will support these young people in profound ways while also furthering the emergence of the field of Environmental Art Therapy.
Fellows:
Jean Davis
Associate Professor - Creative Arts Therapy
Ashley Breton
Graduate Student - Creative Arts Therapy
Allyson Parrish
Graduate Student - Creative Arts Therapy
Lindsey Gamble
Graduate Student - Creative Arts Therapy
2018

A Landfill for New York

A Landfill for New York
Today, Edgemere landfill in the Rockaways, Queens is capped and is at the end of remediation process that converted the former municipal dump into a spectacular, and yet unused, 173-acre site offering views of Jamaica Bay and the Manhattan skyline. Landfill for New York project aims to bring local residents together with a diverse group of experts and artists to understand and imagine the potential of this land.
Fellows:
Elliott Maltby
Adjunct Associate Professor - Graduate Architecture & Urban Design
Simon Kates
Visiting Assistant Professor - Grad Center for Planning
Martha Wilson
Visiting Associate Professor - History of Art and Design
Community Partner: Rockaway Waterfront Alliance
2018

Productive Collisions

Productive Collisions
PRODUCTIVE COLLISIONS is a project about imagining more equitable pathways to opportunity in the Bedford-Stuyvesant community. This project will create temporal and transformable structures in public spaces to connect the Vernon Avenue Project/Reconnect community partner with the community. The transformable structure will include space to encourage individual interactions and commercial exchanges.
Fellows:
Latoya Kamdang
Visiting Associate Professor - Interior Design
Community Partner: Vernon Avenue Project
2018

Garden Of Gems

Garden Of Gems
This project aims to build self confidence and economic empowerment in immigrant women with a history of Domestic Violence and/or Human Trafficking through art therapy jewelry making support groups. Through the groups the women can learn jewelry making skills, build a sense of community and a sense of accomplishment to develop their inner strength and voice. As an added benefit the selling of the jewelry online can provide the women with an additional income while also raising awareness of the atrocities of human trafficking and domestic violence in New York.
Fellows:
Dina Schapiro
Assistant Chairperson-Creative Arts Therapy, Adjunct Assistant Professor - Creative Arts Therapy
Community Partner: Garden of Hope
2018

Merchants Energy Opportunites Project

Merchants Energy Opportunites Project
This research and business engagement project will provide the Myrtle Avenue Revitalization Project (MARP) with a roadmap for pursuing cooperative energy purchasing as a means for small business to remain competitive and thrive along Myrtle Avenue’s commercial corridor.
Fellows:
Jen Becker
Visiting Assistant Professor - Grad Center for Planning
2018

A Strategic Plan for Vernon Avenue Project

A Strategic Plan for Vernon Avenue Project
The project aims to support the growing social entrepreneurial non-profit Reconnect Brooklyn in building their capacity to engage disconnected youth in Bedford Stuyvesant via their graphics and apparel businesses. The work will center around a strategic planning initiative and technical evaluation of their current practices and training.
Fellows:
Jack Travis
Adjunct Professor - Interior Design
Community Partner: Vernon Avenue Project
2018

Stories in Clay

Stories in Clay
Stories in Clay is a series of 15 claymaking workshops, led by both a ceramics major and an art education major at Pratt Institute. These workshops will also include storytelling, and these stories will be added to the oral histories that are already part of the Listening Bench, an interactive outdoor bench that plays back stories told by Gibb Mansion residents . By the end of the workshop period, approximately Spring 2018, we plan to design and publish a catalogue of the clay works and the stories. The catalogue/book will provide another piece of tangible history of a unique, yet fragile community.
Fellows:
Theodora Skipitares
Associate Professor - Art and Design Education
Community Partner: Impacct Brooklyn
2018

Designating Community Gardens

Designating Community Gardens
In light of the city's exposed built-environment vulnerabilities as a result of climate change-induced extreme weather events, the goal of this project is to promote green infrastructure-based community resilience and sustainability; and to do so, in part, by promoting the utilization of New York City’s best environmental assets – community gardens – which happen to be spatially concentrated within the city’s most socially marginalized communities’. The project seeks to demonstrate that a policy of preservation of community gardens and their concomitant ecosystem service contributions to the city is an extremely cost-effective resiliency and sustainability strategy.
Fellows:
Raymond Figueroa
Visiting Instructor - Grad Center for Planning
Community Partner: We Stay/Nos Quedamos Committee
2018

Landmark Pioneers in Addressing Community Concerns and Secondary Displacement in the Eis Process: Two Bridges/ Chinatown/ Lowe East Side

Landmark Pioneers in Addressing Community Concerns and Secondary Displacement in the Eis Process: Two Bridges/ Chinatown/ Lowe East Side
Thirty years ago, the Chinese Staff Workers Association successfully sued the City of New York for violating City Environmental Quality Review regulations, establishing that indirect displacement of residents and businesses was a necessary component of the review of any large-scale development. Today, the same neighborhood faces similar development and gentrification pressures that stand to displace residents, businesses, and culture, yet the city continues to calculate secondary displacement using assumptions based on New York’s housing market in 1986 and decision-makers lack complete information about the potential impact of new development. This project will provide technical assistance and support to a local tenant group that is fighting to preserve low-cost housing and diversity in one of Manhattan’s last remaining affordable neighborhoods.
Fellows:
Eve Baron
Chairperson, Center for Planning and the Environment - Grad Center for Planning
Eva Hanhardt
Visiting Assistant Professor - Grad Center for Planning
Mercedes Narciso
Adjunct Associate Professor - Grad Center for Planning
Ayse Yonder
Professor - Grad Center for Planning
Jamie Stein
Adjunct Associate Professor, Academic Coordinator - Grad Center for Planning
2018

Truthworker Theater Trilogy

Truthworker Theater Trilogy
Truthworker Theatre Company is a social justice based, hip-hop theatre company for high school and college aged youth in Brooklyn. Using theatre & media to examine history & learn about models for creating social change, we call upon poetry, dance, rap, step, & critical thinking skills as tools to develop solution driven communities.
Fellows:
Tracie Morris
Professor - Humanities & Media Studies
Community Partner: Truthworker Theatre Company
2017

Concrete Waves

Concrete Waves
This green infrastructure research project focuses on the development of a skate park that doubles as a storm water management system and creates an active space for youth in Red Hook.
Fellows:
Gita Nandan
Visiting Associate Professor - Grad Center for Planning
Community Partner: Red Hook Initiative
2017

Chipping Away at Poverty Through Community Design

Chipping Away at Poverty Through Community Design
This project aims to close-the-loop with the Park Slope Food Coop, the Park Slope Community Help, Inc. (CHiPS), and a community garden through designing a collection bin for compost. The goal is to establish a self-sustaining program that encourages the reduction of food waste through community design.​
Fellows:
Jennifer Telesca
Assistant Professor - Social Science & Cultural Studies
Community Partner: CHiPS
2017

Reducing Food Insecurity in Washington Heights

Reducing Food Insecurity in Washington Heights
This project aims to address food insecurity in Washington Heights through a mobile emergency food pantry. Using a design thinking methodology, the analysis of cultural and community needs will inform the design of the mobile pantry operations and how it can build discussion around community health and well-being.
Fellows:
Denise Tahara
Visiting Associate Professor - Design Management
Edwin Kuo
Visiting Associate Professor - Design Management
2017

Whose Streets?! Our Streets!

Whose Streets?! Our Streets!
This archival project will support the Bushwick community in the collective documentation of their own histories, and produce a digital platform to house these memories. It consists of a series of planning and skills workshops, followed by a series of oral history and archive sessions at community events.
Fellows:
Caitlin Cahill
Visiting Instructor - Art and Design Education
Chris Neville
Visiting Assistant Professor - Grad Center for Planning
Cynthia Tobar
Visiting Assistant Professor - School of Information
Community Partner: Make the Road NY (MTRNY)
2017

Bronx Outreach & Visioning

Bronx Outreach & Visioning
This project will work towards ensuring that any future development or proposed uses for available land are in line with the needs of the community. The goal is to assist the Youth Ministries for Peace and Justice with their community outreach and visioning process.
Fellows:
Jamie Stein
Adjunct Associate Professor, Academic Coordinator - Grad Center for Planning
2017

Urban Planning in 6-12th Grade

Urban Planning in 6-12th Grade
This project seeks to research and design a program to build partnerships between Pratt Institute's planning ,design, and technology programs and 6-12th grade schools in New York City to further equity and inclusion in Urban Planning and other innovation fields.
Fellows:
Aileen Wilson
Professor, Dice/Pratt Young Scholars Instructor, Director-Center for Art and Design and Community Engagement - Art and Design Education, K-12 Center
Community Partner: Various Schools throughout New York City
2016

Composting Youth Participation and Education Initiative

Composting Youth Participation and Education Initiative
This youth development project focuses on sustainability. It features Educational workshops on urban ecology, community gardening, composting, and design for a compost bin.
Fellows:
Emma Weiss
Graduate Student in Architecture
Mark Parsons
Director of Production & Technology & Executive Director Res, Adjunct Assistant Professor - Provost, Undergraduate Architecture
2016

Grey to Green

Grey to Green
This Green infrastructure project addresses combined sewer overflow into Newtown Creek. It identifies how much storm water capture is needed to stop a particular overflow into the Creek, and engages the local community to achieve this goal.
Fellows:
Josh Eichen
Visiting Assistant Professor - Grad Center for Planning
Community Partner: Newton Creek Alliance
2016

Photo Narratives for Change

Photo Narratives for Change
This participatory action research project engages low-income Bronx Community College students in documenting their communities through photography and narrative.
Fellows:
Svetlana Jovic
Visiting Instructor - Social Science & Cultural Studies
Community Partner: Bronx Community College
2016

Sustainability Indicators for Greenest Block in Brooklyn

Sustainability Indicators for Greenest Block in Brooklyn
This project evaluates the “Greenest Block in Brooklyn” initiative by creating a list of sustainability indicators to quantify the environmental impact of the program.
Fellows:
Ira Stern
Visiting Assistant Professor - Grad Center for Planning
2016

Listening Bench

Listening Bench
The Listening Bench project collects oral histories through workshops with Gibb Mansion residents. The oral histories are recorded and fragments are played on an interactive outdoor bench at the facility.
Fellows:
Theodora Skipitares
Associate Professor - Art and Design Education
2015

Infrastructure Improvements for Hattie Carthan Urban Farm

Infrastructure Improvements for Hattie Carthan Urban Farm
This project engages a community garden’s members in hands-on, minds-on activities by making tangible improvements that inspire future growth. The project worked to build herb garden retaining walls with mosaic, a solar water fountain, a wooden platform pagoda, and an encasement for the outhouse.
Fellows:
Kelly Horrigan
Adjunct Professor - CCE - Fashion Design
2015

Lowlands

Lowlands
This project is a collaboration to explore and define an “integrated, community based green infrastructure plan.” Its goals are: 1) to use green infrastructure as a vehicle for a more economically and ecologically resilient public housing population; 2) to address social justice issues in relation to access to quality public space, and 3) to engage local youth in the process of improving their environment, and 4 ) to design innovative, integrated stormwater management strategies.
Fellows:
Elliott Maltby
Adjunct Associate Professor - Graduate Architecture & Urban Design
Gita Nandan
Visiting Associate Professor - Grad Center for Planning
Community Partner: Red Hook Initiative​
2015

Suspending Injustice: Alternatives to Zero Tolerance

Suspending Injustice: Alternatives to Zero Tolerance
Through a participatory action research approach, this project aims to deepen and expand the understanding of the relationship between zero tolerance school policies and school culture. The project creates creative critical media products to reach a broad public audience (youth-produced documentary shorts, stickers, website, and other digital technology products) and a white paper for policy purposes.
Fellows:
Caitlin Cahill
Visiting Instructor - Art and Design Education
Community Partner: Make the Road NY
2015

Open Sewer Atlas NYC

Open Sewer Atlas NYC
The goal is to map out the full sewer system within the Newtown Creek, Tallman Island, Hunts Point, Jamaica Bay, and Red Hook water pollution control plan sewersheds. Doing so will produce an extensive visualization of CSO (Combined Sewer Overflow) problem areas and its contributing factors.
Fellows:
Josh Eichen
Visiting Assistant Professor - Grad Center for Planning
2015

Facilitating Food Waste Recycling and Reuse in Clinton Hill Fort Greene

Taconic fellow will design a food waste container for use by food-related businesses in MARP’s catchment area. She will also design a set of visual communication tools to serve as a public/educational campaign (for businesses and households alike) about the importance of recycling food waste.
Fellows:
Gita Nandan
Visiting Associate Professor - Grad Center for Planning
William Mangold
Adjunct Assistant Professor - Interior Design
2015

Furniture Partitions for Women for Afghan Women’s Community Center in Queens

Furniture Partitions for Women for Afghan Women’s Community Center in Queens
John Heida will work with Pratt students to design a series of movable partitions that dampen sound and contain fold-out tables and seats. The use of sustainable materials will be explored.
Fellows:
John Thomas Heida
Visiting Assistant Professor - Interior Design
2015

Raw Fiction

Raw Fiction
Four writers from Brooklyn between the ages of 16 and 20 will participate in workshops to produce a series of original written work that grapples with various themes related to community, socioeconomic equity, self-development, etc. The workshops will also teach these young people tools related to self-publishing and the work that goes into the production and promotion of writing/literature.
Fellows:
Christian Hawkey
Professor - Writing Department
Community Partner: Hetrick-Martin Institute
2015

Reactivating Public Spaces through Design

Reactivating Public Spaces through Design
Draw attention to the space and to create a visual language that can be used to create aesthetic/design cohesion between the various public spaces along Fulton Street in Clinton Hill by constructing and installing an art piece in Putnam Triangle. Project will create presentation materials to engage DOT and community groups in creating the cohesive design vision.
Fellows:
Mark Parsons
Director of Production & Technology & Executive Director Res, Adjunct Assistant Professor - Provost, Undergraduate Architecture
Community Partner: FAB Alliance​
2014

Coney Island Ferry Visioning Project

Coney Island Ferry Visioning Project
The project has engaged Coney Island Generation Gap and Friends of Kaiser Park in a community-based planning process to design and implement a ferry landing and park on the south shore of Coney Island Creek. By facilitating a visioning process to solicit local input about community needs, the project will seek to demonstrate a genuine community need for a ferry landing and new park. The project used an analytical lens of promoting local economic development in order to create lasting benefits and improve the quality of life in the neighborhood that surrounds it.
Fellows:
Stuart Pertz
Adjunct Associate Professor - Grad Center for Planning
Beth Bingham
Visiting Assistant Professor - Grad Center for Planning
Community Partner: Coney Island Generation Gap
2014

Bridging Gowanus

Bridging Gowanus
A graduate student and professor from Communications Design are working together to support a participatory planning process for the future of Brooklyn’s Gowanus neighborhood. Working for a client that comprises a group of local elected officials, they have created a visual brand for the initiative and designed and maintained an interactive website (www.bridginggowanus.org) for local stakeholders to track progress and weigh in on planning issues. These Taconic fellows are also creating visual tools for use in public meetings attended by a wide range of stakeholders and will apply their design expertise to the document that will describe the outcomes of the process.
Fellows:
David Frisco
Adjunct Professor - CCE - GR Communications/Package Des
2014

TRUE (Trans Urban Education) Project

TRUE (Trans Urban Education) Project
One professor from the Film/Video Department and one from the Photography Department are teaming up with four students – from various departments -- to create and implement an innovative after-school program that engages local youth in issues of youth empowerment, leadership, and community development. In conjunction with an established Brooklyn-based youth leadership program, these Taconic fellows will run workshops with middle and high school students and use video, collage, visual storytelling, and other media to explore themes related to urban health, environmental justice, and changing neighborhoods.
Fellows:
Sasha Summer
Adjunct Assistant Professor - Film and Video
Jim Costanzo
Adjunct Associate Professor - CCE - Fine Arts, Photography
Community Partner: Horizons Leadership Project
2014

Reclaim Works: Community-based Art & Design Education

Reclaim Works: Community-based Art & Design Education
This project builds on MARP’s ongoing efforts to re-imagine the underutilized and relatively dangerous and unwelcoming space under the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway as it runs through the Wallabout/Fort Greene neighborhood directly over Park Avenue. Through a semester-long after-school residency, Pratt students from diverse disciplines worked with students from four local middle schools, introducing them to art and design strategies that would support the middle school students’ envisioned improvement projects. The overall goal of the project was to redefine the way that youth participate as citizens and leaders in the design of their communities while addressing the most pressing challenges in the world around them. The project culminated with a final exhibition of the envisioned improvement projects at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.
Fellows:
Erika Schroeder
Assistant to the Chair - Graduate Architecture & Urban Design