Colour creativity and social change

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Image Copyright: Ruth Lande Shuman and Publicolor. Used with permission.

Where we live and move and can be affected by the colour we explicitly see right in front of us, and the colour that blends into the background. Consider how vibrant colours affect people's mood, outlook and daily approach in a school, office or housing development. The research is pretty clear. Colour makes a difference. Think about creativity, collaboration, design and how they can have an impact.

Ruth Lande Shuman and Face2Face host David Peck talk about Publicolor, creativity and change, your inner artists, the deprivation of colour, empowerment and Pepto Bismol pink and the gap that exists within education.

About Ruth Lande Shuman:

A dynamic and passionate innovator, Ruth Lande Shuman is an award-winning industrial designer deeply committed to using design to address two of the root causes of poverty -- the under-education of our youth and their lack of job preparedness.

A pioneer in using design to engage disaffected youth in their education, Shuman set her sights on improving the lives of neglected New York City public school students, their teachers, families and communities. Alarmed by low test scores and high drop-out rates and appalled by the dreary and often prison-like facilities that operate as our middle and high schools, Shuman hit on the deceptively simple --yet incredibly successful -- idea that one can fundamentally improve students' attitudes and engagement by improving their learning environments.

In 1996, Ruth Lande Shuman founded the not-for-profit organization Publicolor to use color, collaboration, design, and the discipline of the commercial painting to engage at-risk students in their education, targeting the most underserved communities, most underperforming schools and most seriously disadvantaged middle and high school students. She quickly realized that lasting change requires an intensive and long-term commitment. As a result, she created COLOR Club, Next Steps, and Summer Design Studio to ensure that students are with us a minimum of 3 days a week for 4-6 years before college, and then all through college. She is very proud that out of a full and part-time staff of 41, 14 are Publicolor graduates.​

Image Copyright: Ruth Lande Shuman and Publicolor. Used with permission.

F2F Music and Image Copyright: David Peck and Face2Face. 

For more information about David Peck’s podcasting, writing and public speaking please visit his site here.

With thanks to Josh Snethlage and Mixed Media Sound.

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