These interactive events expose the next generation of creative youth, ages 11-15 to design careers with learning activities led by local design professionals. Attendees will expand their creativity by participating in sessions about graphic design, web design, architecture, photography, illustration, and design thinking. Spark216 also offers parents an info session to learn more about careers in design and their impact on the workforce in the 21st century.
The Creative Control Fest Edition
This third edition of Spark216 partnered with the Creative Control Fest (CCF) in Columbus, Ohio to expose youth, ages 7-15, to the power of design. Youth attendees focused on prototyping solutions for physical and emotional safety. They were introduced to the fuzzy front end of design, empathy maps and the design thinking process. Below are photographs of the workshop.
The Creative Control Fest Edition Wrap Up Video
The Summer Edition at Cleveland State University
Jacinda Walker, designExplorr
Jacinda Walker is the founder of designExplorr, an organization that celebrates design learning by creating opportunities that expose Black and Latino youth to design. She also serves as ExOfficio Chair of AIGA’s Diversity & Inclusion Task Force. Walker has over 20 years of industry experience as a designer, entrepreneur and instructor. Jacinda earned her BFA in graphic design from the University of Akron and a MFA in Design Research & Development with a minor in Nonprofit Studies from The Ohio State University. Her future goals include working with organizations to establish design education initiatives and develop design programs for underrepresented youth.
Jamal Collins, Jayworking
Jamal Collins is a Visual Design Consultant who teaches at risk youth graphic design throughout the inner city of Cleveland, Ohio. Jamal provides these youth with the beneficial resources to develop the necessary skills that will introduce them into the creative field. He provides a solid visual educational experience by guiding youth in developing the capacity for challenging their sense of imagery and creativity, systemic critical thinking, and preparing them for client-based practices. They explore the latest design technology such as Adobe Creative Cloud, photography, and video editing. They also learn about social awareness, marketing, branding, and promotions.
Jermel Wilkerson, JwilkSr
Jermel Wilkerson Sr. is a web & visual designer from Twinsburg Ohio. He has worked in the digital and web industry for over 20 years, creating digital strategies and experiences for brands and organizations. Jermel’s passion for design and desire to make an impact on creative youth is fulfilled through his design mentoring. The success of the mentoring is credited to the emphasis on parent engagement; providing tools, resources, and ways for parents to invest in their children’s passion for art & design.
Robert Gatewood, Full Spectrum Gamerhaven
Robert Gatewood is founder of Master Collective, a Creative Services company with a focus on hyper-local entrepreneurs and nonprofits. Based in his neighborhood of Collinwood in Cleveland, Ohio, the company works as a collaborative, allowing creators to pool resources and contacts to streamline the processes of their work. Freeing creatives by managing shared business functions empowers more people and accelerates neighborhoods' development, a critical mission of Master Collective's. Robert serves as Marketing Chair and Secretary for Northeast Shores Development Corporation, the Community Development Corporation in Collinwood. He teaches workshops to students on Graphic Design and other creative avenues.
The Design Edition
Parent Information Sessions
These con-current sessions will repeat through the entire event and include important topics such as understanding design disciplines, career & salary projections, and handouts with local resources for parents with creative youth to learn about the design profession and design careers.