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Leading Change for Social Impact: by Mariana Amatullo

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Leading Change for Social Impact: Case Studies from Designmatters
A Talk by Mariana Amatullo from Designmatters, Art Center College of Design

Mariana Amatullo, director of the Designmatters department at Art Center, will be giving a presentation about design and its agency in the humanitarian sphere. The presentation will cover a brief overview of Designmatters, Art Center’s social impact department, and focus on a portfolio of student projects with NGOs and international development agencies that stand at the intersection of social innovation, community activism, and design. The talk will also offer a healthy dose of advice about the challenges and rewards of participating in this dynamic and expanding field of design for social change. Designmatters has partnered and collaborated with organizations such as The World Bank, the World Heath Organization (WHO), UNESCO, UNICEF, and the American Cancer Society, to name only a few.

Mariana Amatullo directs and founded the college-wide initiative Designmatters at Art Center College of Design, based in Pasadena California ( in 2001. Through her leadership, Art Center is the first design institution to be affiliated as a non-governmental organization with several United Nations agencies and development organizations. The award-winning and tangible outcomes of the Designmatters portfolio unite educational objectives with advocacy and social innovation outcomes that are disseminated globally by Designmatters partners. Mariana was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina; she holds an M.A. in Art History and Museum Studies from the University of Southern California and a Licence en Lettres Degree from the Sorbonne University, Paris.

Wed May 12th 6pm Bark Room SJDC, 2 West 13th Street.

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