RISD Public Engagement seeks to expand opportunities for
students and faculty to engage in art
and design as forces for social change through research, service
initiatives, projects and programs in the public realm.
Sectors of focus
include urban/environmental sustainability, wellness/public health and
community-based art and design education, which also connect to research
interests and priorities at RISD. The
goal of Public Engagement is to support faculty, students and alumni in
their efforts to connect art and design research and scholarship with the
public sphere – locally and globally.
RISD continues to develop its role as a site of responsible
innovation and ethical engagement by fostering academic and curricular
opportunities (travel and on-site courses, lectures, symposia and partnered
studios with nonprofit organizations), co-curricular public service and
volunteer opportunities, and extracurricular pathways for community service,
projects and partnerships..
RISD Public Engagement is directed by the Associate Provost
and guided by a Public Engagement Action Group comprised of faculty,
students and staff from Student
Affairs, the Office
of International Programs, the Career Center, the RISD Museum of
Open Door, Rhode
Island Campus Compact, VISTA workers and undergraduate and graduate student
representatives. A Community Service Coordinator and a Public Engagement
Post-Graduate Fellow were recently added to RISD’s Public Engagement staff.
The staff also works closely with student organizations,
including the Student
Alliance and Graduate
Additionally, in order to connect its work within an
expansive national dialogue on public and civic engagement RISD has established
an institutional membership in Imagining America: Artists and Scholars in Public Life, a national consortium of colleges and universities
committed to public scholarship and practice integrating the humanities, arts
Public Engagement website
Public Engagement website:
Visit publicengage.risd.edu to learn about the departments and organizations currently engaging in socially minded projects in the community.
Dean of Graduate Studies + Research