September 24, 2013
H&S Classes Take Part in Park(ing) Day
: Integrated Studies students Mayme O'Toole (left, TH '17) from Sacremento and Brynn Farwell (AR'17) of Smartville, Calif. model recyclable fashions at the "Garb-Arts & Trafts Park". Photo by Mark Bocek.
: (Left to right) Freshmen Channing Moore (TH '17) from L.A., Emmeri Bock (AR'17) of Spokane, Paige McGaskey (DE '17) of Kirkland and Cole Holland (MU '17) of Edmunds enjoy a "Game of Life" at the "Lemonade Stand Park." . Photo by Mark Bocek.
: (Left to right) Rebecca Janecek (DE '17) from Lompoc, Calif., Cole Aaronso (TH '17) of Soldotna, Alaska and Emma Manlove (PP '17) at the "Museum Park". Photo by Mark Bocek.
: Katherine Wimette (DE '17) from Kennewick, Wash., and Derrick Lee (AR '17) of Mililani, Hawaii, at the "Where's Your Favorite Place in Seattle? Park". Photo by Mark Bocek.
: (Left to right) Eilena Sharpe (AR'17), H&S faculty member Carolyn Hall and Paige McGaskey are aided in the construction of "Lemonade Stand Park" by Cornish staffers Iris Calpo and Chris Williams. Sharpe comes to Cornish from Port Ludlow, Wash . Photo by Mark Bocek.
: Eilena Sharpe serves "straight up lemonade" to H&S faculty member Kim McKay at the "Lemonade Stand Park" . Photo by Mark Bocek.
: Eilena Sharpe (left) and Carly Lennstrom (DE'17) of Seattle serve fine, healthful beverages at the "Lemonade Stand Park" . Photo by Mark Bocek.
: Cornish sophomore Leah Webster (TH '16) gets royal with a recyclable crown at the "Garb-Arts & Trafts Park". Photo by Mark Bocek.
: Freshman Blake Huddleston (PP '17) of Dana Point, Calif. becomes human canvas at the "Garb-Arts & Trafts Park." The artists (left to right) include Erin Barnes (DE '17) of Tacoma, Lynn Le (DE '17) from Seattle, Esther Lee (DE '17, behind Huddleston) of Lakewood, Wash. and Melissa Jones (DE '17), from San Francisco. Photo by Mark Bocek.
Students from three Cornish Humanities & Sciences classes create temporary parks on Seattle streets running through campus.
On Friday, September 20, for six glorious hours, four brand-new parks appeared in Seattle, based in parking spaces on Lenora and Terry streets near the Cornish Main Campus Center. They were part of the annual celebration of Park(ing) Day. The two-parking-space-long installations were designed, built and manned by students from three Integrated Studies classes taught by humanities & sciences faculty members Kim MacKay, Tonya Matthews and Carolyn Hall.
“On September 13, the threes classes met together for the first time,” says MacKay. “Some initial brainstorming and preparation had taken place in the individual classrooms, but that Friday, the floodgates of idea-generation were opened, groups identified themselves, developed their focus/idea from the four ‘parks,’ and created work plans. … During the week leading up to [Park(ing) Day], students worked together and separately to prepare for the installation on that Friday … they brought it all together, taking shifts to set up, ‘run’ and dismantle the four ‘parks.’”
“PARK(ing) Day is a annual open-source global event where citizens, artists and activists collaborate to temporarily transform metered parking spaces into “PARK(ing)” spaces: temporary public places,” according the Rebar, the San Francisco design firm that is the caretaker of the international event.
“The mission of PARK(ing) Day is to call attention to the need for more urban open space,” continues Rebar, “to generate critical debate around how public space is created and allocated, and to improve the quality of urban human habitat … at least until the meter runs out!” In Seattle, the program is administered by the city department of transportation.
The four Cornish parks offered a variety of pleasures to passers-by. At the “Garb-Arts & Trafts Park,” just across from the MCC’s Lenora Street entrance, a couture-minded person could create recyclable fashions from shopping bags and decorate themselves — or be decorated — with non-toxic paints. Around the corner on Terry Street, visitors to the “What’s Your Favorite Place in Seattle? Park” became part of an interactive map by placing a paper heart on, well, their favorite places in Seattle. Up Terry towards the Centennial Labs, where student art studios are located, the “Museum Park” featured students posing in various tableaux vivantes with flowing fabric and various props. Rounding out the instant public spaces was the “Lemonade Stand Park,” which, not surprisingly, served free lemonade to the citizenry, and provided a shady fabric-covered nest in which to enjoy the drink. As an added extra, visitors to this last park found a board game, “Life,” ready for action.
“Why do this?” asks Kim MacKay, rhetorically of Cornish’s involvement in Park(ing) Day. “One of the goals — and part of the beauty — of Integrated Studies is that each section consists of students from multiple … Cornish departments and majors. Right off the bat, musicians are working with designers are working with dancers are working with fine artists are working with actors are working with folks from performance production, all sharing topics and focus, working together across disciplinary boundaries.”
Integrated Studies is the Humanities and Sciences Department’s foundation program for first-year students. This two-semester course provides entering students with an introduction to college learning through explorations in the humanities and sciences. The courses fulfill the College writing requirement and create a foundation for future study by assisting students with the development of college-level skills, particularly in reading, writing, research, critical thinking, and communication.
By 4 p.m. that Friday, the four parks had disappeared, leaving regular old street parking spaces and the discussion of the importance of public spaces hanging in the air.
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