Innovation and Impact: Past Projects

Research for the Center for Creative Reuse

Project Description

This Winter Term, James and Anna will conduct research for the future development of a Center for Creative Reuse where donated and discarded materials are redistributed for creative re-use, and where artists and students, through free workshops and community outreach programs, can use these materials to create and display their art. Throughout the project, they hope to bring awareness to growing ecological and environmental problems of waste and consumption by providing affordable and creative means to reduce waste and increase the reuse of discarded materials.

About James Rowell and Anna Gonick

James Rowell, a college senior from the Cleveland area, is studying contemporary poetry. He has been a leading member of Oberlin’s Recycled Products Co-op, helping to distribute donated and discarded office supplies to the greater college community, and organizing a weekly craft workshop in the college library. He is collaborating with Anna, for the second year, on Oberlin’s Big Parade Project.

Anna Gonick, a college senior, is a History and Latin American Studies double major and a Studio Art minor from San Francisco, CA. She has been involved in community organizing activities since high school. Last year she headed the annual Big Parade, a collaboration of college and community members in the creation of a town-wide community celebration. After she graduates, Anna plans on continuing her work in sustainable, community-oriented programs that are centered in the arts.