Dunwoody Students Create State Fair Water Display for Minnesota Department of Health

Dunwoody Students Create State Fair Water Display for Minnesota Department of Health


Where does your water come from? How safe is your water? What can you do to make sure that you’re doing
the best for your environment and your water source? Dunwoody has a long legacy of bringing students
in to work with their hands and build and make things. I’m a faculty member for the Interior Design
department, but also I have a strong passion for doing community outreach, public art,
and really wanting to get students involved in the design and making process. The water project is a collaboration between
a couple of different departments here at Dunwoody. We’ve had to build a frame, an aluminum frame,
with wooden walls that are going to have graphics on it that are good at explaining where you
get your water and how its contaminated and what you can do to protect it. It’s a massive effort between our teams here
at Dunwoody and the Minnesota Department of Health. It will then be displayed at the State Fair
here in Minnesota 2018. Once of our core values is collaboration. So we have a strong history of collaborating
with colleges and universities in Minnesota and this is our first time collaborating with
Dunwoody. We actually started the partnership through
just a meeting between a Dunwoody professor and an MDH employee at the State Fair last
year and through that we came to tour Dunwoody and see the facilities and the collaboration
that was possible across departments here to both design and build an exhibit. I think Dunwoody gives you the opportunity
to work in these small groups and work together, work across departments which is really important
because when you actually get out into the world you’re going to be working across departments
with people with different skill sets and ideas so it’s been a great chance to be able
to make connections kind of across departmentally, within your department and then working with
a big entity like the state. Pretty much anytime there’s some kind of project
that’s offered here I try to take it because it’s just opportunity that you can’t let up. We have the project for next several years
with the State of Minnesota. We have a long contract. We can design and make things and ties back
to what Dunwoody is all about.


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