Four More Ideas for Bettering Our Communities

Note: This is part two of a two-part post, click here for part one.

The Denver Art Museum (DAM) just wrapped up an exhibition called Open for Design and it was brilliant. Anyone could participate and hundreds submitted items and ideas. More from the DAM’s description of the exhibition:

The DAM challenged everyone—no matter their age or skill level—to get creative and transform an object or material into something that makes their neighborhood a better place. Submissions could be an object, a model, a sketch or even a photograph. Whatever the form of the submission, flat or 3-D, it had to fit into a 2-by-2-by-2-foot space and adhere to a set of guidelines.

The exhibit had a lot of interesting submissions that could really help better our communities, so we decided to highlight a few of our favorites here.

Sonnet Coggins shared this idea for changing a real-estate flyer distribution box into a drop off location for sharing poetry with your neighbors.

The staff of the Denver Public Libraries submitted an interesting twist on an old idea, magnetic poetry for dumpsters.

Djamila Ricciardi suggested collecting food donations for the needy on public transportation.

Ellen Spangler had this very practical and useful submission that creates a plastic bag dispenser from an old pair of Crocs.

There were many more great ideas… we’ve only scratched the surface. Thanks to the Denver Art Museum for putting together this exhibition and to the great ideas from all the participants! We hope that DAM will host an Open for Design II.

Note: This is part two of a two-part post, click here for part one.

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