Students Design Pop-Up Exhibit for Museum of Design Atlanta

Feb 4, 2014 | Fine Arts, Uncategorized, Upper School News

Mount Vernon Upper School art and video production students are embracing one of the most exciting real-world opportunities to date–one that takes the School’s emphasis on design thinking to a monumental level.
MODA–the Museum of Design Atlanta has commissioned MVPS students to create a pop-up exhibit. The exhibit will be located at Atlantic Station in Midtown Atlanta. Its focus will be on design thinking. “This project brings design thinking to life. Too often design thinking stays in the world of ideas. This partnership with MODA gives our students the opportunity to connect school and real life,” shares Trey Boden.
Trey Boden Upper School video production teacher and art teacher Mariana Depetris are leading students through this experience which so far has included a field trip to MODA, a deep study of design thinking, and rapid prototyping on how might one design an art exhibit. Next week students will travel to several other pop up exhibits in Atlanta to gather ideas and inspiration.
The MODA/Mount Vernon partnership began last year when representatives from the School’s development office posed the idea of collaboration. Several of MODA’s staff members attended last summer’s MVIFI //fuse design thinking conference, the Executive Director of MODA, Laura Flusche was selected for the School’s Council on Innovation, and Mount Vernon’s Chief of Innovation & Learning was recently selected as a MODA board member.
The students’ design thinking pop-up exhibit will open at Atlantic Station in April 2014. As the date gets closer, we will share the progress of the MODA pop-up exhibit, the students’ prototypes and final creations, and the abundant real-world learning.