CHARETTE: GET OUT TO VOTE

CRITICAL ISSUES, CREATIVE SOLUTIONS

This charette was one of a series of annual collaborative projects among museum studies students. In an intensive, three-day workshop, we were tasked with developing communication solutions for a current civics issue by an organization in Philadelphia. We went through an in-depth group brainstorming process, built a prototype of our solution, and tested it out in the community. The solutions we developed were made available for the community parter to implement in their work.

charette brief

Community partners

National Constitution Center

Philadelphia election officials

 

Challenge 

Philadelphia has a very low voter turnout rate, especially in non-presidential election years.

 

How can we encourage more Philadelphians to vote?

Goal

Empower young people that are low to moderately motivated to vote to address issues they are passionate/angry about through voting by clarifying the people and structures that are controlling those issues.

Solution  >>>

A voting interactive that gets people thinking about issues they care about in an open-ended, non-formal way, then provides information about how to take action on those issues through voting.

brainstorming a solution

building the prototype

Translated into Spanish on reverse side

testing with the community

What we learned

  • Translate all of the signage, not just the takeaway

  • Add categories such as Environment

  • Divide up the Civil Rights category more specifically

© 2020 Abigail Sarver-Verhey