CTE and Fine Arts Students Complete Successful Internship
May 2017

EMHS -- Six students from Fine Arts and CTE departments at Eastside Memorial High School recently participated in the 2017 FuseBox Festival as a culmination of their internship during the spring semester. Students Cydnei Mathis, Lisbeth Hernandez, Phoibe Usabimana, Lisa Herrera, Josephine Zambrano and Beth Rocha provided architectural designs and ideas for persons from Design Institute at UT Dell Medical School and thinkEAST for a community café concept presented at the festival.
Fusebox has spent the past three years engaging the Govalle-Johnston Terrace neighborhood, artistic community, city, and other stakeholders on a more thoughtful and equitable way to develop real estate through the thinkEAST project (a 24-acre real development at the heart of the neighborhood). One of the most striking things learned through their community planning process was that the entire project should be, at its heart, a community health project.
The six (6) Participants from EMHS and three (3) students from East Austin College Prep School engaged in an intergenerational action research project using the lenses of community health, arts, and culture that culminated in a working prototype for a community cafe as part of the Fusebox Festival held recently here in Austin. The students have ownership and agency over the research and were provided a stipend for their work and commitment to the project. Students participated in workshops during lunch at Eastside Memorial and again on Saturdays at Eastside Memorial and East Austin College Prep.
The students engaged in workshops from January to April researching topics such as
- health challenges facing their neighborhood
- artistic and cultural traditions of their community
- family recipes from neighborhood residents (along with food stories)urban gardening, farming, and strategies for using food as a tool for health and connection
- design and architectural ideas

Students were led by Lead Artists Zell Miller and Jason Phelps, with assistance from Design Institute at Dell Medical School. According to Miller and Phelps, there are plans for continuance for student participation as the project moves forward.

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