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Open Studio for Educators

  • MODA 1315 Peachtree Street Northeast Atlanta, GA, 30309 United States (map)

We want MO Design Education, Atlanta!

Calling all K-12 Atlanta educators! Join MODA’s Design Thinking and Education team on Thursday, March 22 between 4 and 7 p.m. for an open studio night in the museum!

It’s going to be a great evening of exploration and learning:

  • Chat with MODA educators about field trips, workshops, and experiences we can design for you and your students.
  • Demo MODA’s field trip workshops to figure out first-hand what will challenge your class and what will help your students fall in love with design.
  • Discuss strategies for incorporating design and STEM/STEAM into classrooms and curriculum.
  • Learn about MODA’s customizable Education Partnerships.
  • Take away inside information about upcoming exhibitions for the next school year.
  • Experience our current Designing Playful Cities exhibition and meet the curator, Janelle Miniter.

Refreshments will be provided. It’s going to be a great evening with educators, and we hope you can make it! 

About the Designing Playful Cities Exhibition
Designing Playful Cities, presents a strong case for designing play into urban environments. The exhibition encourages visitors of all ages to engage in play in their day-to-day activities, and inspires designers and developers to create playful spaces in our cities, whether by designing proper playgrounds for children or by converting underutilized spaces into fun and friendly places.

Meet Janelle Miniter, Curator of Designing Playful Cities and Exhibitions Manager!
Working alongside MODA's executive director, Janelle supports the planning, scheduling, construction, and evaluation of MODA exhibits and helps set exhibit philosophy, goals, and guidelines. Prior to joining MODA, she worked at the Zuckerman Museum of Art in multiple capacities gaining experience in the curatorial field, visitor services, collection handling, and exhibition install/deinstall. With a B.A. in Art History, History, and a Global Engagement Certificate with Distinction from Kennesaw State University, Janelle's research focused on the Russian Constructivist movement, a highly influential design movement dedicated to improving lives through functional artistic production.

Learn More About MODA’s Education Team
Blair Banks, Education Coordinator
Blair strives to combine her studies of race and ethnicity with design in order to create programming for children that is not only relevant to their experiences, but also presents them with ideas that originate beyond their backyards. Blair crafts unique field trip experiences that support and reinforce classroom learning through hands on activities, and tours of MODA's rotating exhibitions. She also heads up MODA's Education Partnerships – a series of meaningful collaborative efforts between MODA and various schools and organizations that strive to incorporate design as a problem solving tool for addressing 21st century challenges.

Brigid Drozda, Design Thinking & Innovation Educator
Brigid holds a BA in History from UGA with a focus in Economic Culture, Aesthetics, and the Luxury Debate. Brigid also completed her Orton-Gillingham Practitioner Certification with the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators. She blends design thinking, project based learning, and other forms of learner-driven, open-ended, experiential learning to build cultures of innovation and collaboration. Brigid's students combine sketching and drafting with STEAM tools to execute designs that demonstrate critical thinking and functionality.

Jessica Lewis, Public Programming Designer
Jessica joined MODA as a Public Programming Designer in June 2017 after working professionally as a user experience designer in Atlanta and completing degrees in Digital Media from GA Tech and Literature from UNCA. With on-the-ground experience running projects, conducting action research, designing experiences, and facilitating design thinking workshops with myriad stakeholders, she’s excited to bring a large participatory design toolset to MODA.

Neil Miller, 3D-Printing Proficient & Educator
Neil has been 3D-printing since 2005, and 3D-modeling since before high school. As MODA's 3D-Printing Proficient since 2014, Neil plans and implements the curriculum for hands-on design programming, schedules and teaches 3D-modeling classes, oversees day-to-day operation and maintenance of MODA's 3D-printers, and occasionally slays other metaphorical monsters. Neil graduated from SCAD-Atlanta in 2011 with a BFA in interactive design and game development and a minor in sculpture.

Adriana Quispe, Design Educator
Adriana has a passion for incorporating design thinking into classrooms. At MODA, you can find Adriana innovating and managing the museum's free membership program for kids, Design Club, or supporting year-round campMODA initiatives from ideation to execution. With expertise in LEGO robotics, Adriana loves teaching user centered design to young budding designers.

Earlier Event: March 21
LEGO + Local Brew: IDSA Atlanta Edition
Later Event: March 24
Design Like an Engineer: Bridges