An integral part of the Center's mission is to provide community outreach and service activities to neighborhoods and other organizations while offering students invaluable immersive learning experiences. As the only State-supported school of design in Indiana, our College has long felt an obligation to support communities and organizations throughout Indiana. We also believe that our students learn best by working on real projects, alongside real professionals, on real problems that affect real people.
CAP:IC faculty, staff, and students are available to assist in research and community projects. While we are known for our visioning and community engagement work, we are also available to serve as project staff in partnership with non-profit, community, and local government organizations. This differs from serving in a consulting role, where you hire us and we return with an answer. If you need professional design consulting services, we recommend hiring a design professional. See the American Insitute of Architects, and American Society of Landscape Architects, or the American Planning Association for design professionals that can help. CAP:IC does not typically respond to Requests for Proposals (RFPs) that are also distributed to professional firms.
Assistance from CAP:IC is customized to the particular need of the neighborhood, community, or organization and varies in terms of duration, resources, and project deliverables. Where possible, CAP:IC also partners community projects with other local resources and organizations.
There are some requests that typically do not fall within our mission, including:
CAP:IC projects are typically externally funded by a partnering organization or through a grant source. While affordable, CAP:IC must recover costs associated with most projects and can work with neighborhoods and organizations on funding strategies. To discuss how CAP:IC might assist your neighborhood, community, or organization, contact Brad Beaubien, director.
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