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our approach

Our Story

We began with the idea that, as art and design faculty, our creative toolbox could help address the challenges faced by student voters. In 2018, we co-taught a studio course where students designed a voter engagement campaign for their peers. Since then, we have evolved into a creative research team that works year-round with campus, city and regional partners.

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Our unique contribution to the UM-Ann Arbor voter engagement community relies on the power of visual design and the vibrancy of creative play. Alongside our creative research to increase student voting participation, we also continue to provide curricular experiences for students. 

   

The value of CCVP’s projects have been recognized by: 

University of Michigan (2024 North Campus MLK Spirit Award for Institutional Change & Advocacy); design community (Daily Heller column in Print Magazine, SEGD/Society for Environmental Graphic Design Global Design Awards 2021, DesignWeek 2021); key national coalitions working on student voting (ALL IN Democracy Challenge, Students Learn Students Vote, Campus Vote Project); local, state, and national elections officials and advocates (City of Ann Arbor, Michigan Bureau of Elections, Michigan Secretary of State, Election Center/The National Association of Election Officials, and the US Election Assistance Commission and in a recent US Department of Education Student Voter Toolkit.

Our work is made possible with generous support from:

 

University of Michigan Democracy and Debate Initiative

University of Michigan Office of Research

University of Michigan Stamps School of Art & Design

Students Learn, Students Vote Coalition

University of Michigan ArtsEngine

University of Michigan Office of the Provost

 

Creative Campus Voting Project is a member of UMICH VOTES, a coalition of social and civic engagement organizations and projects working to expand access, educate, and engage student voters in the democratic process. UMICH Votes coalition partners include the Ann Arbor City Clerk’s Office, U-M Turn Up Turnout, the Ginsberg Center, the U-M Democracy & Debate Initiative and the University of Michigan Museum of Art.

 

We are grateful for the many students, colleagues, voting experts, and organizations that inform and enrich this work.

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