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Field Report: The Idea Village

Final Field Report, October 2010As my term comes to a close, I am so proud of what we have accomplished at the EIC. For the past year I have had the honor to serve as the Director of Programming: facilitating program management and design, marketing and outreach, grant writing, and supporting the EIC Manager in strategic planning,  client management and business/computer consultations. The EIC has been operational for a little over a year and in that time we have offered over 700 hours of free computer usage to the community, provided 30 clients with business coaching and free computer training sessions, hosted 3 gallery openings, and incubated one art entrepreneur who now has her very own gallery on Julia Street—in the heart of one of the art epicenters of New Orleans. We have worked hard to build community trust, collaborate with local stakeholders, and be a safe haven and resource for the community. My final project is to help launch Digital Connect—a program that my supervisor and I designed to build skill sets in digital media, particularly graphic design and web design, and bridge the opportunity gap between neighborhoods like the Upper 9th Ward and the growing New Orleans digital media industry. In researching program models, designing the programming components, reaching out to local stakeholders for input, writing the grant request that ultimately funded the program (yay Entergy!), and recruiting participants and volunteers, I find that launching Digital Connect is the perfect culmination of a year’s worth of challenges, successes, and transformational experiences. Signing off…  -Jodine Gordon, AmeriCorps VISTA

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