While taking SOCI-240: American Deaf Culture under Professor Corinna Hill in the Spring of 2020 at RIT, Cashmere Pascual was struck by the impact of quarantine as the coronavirus pandemic was spreading. She used the course’s requirement for a final creative project to create this video asking various Deaf and Hard of Hearing college students and community members to share their experiences with being quarantined. Cashmere stated that the inspiration behind her project was the fact that she was the only deaf person in her hearing family, so this created a desire to explore how enforced isolation was impacting the Deaf community. Cashmere tackled this project herself, contacting participants, compiling interviews and adding captions, and her work offers us an valuable narrative of Deaf experiences during the coronavirus pandemic.
The “Box That Shows” project is the culmination of a semester-long writing assignment that has been undertaken by an NTID section of RIT’s University Writing Seminar level 150 course. Inspired by the art of Joseph Cornell, each student has been working this semester on crafting their own “Cornell Box.” Using found art and other materials that are meaningful, each box shows or communicates something. It could show an argument or tell a story. Students may tell you the story of their lives, talk about their identities; they may talk about issues that are important to them; they may try to persuade; there are many possibilities. Our goals are to inspire a sense of curiosity about the world, to visually communicate messages that are important to us, and to create a piece of art of beauty and significance out of everyday objects. Our goal is to inspire and raise awareness of many different life experiences and issues. From protecting the environment by not dumping waste outside, to deaf people’s vision, the boxes tell our stories through different visual objects. You will find students' Cornell Boxes exhibited around the RIT campus during ImagineRIT on April 27th, 2019. Each box is accompanied by a QR code that links to students' writing about their work. Alternately, you can click on the project title above to visit a page with links to students' writing and to find out more about these students and their stories.
This project emerged out of Alyssa Minko's senior thesis animated film, SuperYou! and her desire to develop a web-based interactive narrative and an illustrated book telling the story of young Ava's aspirations to go to superhero school. even though her family cannot afford it and others mock her for wanting to pursue this. Working on these distinct narrative projects during an English Independent Study on Transmedia Narrative with Associate Professor Laura Shackelford during the 20118-2019 academic year, and with the assistance of graduate students in web development and other team members, Alyssa is set to showcase her animated film, her interactive narrative, and highlights from her illustrated children's book (in progress) at ImagineRIT on Saturday, April 27th, 2019. Visit the Center for Engaged Storycraft's 'Story Arcade' on the first floor of the SAU to view and read this incredible work.