Imagine When...
everyone in our community can feel safe riding a bike.
~ Wren Wilson, Salem College Student, January 2012
taking time to dream becomes a pleasurable and valued habit.
~ Mark Leech, SECCA, November 2011
It's easy for ALL of us to say "I love you and respect you" to others.
~ Teddy Burriss, November 2011
every child has access to three healthy meals a day, every day.
~ Debra, August 2011
everyone makes time to dream, every day.
~ Cheryl Schirillo, October 2011
peace reigns in our hearts and on this earth.
~ White Star, December 2011
world peace becomes a requirement. When war is done and we leave it at that.
~ Maya Burgess, 14 yrs old, Authoring Action, July 2012
everyone practices tolerance.
- Tina Ketchie-Sterns, March 2012
healthcare and college are universal and free for everyone.
~ Taylor J.C., 15 yrs old, Authoring Action, July 2012
love is the only binding marriage contract.
~ Tony Jenkins, 17 yrs. old, Authoring Action
creativity is the norm.
art, music, dance and theatre are considered fundamental in our schools.
~ Cyndi Briggs, April 2011
all public schools serve delicious, nutritious food to our children.
~ Cyndi Briggs, December 2011
we come to see a person's worth through their soul, not their bank account.
we become a culture focused on wellness, not illness.
every child in Winston-Salem has a place to call home with people who love them.
~ Jasmine Little, 14 yrs. old, Authoring Action (former foster care child)
we realize our true nature is bliss absolute.
~ Lynn Felder, Yoga Gallery, June 2012
everyone on the planet has ample, clean drinking water.
~ Robin Lynn-Whitestar, September 2011
we long for the moment rather than the weekend or 5 pm.
~ @NCwiseman, March 2012
we can all smile and laugh without being judged.
~ Dominick Swygert, 13 yrs old, Authoring Action, Summer 2012
Free, renewable energy is available for all.
~ WSW, May 2012
we invest in ourselves and our community.
~ Lucinda Brogdan, February 2012
every woman loves her body.
~ C.B. April 2012 at the Earth Day Fair Dream Tent
we all aspire to inspire.
~ Julie Crayne, November 2011
liberal and conservative ideas merge for the good of the world.
~ Tim Johnson, October 2012
the dreams of children are heard over the cynicisms of adults.
~ Lynn Rhoades, October 2011
everyone knows their own worth.
~ Sandy Phocas, January 2012

Day of Schedule for Design Marathon

The event will be held on Saturday, June 2, 2012 at SECCA (Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art) at 750 Marguerite Drive, Winston-Salem, NC 27106.

9:00 – 9:30 AM: Arrival and Registration (please pay your $10 in advance here. The small fee will help us cover food during the day, materials, and wine during the finale)

Coffee, doughnuts, mingle

9:30 – 9:45 AM: Brain Teaser / Ice Breaker


9:45 – 10:15 AM: Welcome and Introduction

What is the Imagination Installation Project by Cheryl Schirillo

• What is Community Design Studio by Lauren Frye

• Presentation of Creative Brief (our goals for the day)


10:15 – 12:00 PM: Charette* Session 1

• Broad discussion of challenges, brainstorming, and sketching within small groups

• Goals: a wide range of rough ideas, focusing more on questions than answers, “what ifs?” rather than “what?” or “how?”

*a description of a charette is at the end of this document.


12:00 – 1:00 PM: Working Lunch

• Participants enjoy a complimentary lunch

• Presentation of Earth Day Art Installation (The Dream Tent)

• FAQs

• In-progress review (participants walk around and review pin-ups)


1:00 – 2:15 PM: Charette Session 2

• Idea selection, refinement, tighter sketching with a focus on conveying ideas clearly

• Goals: 2–4 specific ideas, polished sketches, focusing more on answers than questions, more on “what?” and “how?”


2:15 – 3:00 PM: Next Steps and Thank You

• Next Steps/Where Do We Go From Here?

• Closing comments, presentation of “awards”


3:00 – 4:00: Pin Up of Resulting Works

• Mixing and mingling with wine and cheese as we walk around and look at all the amazing ideas the teams generated.  Team Leaders will present their works informally during the mingling.


To register, or for more information return to the main events page here.


*What is a Charette? (The event format the Imagination Design Marathon is built on) 

A Charette is a meeting that uses intense effort to solve any architectural, artistic or design problem within a limited time. From a creative standpoint, a Charette can be divided into three portions:


1. Listen. Listen to what the stakeholders in the Project have to suggest (in this case the Imagination Installation). Work together with them to come to an understanding about the project, what their goals and limitations are, and how these might fit with your ideas.


2. Envision. Imagine together all of these various considerations to come up with a realistic and creative proposal which will be interesting while at the same time financially, responsibly, and otherwise feasible.


3. Draw fast! The ability to work with creative team who can bring ideas to a tangible design sketch quickly, allows for instant communication.


A Little History on Charettes 

The term “Charette” (little cart) appeared in the late 1800′s. Architecture students at the Ecole Des Beaux-Arts in Paris who needed to rush their designs to their instructors, placed their drawings on a cart which was called a charette. Later the word broadened in meaning and came to describe any intense, short-term design project. Today the word is used by the architectural and design community at large to describe any intense, on-the-spot design effort.