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Fifth Annual Creative Engine Continues to Provide Community Service

Contact: Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG, MO (May 2, 2008) – Community organizations benefited from the creativity of UCM art and graphic arts technology students during the fifth annual Creative Engine 24-hour marathon.

Creative Engine Video - click play button below to view the video

Projects Completed for 12 Area Clients

More than 20 junior and senior students began working in teams, assisted by four faculty members, at 10 a.m. Monday, April 14. By 10 a.m. April 15, they had completed design projects for 12 clients selected from applications made by area not-for-profit organizations and agencies.

Partnership Provides Printing Technology

Creative Engine
Members of a UCM Creative Engine team plan strategy for completing a logo and three brochures for the Johnson County Sheltered Workshop during the recent 24-hour design marathon. Team members were, left to right, Jenny Sherman, Kimberly Hall, team leader Kim Reinkemeyer, Jamie York and Mikhail Shadeed.

In addition to the creative design work completed by the students, a partnership between the Department of Art and Design and the UCM Graphic Arts Technology Management program provided free or deeply discounted printing of print materials.

Variety of Products Created

The group completed six logos, three stationery systems, two web sites, four brochures, five posters, a newspapaer ad template and an electronic letterhead template for their various clients. Those clients were Nathan’s Quest, Blind Boone Park, Warrensburg Parks and Recreation, Johnson County Sheltered Workshop, Citizens for Environmental Action, the UCM Harmon College of Business and Professional Studies summer camps, Missouri Association for Community Action, Missouri Veterans Home, Digitalburg, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Connected Hearts and Western Missouri Medical Center.

An Opportunity to Learn by Doing

“All of the work was done pro bono as a service learning exercise,” said John Lynch, associate professor of art and a faculty coordinator for the annual project. “These students don’t receive course credit for their efforts, but they gain the satisfaction that comes from providing a community service and delivering a quality product to a client while working on several projects at once under tight deadlines.”