Skip to main content?

90 | Building Coalitions the Right Way

Jason Schupbach is the director of The Design School at the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University. There, he’s undertaking an ambitious effort to ‘redesign design school,’ looking for ways to create a design school for the 21st century. Throughout his career, Schupbach has worked to support designers as they create art, architecture and community. He was previously the director of Design and Creative Placemaking programs for the U.S. National Endowment for the Arts, where he oversaw all design and creative placemaking grants throughout the United States.

90 | Building Coalitions the Right Way

Throughout the world, public space is constantly under the threat of co-option, and art is always under threat of being defunded. Ongoing work in the arts, architecture and community building requires ongoing champions and institutions. These individuals and agencies work to set priorities at the level of the city, the country and sometimes the world.

Previously, Schupbach also served Governor Patrick of Massachusetts as the Creative Economy director of Massachusetts, as well as the director of ArtistLink, a Ford Foundation-funded initiative to stabilize and revitalize communities through the creation of affordable space and innovative environments for creatives.

His body of work represents an ongoing commitment to support the value of design in public space, and offers instruction as to how designers and design supporters can work together to create better futures.

We had a chance to speak with Jason on Social Design Insights. Have a listen at the link below.


Social Design Insights would like to thank all those who make our weekly show possible: Baruch Zeichner, our Producer and Sound Engineer, Donna Read, for producing our video content, and Leah Freidenrich, Director of the Curry Stone Foundation. Our theme music for 2018 is "Alright With Me" by Reggie Young from his album "Young Street." The break music for this episode is "Waiting for Yesterday" by John Trudell from his album "Madness and the Moremes."