University of Massachusetts Amherst
Joseph Krupczynski is a designer, public artist and educator. He is the principal of “studio projects”, an interdisciplinary design studio which links design, culture and art through public and private design commissions, installations, activism and research. His recent creative work and scholarship promotes imaginative community partnerships, and crafts participatory art/design platforms to engage a variety of issues within the built environment—especially in collaboration with underrepresented communities. Professor Krupczynski is also a founding director of The Center for Design Engagement (C*DE), a 501(c)(3) design resource center. The C*DE is dedicated to bringing progressive architectural design, public art and civic engagement strategies to local communities and community-based organizations—and advocates for innovative and sustainable solutions to contemporary art/design problems in Massachusetts cities and towns.
Professor Krupczynski is also the director of the office of Civic Engagement and Service Learning (CESL) at UMass Amherst (umass.edu/cesl). The mission of CESL is to promote learning for life-long, engaged citizenship, partnering with communities on and off campus to work collectively for a more just world.
His co-edited volume (in collaboration with Mari Castañeda), Learning from Diverse Latinx Communities: Social Justice Approaches to Civic Engagement (Lang, 2017), was published fall 2017. His other recent work includes: “Holyoke Visible” (2015–2016), a participatory public art process/project at three important revitalization sites in Holyoke (in collaboration with Professor Max Page); the Civic Engagement Plan for “The New England Knowledge Corridor (Hartford-Springfield),” and author of the report, Sustainability and Equity, Engaging Underrepresented Communities on Issues of Sustainability in the Pioneer Valley (2014).
“I have strived to develop an integrated creative research, teaching, and outreach practice that values the reciprocal knowledge creation and exchange that is central to the community-engaged approaches I employ across all my efforts,” writes Dr. Krupczynski. “This methodology recognizes that a community’s participation is critical in the making of ‘place’ and thus plays an important role in my space/place-making as a public artist/designer, in my engagement with students in the studio, and in the spaces of academia I support and interact with as an administrator. As a result, the body of work I have produced as a scholar and teacher is rooted in engaged academic work, community collaboration for change, and advocating for institutional impact and engagement.”