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DAAPcamps: a chance to change the world

Three CATC students attended the University of Cincinnati’s DAAPcamps, earning scholarships to the renowned weeklong, live-on-campus summer enrichment program that attracts students from all over the country and world. The goal? To explore their interests in various design careers such as architecture, fashion design and graphic design.  And, maybe, to change the world.

Destiny Bomar, Alexis Paz, and Tyree Harmon were granted the scholarships after demonstrating talent and dedication during the school year at CATC. CATC, along with four Cincinnati-area public schools, participated in DAAP Alliance, a year-long initiative designed to increase diversity in design-based careers. It is sponsored by
U.C.’s College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning, and  Procter & Gamble.

The week culminated, at the end of June, with a public exhibit of the students’ work–including a fashion show–and a graduation ceremony. The DAAP exhibit halls were packed, and the auditorium had standing room only. Alexis says he found his personal style and he has a new appreciation for how much fabric and skill it takes to design clothing. Tyree’s boot design, with Japanese influence in both decoration and function, is one of a handful of designs he says has been selected for potential production at his teacher’s manufacturing plant. He says the week was “life-altering.” And Destiny, who says her goal is to design something that will change the world…she hasn’t changed it yet. But watch out. See slide show.