Parsons School of Design
BFA Communication Design
Thesis 2015

Reactivity: Shelter Art Kit
Simone Roark

Reactivity: Shelter Art Kits is an art initiative inspired by the kids of Sderot, a town in southern Israel under frequent rocket attack. These therapeutic art kits for children ages 5-10 are meant to be used as ready-made activity kits facilitated by the parents and/or other literate adults in the room, to both distract and heal children in time of emotional trauma. The kits would be pre-supplied in bomb-shelters, and would accompany the kid home post-attack. While these kits are meant to supply immediate first response needs, these activities performed repeatedly and continually are more effective and should continue to be utilized at home post-trauma. The older, literate figure acts as both the supervisor and assessor of the child’s behavior and creative performance. The adults’ manual is supplied with diagnostic indicators, behavioral overviews, and helpful guidance for the given activities. While parents cannot administer professional therapy, this kit acts as a first step – keeping parents attune to their children’s emotional impairments, prompting them to seek needed professional involvement. Inside the kit are three parts in a folder: an overall account of the situation and brief of art therapy as a means of assessing mental wellness, a parent’s manual, and a children’s guided activity book, all in both English and Hebrew. Also included are branded art supplies and other objects (balloons, sand, gloves, etc.) that help facilitate emotional dialogue with their uses outlined in the manual.

Carolina Acosta

Carina Adijanto

Kathryn Adkins

Rosa Antonieta Andia Pastor

Che Ying Au

Nadia Bakst

Kevin Ballon

Tess Barber

Mercedes Beach

Trey Bedingfield

Evan Bender

Jan-Luca Berger

Liz Bergesch

Gabriel Berrios

Bianca Rose Bono

Zoe Sarah Bortz

Margot Bravi

Harlie Brindak

Stefania Brusatin

Shamma Buhazza

Daniela M. Casado

Edgar Castro

Dahye Chang

Alicia Chen

Jiayi Chen

Taylor Childers

Sanjana Chimnani

Yerang Choi

Caroline Chriss

Gregory Conte

Rafael Cordoboa

Gina Marie Costa

Karen-Cristina Cruz

Rachel Darmody

Amanda DeGiuseppe

Brittany DiPeri

Dariel Ben Dominguez

Phoebe Feng

Mark Foss

Lindsey Frazier

Anais Freitas

Amanda Goldstein

MaryAnn George

Camille Gervais

Sarah Gonzalez

Jessica Griscti

Anissa Hanley

Christa Herchek

Albert Hicks IV

Deja Holden

Mu-Ti Huang

Cari Hume

Zachary David Hurley

Anushae Hussain

Nicole Ignacio

Lama Kaddura

Sul Kim

Ji Hyun Kim

Hyerin Kim

Sunghoon Kim

Green Kim

Felicitas Kofler

Joan Koo

Hannah Kramer

Taiji Kuroda

Jasmine Lam

Alex Lardaro

Liberty Leben

Victoria Lee

Jayne Lee

Stephanie Leone

Crysta Leong

Sara Li

Liza Littlefield

Christopher Lucero

Huy Luong

Briana Lynch

Rachel Mak

David Marte

Nelle McDade

Kelly Merole

Marie Mhina

Riho Mineta

Regina Morgan-Muñoz

Ayla El-Moussa

Baki Mumkaya

Summer Myung

Caroline Newton

Sofia Oom

Adrian Ortega Pedraza

Rusbeny Pichardo

Maria Putri

Auriel Rickard

Nancy Rivera

Simone Roark

Emalis Robateau

Hussain Salahuddin

Benjamin Sands

Ariel Saura

Taleen Setrakian

Wren Sieber

Phuong Tran

Hilary Tunstall

Ujvala Abirami Vemparala

Gosbinda Vizarretea

Claudia von Hillebrandt

Marcus Washington Jr.

Jocelyn Wu

Jasmine Yacoub

Brenden Ying

Horin Yip

Christelle YuanYuan Zhang

Katie Zheng