Summer 2021

This is the time of care. As so many of us emerge from the intensity and fatigue of the year behind us, carrying the call to reckon with staggering injustices and crises both social and ecological, there is an urgency to make our world anew. What we have collectively endured exposed the fissures, places where care had fallen by the wayside—areas ripe for the response of builders and innovators working in the space of compassion. That reimagining begins at Pratt.

I hope the stories in this issue begin to connect you to the network of your colleagues doing just that—imagining and preparing a thriving future together. (Read more)

—President Frances Bronet

In this issue

Picture of a person taking a picture of another person sitting on a barstool with a camera
A Personal Politics

Pratt Students Make Art to Humanize the Leaders and Issues That Shape Our Communities

Abstract bursts of red on the left and blue, yellow, and orange on the right meet in a colorful bolt that extends across a textured black and white background
The Art of Holding

How Pratt Creative Arts Therapy Activated During a Time of Trauma, and Began to Change the Field for the Future

In an arched stone passageway, people sit on wood benches and look through books from shelves built into the walls, as a walker strolls past on a gray-tiled section of the tunnel
New York Reimagined

Seven Pratt Architecture and Interior Design Students Propose Models to Nourish and Cultivate Our City

A person walks on the sidewalk in front of windows displaying images of a couple and the words forever caring.
Working with Care

How Pratt Students and Faculty Are Creating in the Space of Compassion

About the Cover

Rendered in thick black lines with yellow accents, four squares depict two black hands touching, a shining sun, feet in heels and sneakers approaching one another, and three flowers growing up from the earth

Sarah Kanu, BFA Communications Design ’21
What if ___ Was a Black Utopia?

In their work, Sarah Kanu, BFA Communications Design ’21 (she/they), explores social justice concepts and true-to-life narratives in illustration and graphic forms, such as this two-sided linocut print. The back panel (shown here) suggests moments of joyful connection with people and the natural world, as the front—inspired by street signs in Brooklyn’s Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood—presents a powerful provocation: What if ___ Was a Black Utopia? Kanu’s piece calls the viewer to examine, from a vantage point of tenderness, the impact of radically altered social conditions, where any space one can imagine might be abundant with promise and care.


  • Vice President of Communications and Marketing
    • Jim Kempster
  • Senior Editor
    • Jean Hartig
  • Director of Creative Services
    • David Frisco
  • Director of Web and Digital Communications
    • Sarah Hromack
  • Graphic Designers
    • Eury Kim
    • Robert McConnell
  • Developer
    • Alex Weiss Hills
  • Digital Production Coordinator
    • Albert Johnson
  • Digital Producers
    • Raunak Jangid
    • Jun H. Kok
  • Copy Editor
    • Brandhi Williamson
  • Project Managers
    • Laura Banas
    • Erica Dagley Galea

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