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The art studio is my social justice capstone project and is an after-school arts studio for middle school aged children, that encourages the education and creation of artwork from all cultures. Through this project, I found that there is a need for creation and imagination, especially in young people, and a need for understanding and appreciation of other cultures, especially within a community. Through speaking with a retired art teacher, Gayle Mansfield, who taught in a Hispanic and Tongan community, I discovered that there is an opportunity to provide healthy after school activities within a community that all young individuals have access to. Gayle Mansfield told me that many of her young students came from low-income families and had exposure to violence and gangs, but they all found refuge in her classroom because creating artwork was an enjoyable and relatable experience. I agree with the quote from Tim Brown’s book, “Change by Design” that "The greatest challenges are always the source of the greatest opportunities.", and I think it has a correlation with the quote from the online address of the CEO of IIDA, the CEO of ASID, and the president of the International Well Building Institute, titled "COVID-19: How Can Interiors Protect Human Health". In the presentation, Randy Fiser stated that, "Designers are problem solvers. There is a problem right now with COVID-19 and an opportunity to bring in new ideas and concepts." Through challenges and problems, designers have an opportunity to find solutions, accessible to all demographics. The art studio social justice project I worked on for my capstone book provided a possible solution for impoverished and non-impoverished communities by providing an opportunity for young individuals to participate in healthy after school activities, rather than harmful ones. According to the oxford journal, social justice is the distribution of opportunities within a society. The art studio is not-for-profit and allows any young person access to the opportunities, materials, and resources that the art studio provides.