CCAD partners with Erase the Space to bring students together with design challenges

May 11, 2018

COLUMBUS, Ohio —  Columbus College of Art & Design’s Community Education department is partnering with Erase the Space, a nonprofit organization that helps high schoolers learn about students in different communities.

On Tuesday, May 15, 50 students from Olentangy Liberty High School and Columbus South High School will finish their year-long exchange with an in-person meeting at CCAD. At 9:30 a.m., students will work together on design challenges facilitated by CCAD’s Master of Design in Integrative Design program.

On Wednesday, June 6, Erase the Space founders Derek Burtch and Amelia Gordon will facilitate a professional development workshop at CCAD from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The workshop will be open to all central-Ohio teachers interested in learning more about how Erase the Space works. Attendees will receive continuing education units (CEUs) for their participation in the yearlong course.

“Erase the Space is a wonderful program, and its mission aligns with CCAD’s Community Education,” says Christine Hill, Director of Community Education at CCAD. “We believe in creating equity in our community and using creativity to break down boundaries for people who grow up in different socio-economic situations.”

Gordon says Erase the Space is looking forward to partnering with CCAD and using design to facilitate civil and productive discourse between students.

“Our goal is to bring students together to discuss and solve the most pressing problems facing the city of Columbus. Great design that is responsive to the needs of the community does just that. We are so thrilled to be working with CCAD and bringing our students and teachers to campus,” Gordon says.

About Columbus College of Art & Design 

Columbus College of Art & Design teaches undergraduate and graduate students in the midst of a thriving creative community in Columbus, Ohio. Founded in 1879, CCAD is one of the oldest private, nonprofit art and design colleges in the United States, offering 12 four-year undergraduate programs and two graduate programs in art and design that produce graduates equipped to shape culture and business at the highest level. For more information, visit

About Erase the Space

Erase the Space is a non-profit organization formed by Derek Burtch, an English teacher at Olentangy Liberty High School in Powell, Ohio, and Amelia Gordon, an English teacher at Columbus South High School in Columbus, Ohio. The mission of Erase the Space is to connect students, teachers, and communities in a collaborative, non-competitive exchange over the course of a school year. We seek to provide authentic experience with difference and debate that mirrors the problem-solving situations found in life outside of the classroom. By engaging young people in exchanges early in their high school careers, we believe students will be better prepared to take on the most pressing social challenges and issues facing our city and nation with empathy and collaboration. For more information, visit

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