cal poly slo charity: ball

funding access to clean water worldwide

An art piece I did for Cal Poly San Louis Obispo's annual Charity: Ball, an annual philanthropic event hosted by the Pi Rho chapter of Alpha Kappa Psi, which benefits charity: water, a non-profit that provides clean water to developing countries.



The goal of this project was twofold: to make a statement about the water crisis, and to foster conversation among guests. The director of Charity: Ball wanted something clean and business card-like, so I conceptualized a simple design with the words of the poem in varying shades of blue, like the trickling-down of water. I designed the back of the card with short instructions and credits, and a graphic of a Jerry Can. The poem reflects the philanthropic spirit and sense of community that the event was inspired by, tying in the water theme.

Each guest was given a card upon entry, with instructions on the front: "There are four cards. Make them one." Everyone received one of four parts of the poem, and had to socialize with other guests in order to piece together the entire thing. The cards wouldn't make sense individually, but when combined with each other, would send a powerful message of unity, reiterating the importance of global access to clean water as a basic human right, and our collective responsibility. The project was an effort to inspire guests to take action, and recognize that the solution begins with us.

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the story behind the jerry can

The Jerry Can is a large plastic container used to carry and store drinking water in developing countries, and "a symbol of the water crisis."


Over 500 cards were given out, and $8,464 of the original $7,500 goal was raised.