Piggy Stash: Reshaping Cultural Treatments of Art

An art kit of virtual experiences delivering boundless art to Korean-American children.

Esther Kim


Art, Prototyping, Shared Value, Social Justice


I was initially inspired to explore how we can shape children's passion for art in a genuine and effective way besides traditional art instruction outside the classroom. My hypothesis was that children need an outlet of creativity and self-expression, especially during the pandemic, which hinders proper emotional and creative growth. Through research and prototyping, I found a niche community in which I can deliver a specific need: giving Korean-American children and parents the resources to practice art as an experience while overcoming the prejudices in which Korean culture treats art as a mere skillset.


The challenges I had to overcome were exploring and grabbing the significance of my project: "What is this really for and why? How can I make this less generic?" During the beginning to middle part of Senior Capstone 2, I felt that my project was at a standstill from where I left off at Senior Capstone 1. Once I began to really evaluate the resources and research I've gathered this semester, I found a niche in which I can dive into the significance of my project and final deliverables.


My project outcome was brought to fruition once I made the purpose of my project very detailed: delivering a specialized art kit for Korean-american children in order to reshape the Korean culture's prejudiced treatment of art. My project outcome was to make a deliverable that is more than just the general art kits out there. This art kit was tweaked and developed through consideration of socioethnic factors of my target audience, cultural sensitivity and contemporary relevance. The deliverable is a digitalized art kit aimed to bring a fruitful experience for both children and parents.

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