JWU to create Feinstein Technology & Design Center

PROVIDENCE – Johnson & Wales University today announced plans to create the Alan Shawn Feinstein Technology & Design Center, to benefit local nonprofits.

Starting this summer, Rhode Island nonprofits will be able to tap the graphics, design and technical skills of Johnson & Wales students, who will work in the center to fulfill part of their community service learning requirement.

Of the 6,000-plus nonprofit groups in the Ocean State, many lack the technology and staffing they need to stay competitive. The new center aims to help close that gap.

“The opportunity presented to me to connect Rhode Island nonprofits with the technological talent that Johnson & Wales students and faculty can offer was irresistible,” philanthropist Alan Shawn Feinstein said.

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Basic design services, including digital collateral designs for print media, websites, video, photography, multimedia and other creative assets, will be available free of charge to qualified organizations, the university said. Marketing assistance and computer-aided facilities planning also will be available.

For the first year, noted Frank Tweedie, dean of the School of Technology, the Center also will design and maintain Web sites for eligible nonprofits and will cover the groups’ initial printing costs.

The new center will be housed in a 1,500-square-foot storefront space in the School of Technology, 138 Mathewson St., across the street from Hotel Providence and around the corner from the Downcity Retail District.

For more information on the Alan Shawn Feinstein Technology & Design Center at Johnson & Wales, call the School of Technology at (401) 598-2500.