What was the scope of their involvement?
They helped me define the initiative through a set of communication documents. We created a class with revolving guest artists who are exemplars in the field. As each guest lecturer arrived, they prepped them for the class. Margaret (Founder and Chief Creative, River + Wolf) co-taught the class with me and participated as a speaker.
We’re currently assembling a booklet that documents the work we did in the class, and we have a planning timeline for the next two years to set strategies and integrations with the rest of the department and other entities. They bring their graphic perspective and verbal facility to bear in compelling brochures and other materials for students, academics, and donors.
The whole project is coming together in phases. They create a blueprint of action items, documents, and other deliverables that are valuable assets for fundraising, development, and marketing. We always have the big picture in mind.
What is the team composition?
Since we are both principals, I work directly with Margaret. I work very closely with her and am very aware her design team/
How did you come to work with River + Wolf?
I’ve known Margaret for many years as an artist and someone who works in the not-for-profit world as an educator. She helped me when I was trying to articulate a framework for a class I taught at another institution. Her ideas are provocative and challenging, and I trust her implicitly. We share aesthetic values and have the same standard of excellence. When I developed this initiative at UC Santa Cruz, I knew she was the natural choice. She was the only person I considered.
How much have you invested with them?
The last contract was around $77,000.
What is the status of this engagement?
Discussions for the project started around September 2017, and the contract was finalized in December 2017. They were tremendously generous with their time before the contract was finalized. We plan to continue our collaboration through the end of 2018.