2020 AIGA Seattle Changemaker Showcase: Designing for Mental Health

Mental health is not a given—we must build systems that enable us to thrive. See how Seattle's creative community has risen to meet the challenge.

Every year, over 40 volunteers of the Changemaker Series support the work of six nonprofit organizations in the greater Seattle area. This year, our nonprofit partners are focused on supporting the mental health of our community—and their work has never been more important.

Since May, six volunteer teams have used the Human-Centered Design process and design thinking frameworks to develop customized research, identify pain points and opportunities, brainstorm solutions, test ideas, and implement new processes and tools for their nonprofit. This work enables the organizations to deepen or broaden their work to help make our community healthier, more resilient, and better equipped to face challenging times. Come hear about these incredible nonprofits and the work our teams are doing to support them.


  • 6:00 – Welcome and Introduction to the Changemaker Series
  • 6:20 – Keynote from Ashley McGirt
  • 6:40 – Teams present their processes, findings, and creations in a rapid and highly-engaging PechaKucha format

Tickets & Drawing

We are committed to making tickets accessible to all regardless of an individual's financial situation. 100% of the ticket proceeds will be split evenly among our six nonprofit partner organizations. COVID-19 has stretched their capacity, so every dollar and every donation helps.

Every registered attendee is eligible to win one of our awesome events and experiences that will help boost mental health!

Keynote Speaker Ashley McGirt

We are thrilled to welcome Ashley McGirt as our keynote speaker. Ashley is the founder and President of the WA Therapy Fund Foundation. She is a psychotherapist, TEDx international speaker, and author who has been featured in Forbes, MSNBC, The Young Turks, Bravo, and more. Ashley currently works as a full-time hospice therapist and owns and operates her own private practice. In her private practice she focuses primarily on racial trauma, depression, and anxiety, and works toward de-stigmatizing mental illness and reducing high rates of recidivism in American prisons, in an attempt to create a more socially just society for all. She strives to help others find happiness and healing within themselves through unpacking their baggage, resting, reflecting, and restoring themselves to be who they were intended to be on this earth.

Nonprofit Partners

Meet our six nonprofits doing crucial work to support our community's mental health and the challenges they tackled with their creative teams:

Kent Youth & Family Services | kyfs.org

King County Sexual Assault Resource Center | kcsarc.org

Perinatal Support Washington | perinatalsupport.org

Ryther | ryther.org 

Somali Health Board | somalihealthboard.org

You Grow Girl! | yougrowgirl.org

Learn more about our rockstar nonprofit partners and the teams behind them on our 2020 Changemaker Series webpage.

Also, learn more about WA Therapy Fund Foundation, an incredible organization founded by keynote speaker Ashley McGirt, empowering people of color through mental health education and radical self-care.

Win a free giveaway!

All attendees are entered to win free prizes that cultivate mental health and creative thinking. The winner must be present in the webinar chat to win. Prizes include...

About the Changemaker Series

The AIGA Seattle Changemaker Series unites teams of creative professionals with nonprofits and social change organizations to use design thinking, sustainable frameworks, and creative tools to help advance their mission. The Changemaker Showcase is the finale in our yearly series and presents the work of our six project teams. In past years, the Changemaker Series supported organizations addressing food access and security, housing and homelessness, local immigrants and refugees, youth, and environmental conservation.

Read more about the Changemaker Series on our website, check out our blog, or email us questions at changemaker@seattle.aiga.org. 

When & Where
Wed, Sep 16, 2020 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM PDT