Case Studies: Dougherty Arts Center Replacement Project

Dougherty Arts Center Replacement Project

The Assignment 

Studio 8 Architects/Overland Partners sought input from the community to design a new space in the Dougherty Arts Center that was adaptable and flexible to address evolving future community needs. Adisa Communications needed to find creative, innovative and effective ways to engage the community on the project, despite the pandemic.

The Adisa Team Solution

The Adisa team invited the community to attend virtual meetings and introduced a new online engagement tool, MentiMeter, to the Dougherty project team that provided strong visual information and collected real-time data from participants during the meetings and community focus groups. The Adisa team members also hosted and provided audio/visual technical planning, executed a hybrid-public meeting, and created collateral material and social media communications. 

The Result

The community-informed design plan was reviewed by the Design Commission and the Austin City Council for final approval. 

Shuronda Robinson

Shuronda Robinson has led public sector, nonprofit, and private sector communications and outreach campaigns to successful completion for nearly three decades. Shuronda is the president and CEO of Adisa Communications, an award-winning public involvement and communications firm based in Austin. She leads the Equity practice for the company and supports the facilitation of difficult conversations. She is a fourth-generation entrepreneur whose family operates an African American weekly newspaper in Houston. There, she gained a passion for communication and the power of the story. Since founding Adisa Communications in 1995, the firm has garnered a reputation for creative professionalism by providing a full spectrum of public involvement and communications services.  

Favorite Travel Destination:  Los Angeles 

Favorite Music: R&B and Folk 

Favorite Color: Charcoal Grey 

Favorite Subject in School: Biology 

Astrological Sign: Capricorn   

Place of Birth: Champaign, IL 

Hero: Mom 

Favorite Food: French Fries and Dark Chocolate Covered Almonds 

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers 

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Julianne Gaynor

Julianne Gaynor has a passion for uniting communities through storytelling and has more than a decade of marketing, communications, and public relations experience. She leads client service for Adisa Communications after having worked as a journalist, in K-12 and higher education, and the non-profit sectors. She has led client programs to successful completion through teamwork, collaboration, and experience in the communications field. 

Favorite Travel Destination: Anywhere with a beach
Favorite Music: Depends on my mood
Favorite Color: Lilac 
Favorite Subject in School: Social Studies
Astrological Sign: Libra
Place of Birth: Stoughton, Massachusetts
Hero: My Dad
Favorite Food: Spicy Indian Food
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers 

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Dorcaus Ellis

Dorcaus Ellis joins the Adisa Team, bringing a wealth of experience in research, writing and urban planning. She is highly skilled in relationship development and community relations. Dorcaus holds a Juris Doctorate from Arizona Summit School of Law. She also attended Texas Southern University for a Master’s in Urban Planning and Environmental Policy with a focus on Transportation. She is certified in the public involvement method known as “the Bleiker method” where she helps clients achieve informed consent. She has worked on local and statewide engagement projects including the American Heart Association campaign to create safe indoor air workplaces.

Dorcaus is the mother of three boys, and she is committed to serving disadvantaged populations and bridging the gap to resources which create societal and financial stability.

About Dorcaus
Favorite Color: Green
Favorite Subject in School: History
Favorite Music: R&B
Favorite Travel Destination: St. Lucia
Astrological Sing: Scorpio
Place of Birth: Champaign-Urban, Ill.
Hero: My mother
Favorite Food: Steak
Pronouns: she/her

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Naiya Antar

While studying mass communications and editorial photojournalism in school, Naiya earned a position as a project assistant for Adisa Communications. Through this organization, she has developed skills in community relations, communication pathways, strategy development, and market research. She is a strong writer, developing high-level content for multiple institutions. She enjoys shaping ideas into real-life stories to reach and inform all-inclusive audiences. Naiya is able to adapt to any climate, bringing energy and vibrancy to every project she supports.

About Naiya
Favorite Color: Navy Blue
Favorite Subject in School: Science and Art
Favorite Music: R&B
Favorite Travel Destination: Vieques, Puerto Rico
Astrological Sign: Aquarius
Place of Birth: Chandler, AZ
Hero: My grandmother, Harriet
Favorite Food: Frozen mangoes
Pronoun: she/her/her

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Joi Green

Joilynn Green is a Project Assistant at Adisa Communications. She specializes in event planning and logistics. In her spare time, she freelances as a theatre director and stage manager. She enjoys developing new plays and finding immersive, unconventional ways to bring stories to life. Joilynn has enjoyed working with the Vortex Repertory Company, New Manifest Theatre Company, Spectrum Theatre, and Austin Shakespeare.

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Angie Posada

Angie Posada is a descendant of Venezuelan and Colombian families and has been an honorary Texan since she was 11 years old. Angie grew up outside of Houston (in Katy) and later went on to study Public Relations and Advertising at Texas State University in San Marcos. After falling in love with the hill country and getting her career started in the marketing side of the AEC industry, she moved to Austin and became a CASA volunteer. For the past five years, she has explored the city and found herself a thorough guide of all things; food, fun, and nature. The art and music scene is important to her and fuels a creativity that she brings to her work. Angie finds inspiration when supporting communication and empathy in all team settings and adds her Spanish heritage to an already diverse workplace. With over 6 years of PR experience and different levels of community outreach projects, she is thrilled to contribute locally through Adisa Communications. 

Favorite Quote: “You can do it like it’s a great weight on you, or you can do it like a dance.” – Ram Dass
Favorite Travel Destination: Mexico <3
Favorite Music: I am very experimental with my taste, but I will always have a soft spot for shoegaze and dreampop, though I am in a nightcore phase right now.
Favorite Color: Earthy tones
Favorite Subject in School: Language Arts
Astrological Sign: Scorpio
Place of Birth: Venezuela
Hero: Sister; Gaby Posada
Favorite Food: Chicken Garbanzo Avo Ricebowl
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

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Millie Williams

Millie Williams’ work as a social justice mobilizer has evolved to the pursuit of systemic change. She earned a Master of Theology from Emory University while also devoting her time to national Get-Out-The-Vote movements. Millie has worked in government and community. These experiences have given her a unique commitment to encouraging and inspiring leaders to operate with an equity lens. Millie has collaborated with civil rights leaders, government officials, community leaders, neighbors, clergy, and entrepreneurs to address the social, economic, environmental, and human rights injustices plaguing communities of color.  

Favorite Travel Destination: Africa
Favorite Music: Reggae  
Favorite Color: Purple
Favorite Subject in School: History 
Astrological Sign: Sagittarius 
Place of Birth: Galveston Island 
Hero: Leathie Young Williams 
Favorite Food: Texas Brisket 
Pronouns: Princess, she, her, hers 

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Troy Nalls

Troy Nalls is a renowned celebrity video marketing strategist who has worked with some of the most respected names in the entertainment industry, including Rickey Smiley, Deion Sanders, and Fred Hammond. With over a decade of experience, Troy has become a "secret weapon" in the industry, leveraging social media to connect with millions of people. 

Troy specializes in creating compelling marketing and promotional content that deeply connects with audiences. He captures the personality and message of each client, creating content that is both heard and felt. His proven and bankable "sellable storytelling" video marketing strategies have helped speakers, thought leaders, entertainers, entrepreneurs, organizations, and athletes connect emotionally through video. 

Troy's creed is to help his clients' audiences "buy in" to their story so they can "buy from" them. With his passion for creating compelling content and his ability to connect with audiences on a deeper level, Troy Nalls is a visionary marketer who has helped many celebrities, organizations, and brands achieve their goals through innovative video marketing strategies.  

Favorite quote is: "Say what you mean...just don't say it mean" - Jerome D. Johnson
Favorite Music: 80’s R&B 90’s Hip Hop
Favorite Color: Blue
Favorite Subject in School: History  
Astrological Sign: Capricorn
Place of Birth: Guam
Hero: Bob Kersee
Favorite Food: Thai
Pronouns: OG 

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Brittney Hunter

Brittney Hunter is native to Montgomery, Al and moved to Dallas, TX in March of 2018. She enjoys spending time with her family, especially her niece and nephew. She dedicates time to participating in church volunteer events, services, and working with youth groups.  Brittney has more than 15 years of experience in administrative support. She has supported small business teams of 10 people to corporate companies approx. 300+. She has enjoyed working in the real estate, technology, manufacturing, and healthcare industries. With that, she brings generous knowledge base administratively: from supporting CEOs to engineers, HR, Sales, and other teams while catering to each team uniquely.  Brittney is excited to join Adisa Communications as Office Manager, utilizing her experience to help excel Adisa to new heights. 

Favorite Quote: The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing- Bishop Jakes
Favorite Travel Destination: Africa and Italy (Dreams to reality…coming sooner than later)
Favorite Music:  Gospel, R&B, and Country
Favorite Color:  Olive
Favorite Subject in School: Math
Astrological Sign: Virgo
Place of Birth: Montgomery, AL
Hero: Jesus
Favorite Food: Pepperoni Pizza
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers 

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