Last week, Alex Macon sat cross-stitching in a rocking chair, face anonymized with a blaze orange ski mask, casually conversing with friends and visitors of his first DAAP gallery show, “happyface.” He was comfortably tucked away in a tiny, closet-sized room separated by a curtain.

The University of Cincinnati College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning (DAAP) is partnering with an artist-led nonprofit organization to increase inclusive civic participation through its newest gallery exhibit.