Two first-year fine arts students at the University of Cincinnati have launched a student organization that they say aims to solve ongoing problems within the College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning (DAAP).

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.