IMPACT: Creativity for Civility, Diversity, and Inclusion Begins February 12

two men stand back to back with a white sheet twisted over their heads. the man on teh left is taller and heavily tattoed, the an on the right is shorter with a darker complexion.
“Gay in Trumpland,” Ron Amato, digital print.

IMPACT: Creativity for Civility, Diversity, and Inclusion, an interdisciplinary project supported by the FIT Diversity Council, opens Tuesday, February 12, with multiple exhibitions throughout campus.

Intended to amplify the importance of creativity for social impact, IMPACT is the third phase of the 2015-16 FIT Diversity Grants project Impactful Language, the second phase of which was a collaboration with Italian communication research center Fabrica.

The exhibitions—on view in five locations during overlapping periods beginning February 12, 2019—will bring together some of the most purposeful and impactful works from the FIT community and create a unique opportunity to underscore the notion of creativity for social good. The IMPACT project was initiated by Professor C.J. Yeh and Assistant Professor Christie Shin, both Communication Design Pathways, and co-coordinators of the Creative Technology and Design subject area.

“These exhibitions will demonstrate that FIT is not only an innovation center and a creative hub, but that its community members understand that it’s their responsibility to help others,” said Shin. “As creatives, we strive to produce transformative work that fosters and promotes positive social change.”

IMPACT exhibitions are as follows:

IMPACT: The Future Is Inclusive
Art and Design Gallery
Pomerantz Center
February 12–March 5, 2019
Creative work from faculty, staff, students, alumni, and industry professionals will be on view at the Art and Design Gallery at FIT. The theme of the space is “cultural diversity and inclusive society.” The exhibiting artists include: Ron Amato, Suzanne Anoushian, Thaddeus Coates, Soojin Han, William LowKam MakTroy Richards, Sakurako Shimizu, Dan ShefelmanJack Travis, Morgan Winter, and Wendy Yothers. A special Creative Technology class AR project, Swiss in Motion, created by Advertising & Digital Design BFA and Graphic Design BFA students will also be on view exhibition space in the Fred P. Pomerantz Art and Design Center.

IMPACT: All Change Starts with a Question 
Pomerantz Lobby Display Wall
February 12–28, 2019
A timeline that shows the history of the FIT Diversity Council’s grant projects from the past decade will be on view in the Pomerantz Center lobby.

IMPACT: Modern Passage
Creative Technology and Design Showcase and Media Displays
March 4–28, 2019
The theme for this media showcase is “History and Tradition as Inspiration.” This interactive site-specific installation comprises a series of video portraits featuring students in FIT’s Fashion Design MFA program. In the portraits, developed by Creative Technology and Design faculty and The Molecule, an innovation design studio in New York, the students are dressed in the traditional costumes of their native country. This image then transforms into an image of the students as they see themselves now, thus showing their passage from their history to the present.

IMPACT: Design for Good: Special Projects
Feldman Center Lobby Showcase
March 4–28, 2019
The Feldman Center Exhibition Showcase will be used to display projects from Interior Design, Film and Media, Packaging Design, and Toy Design. The theme for this space is “Creativity for a Better Future.”

IMPACT: Our Message to the World
Pomerantz Center Corridor Showcases
March 4–28, 2019
The theme of this display is “Voices from the Heart”; inspiring quotes from FIT community leaders will be on view.

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