As a leading nonprofit design organization, AIGA NY believes inclusivity is essential to excellence and innovation.
We define inclusion as creating space where everyone is welcome and feels empowered to speak up, no matter who they are or what they look like. We believe design is meant to be inclusive, that diversity is inherent to excellence, and we commit to prioritizing intersectionality in all that we do.
After a series of town halls, roundtable discussions, and events that have provided opportunity for frank discussion on the topic of diversity, AIGA NY is launching cALL for Ideas, a public request for design-based proposals. Three (3) $7,500 grants will be awarded to applications who demonstrate creativity and innovation in their approach to fostering inclusion within the New York City design community.
The New York City design community is exceptionally talented, but falls short in reflecting the diversity of our city. Recent surveys suggest that as much as 73% of professional designers are Caucasian, whereas roughly 33% of New York City’s population identifies as non-Hispanic white. The explicit and implicit barriers that persist limit diversity, inclusion, and advancement. The cALL for Ideas initiative aims to support original ideas that move beyond restating the problem by proposing pointed action that will affect meaningful change within the NYC design community.
• Applicants will submit an online application
• Proposals are due March 30, 2018.
• Submissions will be reviewed by a panel of jurors from across the profession. Decisions will be announced four weeks later.
• Awarded projects are expected to conclude no later than December 2018
1) Online Application (refer to RFP instructions document)
a. Project Description
b. Definition of the community served
3) Relevant Work Samples (3) 2 page max.