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AIGA Houston East Satellite

In 2015, I received an AIGA Innovate grant of $5000 to develop the first ever satellite chapter that works in conjunction with a city chapter. I work closely with AIGA Houston to develop programming in the Beaumont area in order to provide better opportunities for local designers that cannot make it the 90 miles to Houston for events. Events included a software demonstration by an Adobe representative, a career lecture by The Creative Group, a local presentation about coding in graphic design, a journaling and goal setting workshop, a community brunch, and small business development workshop. Events were often designed to allow participation by both local professionals as well as students in the LU Department of Art, which has an active graphic design student group that I mentor.

Event Details
The main goal of the graphic design showcase was to allow students who did not create a thesis project an opportunity to display their work in the Dishman Art Museum. This presented a challenge as there was no time to schedule a full show. This temporary display was a one night only event that encouraged visitors to come and discuss the work with the students directly. Local designers came and often provided portfolio critiques. This also provided a great networking opportunity that landed job opportunities for multiple students after the showcase. Each time the event was hosted over 150 guests attended. After a curriculum redesign in 2013/2014, we found that most students were studying under the BFA program and completing thesis projects, thus the event was discontinued. Students in the BS program now have the option to display work in the new Student Organization Lounge (SOL) Gallery if they wish to have more exhibition opportunities.