Category Archives: Events in NYC

Wall Writings at FIT

This fall, the brick wall on FIT’s 28th Street side got a makeover with student paintings and poems that reflect the uncertain world we live in. The interdisciplinary project came to life after Amy Lemmon, professor of English and Communication Studies, read one of her poems at the Academic Open Mic, a biannual event that brings together faculty from across FIT’s diverse curriculum to share creative and scholarly achievements.

Lemmon’s poem reads:

“That was it, the time we had
no alternative but had to walk past
the site, the fright of shrapnel, and we might
glaze over it’s been so long
since we felt safe—
we are never safe, never safe”

Dan Shefelman, assistant professor of Illustration, was inspired by the poem, and together they came up with #BrickFIT: the words of student poets would share wall space with paintings by fourth-year Illustration students. “There’s a close connection between illustration and ideas,” Shefelman says. “I’ve always felt that an illustration department should be working with writers, and this was a perfect fit.”

Proof that words are POWERFUL. Thanks for the inspiration, FIT!

Meli B

New York Cares Coat Drive

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Starting in November, FIT was working in conjunction with the nonprofit New York Cares on its annual Coat Drive leading up to the new year. The organization’s city-wide effort aims to collect 125,000 coats each year and distribute them to New Yorkers who need them most in the colder months. The Coat Drive has been running for 27 years, having collected and distributed 1.7 million winter coats to date. Boxes were placed in all building lobbies where members of the community could drop off donations.

The Department of Public Safety partnered with New York Cares to initiate FIT’s first-ever coat drive to help homeless New Yorkers. The college’s drive was from November 20th to December 20th. The department is proud to report that a total of 104 coats were donated to the New York Cares distribution center on behalf of FIT.

Great participation, FIT! For more information about New York Cares and how to get involved, click here.

Meli B

Christmas Shopping at Chelsea Market

christmas-gifts-to-ukraineHey there!

Hope all your finals are going well so far… As we all know we don’t only have to worry about finals, but Christmas shopping too. What gifts to get, who to gift them too etc. Each year I wait last minute to do all my Christmas shopping, and every year I freak out, because I don’t know what to get and I’m under time pressure.

The other day I was close to Chelsea Market and decided to go in. Best decision ever! Literally if you don’t know what to get your friends and family, you’ll definitely find something there. There are tones of small little markets, who sell really unique and one of a kind products. I feel like anything you get there would make a perfect gift, because it’s things you don’t find everywhere. Also if you want to get into the Christmas spirit, walking under all the fairy lights and stands, will put you in the mood!

xoxo

Zorya

The Kaleidoscope Dream at FIT

There is nothing more that I love than to see the brilliant and creative minds at FIT come together to create something breathtaking.

“Kaleidoscope Dream,” a student-produced fashion show by Runway27, lived up to its name in November, sending models down the runway wearing every color of the rainbow. While the vibrant styling drew the crowd’s attention, the real stars of the show were working behind the scenes, wearing all black.

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Runway27, a student club comprising students from the School of Art and Design, the School of Liberal Arts, and the Jay and Patty Baker School of Business and Technology, works year round to put on this annual show. Splitting into three committees—merchandising, production, and public relations—students gain hands-on experience, learning the ins and outs of the business. The final looks were from both FIT’s own student designers and industry sponsors, including Sam Edelman, Calvin Klein, and other fashion companies.

Congratulations to Runway27 for yet another spectacular evening!

Meli B

FIT’s First Youth Delegate to the United Nations

Gabriella Manduca, FIT’s first student delegate to the United Nations, is well on her way to make a difference in the world.

Manduca, a seventh-semester International Trade and Marketing student, became a youth delegate this fall through one such NGO partner, NAFSA: Association of International Educators, the world’s largest nonprofit dedicated to international education and cultural exchange. As one of two NAFSA youth delegates, she attends the U.N. briefings and summarizes them for the association’s blog. She also encourages other students, including her FIT classmates, to engage with the U.N.

The U.N. Department of Public Information partners with more than 1,300 nongovernmental organizations, which meet for weekly briefings at U.N. headquarters in New York City. These NGOs send delegates to report on the briefings, which cover hot-button issues such as education, poverty, and the refugee crisis.

Manduca is passionate about fighting the sale of counterfeit goods, which is connected to organized crime and human-rights abuses. A 2014–15 Museum at FIT exhibition, Faking It: Originals, Copies, and Counterfeits, made her aware of this global problem, and her ITM classes galvanized her further. She applied to be a NAFSA delegate to broaden her understanding of the global stage.

“A lot of people making sustainable innovations don’t realize they can make a difference on the scale of the U.N.,” Manduca said. “I thought this could be an opportunity to start that conversation here at FIT.”

Congratulations to our fellow Tiger, Gabriella!

Melinda Batista