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FIT News: New York Film + Fashion Hub in Brooklyn

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced that the city will transform large, under-used buildings in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, into a hub for fashion and film—and FIT will be a part of it.

The city is committing $136 million to create a Made in New York–branded campus at Sunset Park’s Bush Terminal, featuring modern and affordable space for garment manufacturing, film and TV production, and related services. FIT will deliver the initiative’s educational component by offering courses at the hub.

FIT’s program will launch this summer with two non-credit courses that will count toward a Creative Maker Certificate of Achievement in Ethical Design and Local Manufacturing Fundamentals. This certificate program is being offered through FIT’s Center for Continuing and Professional Studies.

The Made in New York garment manufacturing hub will provide 25-35 white-box spaces (ranging from 2,000 to 20,000 square feet,) to companies working in pattern-making, marking and grading, cutting and sewing, and sample making. The courses will be held at the nearby Brooklyn Army Terminal until Bush Terminal is complete in 2020.

Way to go, FIT!

Meli B

Vote For Stitch!

5th Annual Mascot Madess - 2017 logo

Hi Tigers!

Help represent FIT by voting for our beloved mascot, Stitch, in the 5th Annual SUNY 2017 Mascot Madness! Mascot Madness, the competition where students, faculty, staff, alumni, and fans of SUNY help to find New York’s favorite college mascot. This year, the 5th annual edition of the

This year, the tournament has 38 SUNY campuses participating for the title. Round 1 begins on Tuesday, March 14th from the New York State Capitol in Albany. Everyone is eligible to cast one vote every 12 hours for their favorite mascots.

With that being said, get to voting! * VOTE HERE *

SCHEDULE:

  • Round 1: March 14 (1:00) – March 17 (12:00)
  • Round 2: March 20 (12:00) – March 22 (4:00)
  • Round 3: March 24 (12:00) – March 27 (4:00)
  • Round 4: March 29 (12:00) – March 31 (4:00)
  • Round 5: April 3 (12:00) – April 5 (4:00)

Meli B

New Views 2017

Josephine Vargas, adjunct faculty member, Fashion Design–Art, “Swatching,” watercolor

Get a glimpse into the creative talent that underpins FIT’s School of Art and Design by visiting New Views 2017. This third annual large-scale faculty exhibition at FIT will showcase the work of more than 70 faculty members from across these disciplines through Sunday, March 5th, 2017 in the John E. Reeves Great Hall.

The School of Art and Design comprises 17 programs — Accessories Design, Advertising Design, Communication Design, Computer Animation and Interactive Media, Fabric Styling, Fashion Design, Fine Arts, Graphic Design, Illustration, Interior Design, Jewelry Design, Menswear, Packaging Design, Photography, Textile/Surface Design, Toy Design, and Visual Presentation and Exhibition Design.

New Views reflects the diversity of talent among the School of Art and Design’s faculty—many of whom are professional artists and designers—as well as FIT’s innovative curriculum, which is collaborative and interdisciplinary,” said Joseph Seipel, interim dean of the school.

This exhibition is free and open to the public. Bring your friends and help celebrate the creatives of FIT!

Exhibition Details:
Dates: February 27 – March 5, 2017
Exhibition hours: 9 am – 9 pm
Location: John E. Reeves Great Hall, FIT
Entrance: 28th Street, just west of Seventh Avenue

Meli B

#SustainabilityWeek

Hi Tigers,

Help raise environmental awareness throughout Sustainability Awareness Week!

In 2007, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg set the ambitious goal of reducing the city’s total greenhouse emissions 30% by 2030. He challenged 17 hospitals and universities, including FIT, to achieve this goal as quickly as possible.

In 2011, FIT was the first institution to meet the goal of a 30% reduction in carbon emissions. As of 2016, the college has achieved a 46% reduction, with a goal of a 50% reduction by 2025.

FIT accomplished this by updating the college’s heating, air-conditioning, and ventilation systems. Installing 16,000 energy-efficient light fixtures with occupancy sensors also made a big impact. Efficient hot water heaters, refrigerators, washer/dryers, windows, and even elevator controls reduce the college’s carbon footprint as well.

FIT continues to see improved energy efficiency by investing in cutting-edge climate-control systems for The Museum at FIT, the Gladys Marcus Library, and the residence halls.

Contribute to a greener campus and check out this week’s events, such as the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) info session and a Vegan Designer Panel with PETA. A full list of events can be found here.

Meli B

Central Park Five x Filmmaker Sarah Burns

Central Park Five and filmmaker Sarah Burns

FIT welcomes three members of the Central Park Five and filmmaker Sarah Burns to campus to present a 30-minute excerpt of the documentary, The Central Park Five, and to discuss history and current racial issues, as their case continues to resonate today.

A little history for you:

In 1989, five black and Latino teenagers were wrongly convicted for the rape of a white woman in Central Park. The Central Park Jogger Case, as it came to be known, was chronicled in a recent documentary titled The Central Park Five by Ken Burns, David McMahon, and Sarah Burns, who take the perspective of the five men whose lives were torn apart by the trials, wrongful convictions, and fights for justice.

This event will take place on February 15th and is presented by Professor Bernard L. Dillard, in collaboration with the Presidential Scholars Program and the Office of Educational Opportunity Programs.  It is sponsored by the President’s Diversity Grant and the UCE of FIT. Doors open at 4:45 pm; event begins at 5:45.

This event is free and open to the public; however, tickets are required. REGISTER HERE.

Hope to see you there!

Meli B