Corporate Partnerships records

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7-RG 7.05

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Corporate Partnerships records


  • 1960-2008 (Creation)


11.5 linear feet (25 boxes)

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Corporate Partnerships, formerly the Office of Strategic Partnerships and Corporate Giving, is responsible for establishing beneficial partnerships with companies and organizations to foster creative interaction among corporate partners, students, and faculty in the classroom. Many of these interactions are delivered via the Funded Educational Project (FEP) program, Sponsored Classroom program, and scholarships. Through these initiatives students and faculty have learned about different creative processes, new products, materials, and innovations unique to each corporate partner. [From the Art Center Website, February 2006] In 2008, the department changed its name from Corporate Relations to Corporate Giving. In Spring 2009, a separate newly formed department under Education called Educational Partnerships began managing the sponsored projects. In 2018 Educational Partnerships moved back to Development under the new name of Corporate Partnerships.

Directors of Corporate Giving and Office of Strategic Partnerships (according to school catalogs and this collection) are:
C. Richard Spiegel, 1985[?]-1991
Timothy Butte, 1991-1997
Jan Cromartie, 1998-1999
Geoff Wardle, 2000-2002[?]
Jean Swift, 2003[?]-2006
Molly Ann Mroczynski, 2007-2009
Karen Germaine, 2011 - 2013
Keisha McClellan, May 2013- Sept. 2014
Katie Kennedy, June 2015 - Sept. 2016
Regina Dowling-Jones, 2018-

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These files document the fundraising efforts of the department, which resulted in Sponsored Projects (alternatively known as Funded Educational Projects) and events such as Super Thursdays. The files were created by the former Directors, mainly Jan Cromartie, and staff of Corporate Giving from 1967 through 2007. The Administrative Files document the varied responsibilities and endeavors of the department. The Donor Files, in addition to donor histories and lead sheets, include correspondence files of major donors. The Events Files are related to the corporate donor-related events, such as recognition luncheons and Super Thursdays. The collection also includes Computer Files in a variety of formats.

The bulk of the collection is Sponsored Projects files. The files labeled by corporate sponsor name were project notebooks created by the department to document the final student work and Super Thursday presentations. The original notebooks also included slides and computer files of student work, and DVDs of presentations, all of which have been filed separately. The general Sponsored Projects files include those of Marty Smith (Chair, Product Design), faculty coordinator of the projects from 1990 to 1995, and contain correspondence with the corporate sponsors, as well as occasional documentation of the actual projects.

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Series 1: Administrative Files
Series 2: Design Associates
Series 3: Donor Files
Series 4: Events
Series 5: Sponsored Projects
Series 6: Scholarship Program
Series 7: Computer Files
Series 8: Videos

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Copyright held by Art Center College of Design (Pasadena, Calif.)

Digital materials and catalog records are made available for educational and research purposes only and cannot be reproduced, distributed, or published without written permission from Art Center College of Design.

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