International Initiatives records

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RG 10

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International Initiatives records


  • 2000-2008 (Creation)


5 linear feet ( 10 boxes)

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(2001-2009 February)

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The International Initiatives department promoted the role of design and design-related enterprise on local, national, and international levels, and in many fields. It was established in 2001. Initially, Designmatters was part of the department, but when International Initiatives closed in February 2009, Designmatters was established as its own department.

The senior staff of International Initiatives:
Erica Clark: Senior Vice President, International Initiatives (2001-Feb. 2009)
Mariana Amatullo, Program Liaison, International Initiatives (2001-?);
Director, Designmatters and International Initiatives (?);
Vice President International Initiatives, Director Designmatters (April 2008-Feb. 2009);

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These International Initiatives files document the programs and projects of the department, including Designmatters, from its inception in 2001. The bulk of the collection, the files of Series 2, documents Designmatters projects such as the Nyumbani village in Kenya and class sponsorships. Series 3 contains materials related to the biennial Art Center Design Conference, from initial planning to post-conference feedback. The Centro de Diseño y Arte documented in Series 4 is a Mexican art school established under the guidance of Art Center faculty and staff. Departmental computer files are on CDs in Series 5. Series 6 consists of posters advertising Designmatters programs, as well as a few of student work.

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Series 1: Administrative Files
Series 2: Designmatters
Series 3: Art Center Design Conference
Series 4: Centro de Diseno y Arte
Series 5: Computer Files
Series 6: Posters

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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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Printed materials for the Art Center Design Conference are in the Special Events records (RG 8.01). DVDs of the Art Center Design Conferences 2004 and 2006, part of the Public Relations records (RG 8.07).

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