Art Center College of Design Launches Volunteer Initiative to Benefit Local Organizations

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“Art Center Takes Action: A Day of Service in Pasadena” Launched as part of the College’s 80th Anniversary Celebration

Poster designed by 6th term Advertising student Ray Allan David. High-resolution images available upon request.

Art Center has an exceptionally strong reputation with a global reach. It has made a positive difference in the world. There are moments, however, when we simply need to focus on our local community and respond to its needs.

Students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends of Art Center College of Design will join together for “Art Center Takes Action: A Day of Service in Pasadena,” a volunteer initiative launched in celebration of Art Center’s 80th Anniversary, it was announced today by College president, Dr. Lorne M. Buchman.

In making the announcement, Dr. Buchman said, “Art Center has an exceptionally strong reputation with a global reach. It has made a positive difference in the world. There are moments, however, when we simply need to focus on our local community and respond to its needs. The Pasadena community has been a significant factor in our success for years, and we must seek opportunities to give back in meaningful ways. ‘Art Center Takes Action’ is one of those important opportunities.”

Among the local organizations that Art Center volunteers will engage with include AIDS Service Center (http://www.aidsservicecenter.org), which develops and delivers services, advocacy and education tailored to improve the quality of life for those impacted by and at risk for HIV/AIDS; The Boys & Girls Clubs of Pasadena (http://www.bgcpasadena.org), whose goal is to improve the lives of children by helping them build self-assurance and develop leadership skills while reinforcing positive values; the Rose Bowl Operating Company (http://www.rosebowlstadium.com), which manages Pasadena’s historic stadium and professional quality golf course; and Villa Gardens Retirement Community (http://www.villagardens.org), one of the City’s premier retirement communities, which offers its residents opportunities both stimulating and relaxing.

Dean of students Jeffrey Hoffman said, “We strive to provide opportunities for our students to get the most out of their educational experience both inside and outside the classroom. Art Center’s Day of Service will provide such an opportunity for students from diverse backgrounds to build relationships with their local community—a place they call home.”

“AIDS Service Center depends on volunteers in the community to provide the services so necessary to our clients throughout Los Angeles County,” said Anthony Guthmiller, director of Development and Marketing for the AIDS Service Center. “Having Art Center step-up and volunteer their time and energy is a crucial part of our success.”

“Art Center Takes Action: A Day of Service in Pasadena” will kick-off at 8:00am on Saturday, June 12 at Pasadena’s Memorial Park. Volunteers will have breakfast with Dr. Buchman and representatives from participating organizations. From there, teams of Art Center volunteers will be dispatched to locations around the City to take on such tasks as collecting food, cleaning, beautification projects and special activities.

For more information, please contact Art Center’s Office of Public Relations at 626.396.2338.

Members of the media are welcome to join the volunteers throughout the day. Those interested in covering Art Center’s day of volunteer activities should contact Jered Gold, Director of Public Relations and Communications, at 626.396.2251 or jered(dot)gold(at)artcenter(dot)edu.

“‘Art Center Takes Action’ is more than just a one day effort,” Mr. Hoffman continued. “Since announcing the initiative, we’ve really sparked an interest among the student body to get involved in the Pasadena community. And in reaching out to local organizations—even more than those that are participating in the Day of Service—we’ve already begun to build a network of campus community members willing and eager to give back to their local community.”

Advertising student Ray Allan David said, “I’m really excited to take part in Art Center’s Day of Service. It is important to me as an individual to give back to my community and I’m proud of Art Center’s commitment to the many organizations that rely on volunteer assistance throughout the City of Pasadena.”

Founded in 1930, Art Center College of Design is celebrating its 80th anniversary throughout 2010. Renowned for imbuing graduates with a commitment to both professional practice and commercial success, Art Center provides many opportunities for students to explore responsible design through social, humanitarian and sustainable initiatives. The College also places a growing emphasis on providing students with a well-rounded education, building on its already substantial curriculum in the humanities and design sciences.

The student body of Art Center College of Design is a vibrant mix of local, national and international students who are guided in their creative development by a distinguished faculty, most of whom are practicing professionals. During the College's 80-year history, Art Center's diverse alumni have had a profound impact on our culture, the way we live, and important issues in our society. Art Center Takes Action: A Day of Service in Pasadena is a natural extension of that commitment to providing real-world education to tomorrow’s designers today.

Visit Art Center’s official blog, The Dotted Lone, for daily updates about the College’s programs and events, including “Art Center Takes Action” and other 80th Anniversary activities: http://www.artcenter.edu/dottedline.

Art Center College of Design (http://www.artcenter.edu) is a global leader in art and design education and the first design school to receive the United Nations’ Non- Governmental Organization (NGO) status. Art Center offers bachelor’s degrees in advertising, entertainment design, environmental design, film, fine art, graphic design, illustration, photography and imaging, product design and transportation design. A graduate program of study can lead to a master’s degree in art, broadcast cinema, industrial design and media design. The College also offers a series of programs for the general public, including Art Center at Night, its continuing studies program; Saturday High for high school students; Art Center for Kids for children in the fourth through eighth grades; and the Design-Based Learning program for K-12 educators.

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