Newark, NJ (PRWEB) November 08, 2013
The All Stars Project of New Jersey Scott Flamm Center for Afterschool Development was awarded the silver medal in the Interiors/Featured Element Non-Residential category at the 20th annual American Institute of Architects (AIA) Newark and Suburban Design Awards.
The center, which opened in March, is the first performing arts and youth development space to open in Newark, bringing All Stars’ free community-building and cultural activities to young people and their families in and around the city.
The center, conceived as a “station for development and creativity,” includes waiting areas, performance spaces, ticketing for young people and adults, workstations for staff and volunteers, and an information kiosk topped with a 14-foot-high reproduction of a railway station clock.
“I’m happy that the center is being recognized for its important role in serving the Newark and suburban communities,” said architect and All Stars Project National Board Member Douglas Balder. “I am honored to have been a part of its creation, and I look forward to seeing the impact it will have on the development of young people and adults.”
Since 1993, the Newark and Suburban Design Awards celebrates the outstanding achievements of its AIA member firms. This year’s awards were held Thursday, October 17, at the Morris Museum in Morristown, NJ. Jurors lauded this adaptive reuse project for its civic agenda and the manner in which it engages its neighborhood, calling the design “fun, cost-effective, honest, and straightforward.”
“Doug couldn’t have designed a more beautiful, functional and welcoming space for our young people and their families,” said All Stars Project of NJ Director Gloria Strickland. “The center allows us to open our doors to thousands of young people looking to grow. It’s a world-class ‘station for development’ right here in the heart of the Newark arts district – a place for young people to perform, connect with new communities and take a developmental journey.”
Balder designed the center pro bono. Posen Architects is the architect of record, and Hollister Construction Services completed the interior renovation.
About the All Stars Project (ASP): Founded in 1981, the trailblazing All Stars Project reaches 10,000 young people each year in NYC, New Jersey, Chicago, the San Francisco Bay Area and Dallas. All Stars has been a pioneer in the movement to use performance, on-stage and off, to help young people from poor communities to develop. Its core programs are the All Stars Talent Show Network and the Development School for Youth. All Stars is 100% privately funded. Over three decades, tens of thousands of individual philanthropists nationwide have donated $80 million and millions of hours of personal time to share their lives, their expertise, their workplace and their homes with disadvantaged young people.