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Oct 11, 2013

SAIC Earns the JedCampus Seal from the Jed Foundation

The JedCampus Seal recognizes schools that exhibit comprehensive mental health promotion and suicide prevention programming on campus. Only 30 institutions nationwide received this distinction, which is valid for two years. The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) has been awarded the JedCampus Seal from the Jed Foundation, a leading organization working to promote emotional health and prevent suicide among college and university students. The Seal recognizes schools that exhibit...


Creative Minds Transforming Society
Oct 10, 2013

A Closer Look at Creative Careers

As creativity plays a bigger and bigger part in today’s economy, the skills learned at an art and design school are more valuable than ever. This was one of the takeaways at a networking event held in Manhattan last week by the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design (AICAD), a non-profit consortium of 43 leading institutions in the US and Canada of which SVA is a founding member. The event brought together journalists, alumni, presidents and provosts from AICAD colleges. SVA...


Oct 07, 2013

Boost Creativity in Classrooms With Cue from Art, Design Schools

When Rhode Island School of Design alumni Brian Chesky and Joe Gebbia saw a shortage of hotel accommodations for the 2007 Industrial Design Conference in San Francisco, they turned their apartment’s living room into a bed and breakfast, accommodating three guests on air mattresses and providing a homemade breakfast. Chesky and Gebbia weren’t necessarily looking to become hotel moguls. Rather, they saw a problem, linked it to an opportunity -- unused space in people’s homes -- and created...


Sep 16, 2013

Common Core Standards for Arts Education

There is a growing movement in K-12 education to have states adopt Common Core Standards across all subject areas. The intent is to assure the highest standards are met by schools regardless of location. As a consortium of art and design colleges, we are of course interested in seeing students across the country have access to quality arts education in their elementary, middle and high school years. We believe that this is a critical part of a comprehensive education, whether or not a...


Still photo from the filmWith its runaway successes at Sundance and Cannes, the atmospheric, deeply allegorical movie Beasts of the Southern Wild has taken the film world by storm. The New York Times hailed the low-budget work as “a blast of sheer, improbable joy.” Beasts, which won the top Grand Jury Prize at Sundance and the Camera D’Or prize
Mar 25, 2013

RISD Alums Contribute to Beasts of the Southern Wild

With its runaway successes at Sundance and Cannes, the atmospheric, deeply allegorical movie Beasts of the Southern Wild has taken the film world by storm. The New York Times hailed the low-budget work as “a blast of sheer, improbable joy.” Beasts, which won the top Grand Jury Prize at Sundance and the Camera D’Or prize at Cannes, is already generating early Oscar buzz – not just for its narrative impact but for its raw visual power as well. The coming-of-age tale, which opened in...