Posted on: July 19, 2016
The East Bay City Center’s 4th annual Design in Motion Charity Gala and bag auction was a huge success and raised an amazing $10,000. We couldn’t have made this event such a success without our event sponsors! Thank you to everyone who was able to join us on this special night! See below for event photos and a video.
About Design in Motion 2016
This year’s Design in Motion Charity Gala aligned with the IIDA Northern California Philanthropic theme for 2016 – “Design for Dignity”. This year’s program benefitted Youth Uprising, an organization dedicated to transforming Oakland into a healthy and economically robust community by developing the leadership of youth and young adults and improving the systems that impact them. Through services and programs that increase wellbeing, community connection, educational attainment, and career achievement, Youth Uprisings is providing their students with exposure to alternate paths in their lives and careers.
Representatives from Youth Uprising spoke and provided both a broad overview of the charity’s goals as well as a very personal story from a former student at Youth Uprising who told us what that experience had meant to her and how Youth Uprising had changed her life for the better.
We were also joined by Anne Fougeron of Fougeron Architecture as a guest speaker to discuss the issues around diversity in the design industry. Anne spoke about her experience as a minority in the field of architecture and encouraged us to consider how our industry can be more inclusive of all races and genders, especially in positions of leadership. The message of the night was not only how can we appreciate the work Youth Uprising is doing, but how can we also reach out to our communities of underpriviledged youth and educate them about design as a career path? It’s not just the right thing to do, it’s essential for our industry’s success because a well rounded and diverse point of view can produce better design solutions that are representative of the entire population.
About the Bag Auction
The night ended with a silent auction of 25 beautiful bags that had been hand decorated by students from Youth Uprising as well as designers from firms all over the bay area. Awards were given for the bag concept that best represented diversity, the most creative use of materials, most stylish, and most impressive bag transformation. We’d like to give a huge thank you to all of the designers who donated their time to create a one of a kind bag for Design in Motion. Each one was a work of art.
Thank You Sponsors
CSG + Gunlocke + Allsteel
The Mohawk Group
AAI – Architecture & Interior Design
Steelcase / Designtex / Coalesse
GH Group, Inc.
Spinneybeck/Filzfelt + Knoll
Video by: Tech Minds
Photos by: Kat Ma Photography