Faculty member tapped to co-lead national young talent initiative

Adam Drisin, the senior associate dean of the College of Architecture + The Arts, has been tapped to serve as the founding co-director of the YoungArts Foundation’s new design arts discipline. Drisin is tasked with assisting the foundation in supporting emerging young talent in the literary, performing and visual arts areas. The new design arts discipline area is inclusive of architecture, landscape architecture, interior design, industrial or object design product, as well as graphic design, gaming and interaction design. Drisin is joined by Co-Director Helen Maria Nugent of the School of The Art Institute of Chicago’s Designed Objects Program.

adamThis January, during YoungArts week, Drisin and Nugent will teach an inaugural group of 12 national winners in design. The winners will join 160 of their peers from the nine arts disciplines for an intensive week of learning, designing, making and exhibiting. Six recent graduates from FIU’s School of Architecture will serve as design teaching assistants for the masterclass. The National YoungArts Foundation 2014 YoungArts Week will conclude with a two-hour presentation and discussion, “Design Now, Design Futures,” with international stars of design and architecture Paola Antonelli and Frank Gehry. The discussion will be moderated by Professors Drisin and Nugent.

At the request of the Commission on Presidential Scholars, which is appointed by the President of the United States, YoungArts serves as the exclusive nominating agency for the U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts – the country’s highest honor for artistically talented high school seniors. As part of his new duties, Drisin will be tasked with nominating the Presidential Scholars in design.

“The National YoungArts Foundation could have gone to any university in our nation and found willing collaborators” Drisin says. “That they came to FIU’s College of Architecture + The Arts to seek out area experts is truly an honor and a privilege.  As co-director of Design Arts for YoungArts, a goal will be to find opportunities for collaboration between The YoungArts Foundation and my colleagues here FIU.  As Rick says in the movie Casablanca, ‘I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.'”

YoungArts – established in 1981 by Lin and Ted Arison – reaches students in every state and assists them at critical junctures in their educational and professional development. YoungArts provides aspiring artists with life-changing experiences to help ensure that the nation’s most outstanding emerging artists are encouraged to pursue careers in the arts. To date, the national foundation has honored more than 17,000 young artists with more than $6 million in awards; facilitated more than $150 million in college scholarship opportunities; and enabled its participants to work with master teachers who are among the most distinguished artists in the world.


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