NYCxDESIGN has announced that it is now an official NY not-for-profit corporation. The newly designated status positions the organization for long term success as it helps lead the response to rebuild and re-energize New York City as a design destination and creative hub.
As a city facing unprecedented challenges, NYCxDESIGN believes that design is part of the solution and will continue with its longstanding objectives of uniting creative industries, promoting the city's leadership in these sectors, and engaging and educating the public on the impact of design. Its work will be focused on the annual festival, as well as year-round activations, awards, podcasts, and publications, as well as the first-ever NYCxDESIGN grant focusing on entrepreneurship in independent design.
The not-for-profit will work closely with the NYCEDC as well as a board of directors and its long-standing Steering Committee of NY industry leaders representing design shows, districts, museums, schools, tourism groups, and associations.
"In 2019, the City of New York transitioned management of NYCxDESIGN to SANDOW, a company deeply rooted in design, to strengthen and grow the program," commented Program Director, Valerie Hoffman "After assessment by SANDOW and several members of the NYCxDESIGN Steering Committee, it was determined that NYCxDESIGN should transition to a not-for-profit entity to best serve our community. Core to the not-for-profit's values are diversity, purpose, cultural placemaking, economic opportunity, and creativity and inspiration. These pillars will serve as the foundation for all NYCxDESIGN programming and content. We are looking forward to new avenues of support and engaging more media and organizational partners in our work."