Parsons School of Design and the concept of new

My New School and Parsons alumni and invitational mailings used to go to my Provincetown P.O. Box, which typically meant I would get them sometime in March. This happened for a good chunk of the last fifteen years.

I was more than fine catching up on Parsons mail once a year or so, but that kind of schedule did prevent me from staying current on key events and activities the school would hold in New York City throughout the year.

I got this invitation in New York last month. It’s the first alumni mailing I’ve received from Parsons since moving back to New York City a couple years ago.

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I will likely go to this October event given I appreciate how Parsons seems to be a bit ahead of the curve when it comes to incorporating augmented, mixed and virtual reality into its design curriculum.

I’ve been researching – and working with – some of these next generation design tools from a marketing and technology perspective for quite some time. I’m anxious to see what Parsons is teaching – and what students may be delivering – when it comes to these incredibility interesting and fast-moving initiatives.

I like the design of this semi-glossy mailer. It has a clean look with a bold and simple message and a stylish and fun-to-look-at logo and font.

While the concept of “new” can be overused in parts of the art world, I think the term fits perfectly when it comes to the focus of this event and some of the cutting-edge work Parsons and its faculty and students are know for among art and design communities worldwide. – Russ DeVeau

 

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Forest Hills Stadium summer concert series

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I went with colleagues and friends to see the Belle and Sebastian concert at the Forest Hills Stadium last Friday night. It was a fantastic show performed in an almost sold out venue.

I had never seen a Belle and Sebastian concert before. Their fans are a fun – and appear to be an incredibly loyal – crowd. Everyone in my group had a great time.

I lived on Burns Street – on the first floor of 736 Burns Street – in Forest Hills Gardens for a few years several years ago. The stadium was pretty much abandoned and in need of extensive repairs during the years when I lived in the area. At that time, there was a lot of talk about razing the facility and turning the property into a condominium complex.

I moved away from the Gardens in the mid-2000s to work in Europe – spending time with clients in London and Paris – and to live and work in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and Provincetown, Massachusetts. Fast-forward to today and I’m back in Forest Hills – this time on 71st Avenue – and the Forest Hills Stadium appears to be thriving.

The Belle and Sebastian performance marked the kick-off of what is now the fifth year of summer concerts to be held at the stadium since renovations to the facility have occurred. The historic building – which in its day has hosted the infamous Billie Jean King and Bobbi Riggs ‘tennis match of the sexes,’ and performances from superstars such as  The Beatles, Barbara Streisand and Frank Sinatra – looks great and was staffed with an incredible number of super friendly people.

I am always reminded of my days working at Hartford College for Women (HCW) whenever I spend time in Forest Hills Gardens. This is because the HCW campus is located in the West End of Hartford, Connecticut, a neighborhood that includes stately homes and mansions that were built around the time many of the homes in Forest Hills Gardens were built, and because Forest Hills Gardens and portions of the HCW campus were originally landscaped by the Olmsted brothers and Frederick Law Olmsted.

And then there’s Billie Jean King…I had the opportunity to meet Billie Jean King in person on the Hartford College for Women campus as part of  a program my office coordinated with the Connecticut Forum’s American Women in Focus event. Today, Billie Jean King’s picture is featured throughout Forest Hills Stadium and in a very cool and relatively new street mural on a wall under the Forest Hills train station bridge on 71st Avenue, one of the main roads leading into Forest Hills Gardens. The images honor Billie Jean King’s tennis successes and her ties to the Forest Hills tennis center and stadium.

We had incredibly nice weather for the Belle and Sebastian concert. The weather matters given – and just like the main green on the Hartford College for Women campus where summer concerts were held – the Forest Hills Stadium is an outside, no roof venue.

Check out the Forest Hills Stadium performance schedule here. – Russ DeVeau