Monday, November 16, 2009

National Portfolio Day

On Saturday, November 14th, Parsons Scholars attended National Portfolio Day-- hosted by Pratt this year. This event is an opportunity for students interested in pursuing an education in the visual arts and design to meet with representatives from colleges accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.

Representatives from each school are available to review students' artwork, discuss their programs and answer questions about professional careers in art.

Students gain invaluable input from college reps regarding the portfolio portion of their college applications.

Senior scholars in attendance will build on feedback from their particular schools of interest before officially submitting their portfolios, while junior scholars are given the opportunity to have their work reviewed a year in advance while exploring different program options in order to be prepared for the upcoming application process.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Working Hard to Make it to India!

Nick Savvides, Parsons Scholar Alum (class of 2009 from Long Island City HS, Queens) is now studying Architecture as a freshman at Cornell. Nick has had a great experience so far, and can already see how his studies relate directly to making an impact on his community back in NYC.
He now has the opportunity to travel to India over Winter break, which will be an invaluable addition to his college experience.

If you know of anyone interested in supporting Nick and his classmates with a contribution, see below for more info on Nick's fundraising efforts through his school's organization for students of color. .. and spread the word!

In Nick's words: ""This Winter, I will be traveling with MOAPP, the Minority Organizationof Architects Artists and Planners, to India for a 2.5 weekservice-learning trip. While in India, my group will meet and work with various leaders and organizations, including leaders and organizations in architecture, workers' rights and employment, etc. For the service component of the trip, the group will volunteer at aschool in Mumbai, and help a respected Architecture firm build a small house. A big aspect of ourtrip will be to give up western culture and cope with problems of developing countries such as no electricity/water in some of theplaces we stay and eat amongst the local people."

How to donate:
Credit Card - Go to
Choose "Student and Academic Services" from the first pull down menuand enter "Minority Organization of Architecture, Art & Planning(MOAAP)" on the "other gift designation" line.

MOAAP is an established student organization on Cornell University‘scampus that represents the students of color in the College ofArchitecture, Art & Planning. We provide pre-professional programs toour members, invite guest speakers working in the design, architectureand planning fields, participate in philanthropic activities withlocal organizations and schools to promote the arts and planningdisciplines, and host socio-cultural events that reflect our diversebackgrounds and interests.

For more info, feel free to contact Nick through our blog.

Thanks for your support!
Good luck, Nick!!!

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Shooting Portfolios!

This Saturday, all the Senior scholars gathered to learn how to properly shoot digital photos of their work for their college application portfolios. Jes and Ananda walked through the process with each student. The work is looking really amazing!

Game Design!
Parsons Scholars (juniors) learned the basics of how to design video games on Saturday during a workshop after class.

Game design is something many of our students are intersted in pursuing in the future.
What a great opportunity to gain a better understanding of this field first-hand!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Pratt College Tour!

On Election Day, our group of Parsons Scholars (and friends) made a trip to Pratt's Brooklyn campus for a college tour.
Waiting for the G train.......
On our tour, in front of the Pratt Library

In the historical Steam Engine room

A beautiful group on a beautiful day in Brooklyn!