Solange's Saint Heron Spotlights the Work of Graduates at Parsons School of Design

Barry Samaha
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From Harper's BAZAAR

Graduating college seniors at Parsons School of Design are getting a little help from Solange Knowles. The award-winning musician and performance artist—through her creative agency, Saint Heron—has partnered with The New School’s Parsons School of Design to launch Here and Now, a virtual festival that will highlight the theses and final work of students in the university’s fashion program.

Indeed, since the coronavirus outbreak, many schools had to forgo programs and graduation ceremonies, following stay-at-home orders. This was especially taxing on art students who, by and large, prepared all year or sometimes longer on final projects, which were to be showcased at public-facing events. From fashion shows to presentations to installations, all were taken off the calendar, leaving all that tireless work by the wayside. For The New School, this was supposed to be held at the eighth annual Parsons Festival. But thanks to Knowles, all their efforts are getting the visibility they deserve.

“The Class of 2020 is in a unique and unexpected position,” said Jason Kass, interim dean for the School of Fashion at Parsons School of Design. “We are excited to partner with Saint Heron on a shared vision for extraordinary access and meaningful insight into our students’ work. With Here and Now, we are providing our graduating students and the creative community a space for discovery and growth.”

The online initiative, which will take place from June to August, will serve as a platform for students to display their work and tell their stories. It will also host lectures, film screenings, performances, design workshops, and other mentorship opportunities.

“We look forward to working with the students over the coming weeks and helping bring attention to their hard work and unique perspective,” said the Saint Heron team in a joint statement. “As the world confronts the challenges of our current global crisis, fashion and design communities must embrace new ways to pause, evolve, and adapt. These challenges open up opportunities to expand growth in our creativity and innovation—two expressions at the core of Saint Heron as well as Parsons’ students.”

Here and Now will be open for public viewing beginning in July online at Parsons.edu.

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