On May 26 SVA officially became a member of Cumulus, the international association of 189 universities and colleges of art, design and media, at the organization’s annual general assembly in Helsinki, Finland. The event took place on the historic Toolo campus of the city’s renowned Aalto University, concluding a three-day gathering of 400 chief academic officers, educators and researchers from over 40 countries.
From architect Alvar Aalto to composer Jean Sibelius, some of the 20th century’s greatest creative minds have called Helsinki home and left their mark, making it a fitting place in which to consider the role of creative professionals in improving the quality of life in the world’s cities—the theme for this year’s Cumulus conference. In the course of over 80 presentations, attendees laid out models for artists and designers to become fully engaged in the betterment of their communities.
“With a continuously updated goal of designing a better world in a truly global context, Cumulus is a perfect fit for SVA,” said SVA Provost Jeffrey Nesin, who attended the conference along with MFA Interaction Design Department Chair Liz Danzico.
Also on the conference agenda was the New Members Fair, where SVA Executive Director of Admissions and Student Affairs Javier Vega and Director of Communication Michael Grant greeted representatives from European, Asian and Middle Eastern institutions seeking international exchanges and partnerships.
Helsinki’s art and design attractions are on full display this year as the city hosts numerous special exhibitions and events as part of the World Design Capital 2012 program. For details, click here.
Image: Cumulus President Christian Guellerin opens the conference. Photo credits: Katarzyna Balcerowska and Hanna Karkku.