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Request for Sponsorship Support - Society's Cage at the March on Washington and Architects Foundation Diversity Scholarship Program

  • 1.  Request for Sponsorship Support - Society's Cage at the March on Washington and Architects Foundation Diversity Scholarship Program

    Posted 08-12-2020 14:22
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    Dear Fellows,

    There has been a lot of great conversation and ideas to support and address Black Lives Matter. Our role in active Anti-Racism starts by acknowledging how Architecture and the built environment have contributed to stark outcomes of systemic injustice  - but also asks that we are active in creating solution to dismantle these systems. The NYTimes page is a great start. Additionally fundraising for scholarships is also valid. There is a new opportunity that I wanted to share with all of you that will be featured in August and sponsors will be recognized nationally in this effort as well with great impact.

    I am assisting with fundraising for Black Lives Matter Pavilion project called Society's Cage that is being led by a talented group of Black and Latinx designers and architects at SmithGroup as a pro bono effort that has built momentum. The team has secured a fantastic site on the National Mall for a temporary installation for the March on Washington, but there is hope that the pavilion will move around to multiple destinations long-term. We are currently seeking a broad range of sponsors to assist with the fabrication, permit and erection costs for the temporary site at the National Mall which will coincide with the March on Washington - on August 28, 2020. 

    All donations will be tax deductible, and will be collected by our partner organization, Architects Foundation (architectsfoundation.org) and any additional proceeds will go towards the Diversity Scholarship Program. We see this as a great opportunity to partner with the AIA - both with firms and members to communicate to society at large of our commitment to these critical and timely actions for justice, equity, diversity and inclusion.


    The latest draft of our sponsorship package is attached, which describes the design and inspiration behind Society's Cage. I think it is really impressive!


    We have defined sponsorship levels (listed on the attached package), and will provide recognition to sponsors on our website and through social media. We would greatly appreciate your support in sharing this request with your networks and a brief message of support to build sponsorship and awareness for this impactful project. Possibilities include having the exhibition travel or local fabrication and installations of the exhibit to build awareness of the intersectional issues in the built environment that have led to Black Lives Matter movement.


    With extreme gratitude.


    Rosa T. Sheng, FAIA
    Principal, SmithGroup - Director of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion