Thursday, December 6, 2012

First AIA Central Valley Architecture Festival Wrap Up

Guest Writer: Kimberly Anderson, Executive Director of AIA Central Valley Chapter
What a busy, inspiring and fun couple of weeks it was!  The “Top of the City” was viewed; bikes were ridden past member’s projects, art and architectural landmarks and mid-century modern homes; films were screened and discussed; dialogues were initiated covering everything from regional identity to urban agriculture. Attendees sketched the city, partied over fabulous Hot Italian pizza, member architectural offices opened their doors to the general public. This is just a few of the ways the Festival re-energized the AIACV membership and elevated architecture in our region to a new level of visibility.
Here’s the Festival “by the numbers”:
·      23 Events
·      Approximately 750 people participated from the general public, allied organizations and the Chapter’s membership.
·      2,500 individuals were reached through Social Media and 16,000 visitors were welcomed to the Chapter website from mid-September to November 1st.
·      39 Financial and In-Kind sponsors—Williams + Paddon was one of our generous supporters!
·      Partnered with Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission, Sacramento Downtown Partnership, Crocker Art Museum, American Planning Association, Sacramento Modern, and the US Green Building Council/Capitol Branch.
·      Shared the Festival concept and events through media coverage via the Festival Guide produced and published by our Media Sponsor, Sactown Magazine, as well as articles and promotion by the Sacramento Bee, Sacramento Press, Capitol Public Radio, Sacramento Magazine, Sacramento 365, Comstock’s Magazine, and various regional blogs.

Also read, "Festival Spotlight: VISIONARY: Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG)" by Susan Rainier, Senior Project Manager at UC Davis Design & Construction Management.



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