Love Letter: Carl Zimring

You might have heard that the BF+DA is closing June 30th. Lots of people have been expressing beautiful sentiments of how our work and the BF+DA has impacted them over the years and we are so touched and grateful.
It actually inspired us and made us think up a fun way to wrap up the past 5 years by inviting our community to write us “Love Letters.” Do you have one? Send it to
amy@bkaccelerator.com as soon as possible and we’ll publish it on our blog until our very last day June 30th. Hurry! We can’t wait to hear what you have to say and the impact the BF+DA had on you.

“One of the highlights of teaching Pratt’s Sustainable Core course is bringing undergraduates to the BF+DA to introduce them to the amazing work done there. Whether BF+DA Executive Director Deb Johnson or Center for Sustainable Design Strategies Director Carolyn Shafer showed the students the production facilities, venture fellows’ workspaces, s.Lab, and meeting places, the students were inevitably thrilled to see BF+DA’s approach to creative business practices. Visiting from semester to semester and year to year, I got to see businesses like Kirrin Finch and Make It Black grow and thrive. As an author, I was fortunate to participate in the BF+DA’s book fair and discuss sustainability with likeminded scholars and writers. At the end of every year, the Positive Impact Awards ceremony was a great way to toast the work of the year (and buy holiday gifts from the various venture fellows).

The mission of Pratt Institute is ‘to educate artists and creative professionals to be responsible contributors to society. Pratt seeks to instill in all graduates aesthetic judgment, professional knowledge, collaborative skills, and technical expertise.’ The BF+DA has been an inspiring force advancing that mission.

‘Make the Future Here.’ Even after June passes, I expect the lessons the BF+DA gave the venture fellows, Pratt’s students, and the world will continue to inspire people to make a more sustainable future.”

Carl Zimring, Professor Social Science & Cultural Studies, Pratt Institute

Don’t miss our final event June 3rd, MAINSTREAMING SUSTAINABILITY: A Conversation with Changemakers at a Time of Change. RSVP!