NYDesigns supports and promotes design entrepreneurs from all backgrounds and stages of growth. Initiatives include: a business incubation program for design companies at critical stages of growth; a membership-based fabrication shop for design businesses and professionals; professional classes, workshops and events responsive to developments in the creative industry; and a community forum investigating issues significant to the design professions, anchored both physically at our headquarters in Long Island City, Queens and virtually at www.nydesigns.org. In 2010, NYDesigns published Créate: Diseñadores de Nueva York, a report on Latino participation in the New York City design economy funded by the Small Business Administration.
Launched in response to an unprecedented demand for creative talent in the Hispanic media, the ¿Hablas Diseño? program at the School of Visual Arts (SVA) offers students the opportunity to gain professional credentials in a growing market through coursework tailored to the unique cultural voice of Hispanic-Americans. The Division of Continuing Education at SVA offers a broad curriculum for personal enrichment and professional development encompassing visual communications, entertainment media, and fine arts, as well as corporate training and courses for undergraduate credit. For further details visit www.sva.edu/ce.