Bordo Bello goes to NYC!

Written by
Elysia Syriac
April 15, 2013

Yes, you read that right! We are shar­ing our awe­some local event, Bordo Bello with a brand new audi­ence this spring. 

AIGA Colorado is a chap­ter of a national orga­ni­za­tion: AIGA, the pro­fes­sional asso­ci­a­tion for design. We are one of 66 chap­ters around the nation and our head­quar­ters is located in New York City, on Fifth Avenue. Part of the loca­tion is the National Design Center that fea­tures a gallery open to the pub­lic through­out the year.

Recently we have been asked by AIGA’s national office to show­case our extra­or­di­nary event, Bordo Bello in this space! Hot dig­gity dog!

So what does that mean?

It means that we have a won­der­ful oppor­tu­nity to high­light our cre­ative com­mu­nity and all that Bordo Bello rep­re­sents to a national and inter­na­tional audi­ence. We are so proud of every­thing we have achieved with this event and it is a true honor to be able to bring our event to NYC.

To do this we are hav­ing a hybrid exhi­bi­tion that is part silent auc­tion & fundraiser that fea­tures new art­work and part ret­ro­spec­tive with art­work from pre­vi­ous Bordo Bello events.

This exhi­bi­tion is like no other we have done with Bordo Bello in the past. It will be up for more then one night! The exhibit opens April 22 — July 3 – and has a open­ing recep­tion on Wednesday, May 8th where we will bring our energy and excite­ment to NY to host this fundraiser.

Something that is also unique about this oppor­tu­nity is for us to col­lab­o­rate with other chap­ters. We have been closely work­ing with AIGA NY to get vol­un­teers, pro­mote and host the event. Also a new fea­ture of the fundraiser is that money raised will go back to each artist’s local AIGA chap­ter – some­thing no other chap­ter or event has ever done – to fund their local men­tor­ship activities.

Selection process

This was so hard! To curate the decks from pre­vi­ous events we reviewed all the works from the past 5 years, pulled some of the most admired and desired, see if we knew who might own them and went from there. We didn’t find all the decks we wanted for the show, but that is ok – we have a very amaz­ing set of pieces by a wide vari­ety of artists.

For new art­work, we asked some of the artists locally who have con­sis­tently been an inte­gral part of Bordo Bello’s suc­cess for mul­ti­ple years.  National artists were also cho­sen from across the coun­try with the same intent – artist & design­ers we are inspired by and want share our expe­ri­ence with!

The Exhibit

What is awe­some about this oppor­tu­nity is we get the chance to dis­play these skate­boards in a true museum fash­ion – and have it be avail­able for thou­sands of peo­ple to see. People who would have never been able to see these pieces, now can. It is also a huge oppor­tu­nity to show our artists in an art gallery on Fifth Ave. In addi­tion – this show will be up and cel­e­brated dur­ing NYC’s Design Week!

So, the exhibit will be up for about 10 weeks. April 22– July 3. Some fea­tures of the exhibit will include a Book Wall – where we have taken our cat­a­logs from the past 2 years and mounted them so peo­ple can check out the decks that we couldn’t bring to the show. The I Heart Denver Store was incred­i­ble in assist­ing in the devel­op­ment and exe­cu­tion of this process.

We also cre­ated a mini skatepark – using TechDecks and their sys­tem – for peo­ple to play with while vis­it­ing the exhibit. Just for fun we also branded some mini skate­boards with Bordo Bello’s offi­cial deck art from the past shows. We want to thank Design Platform & Soapoint Graphics for their help in mak­ing this happen.

And the most excit­ing thing is, we have part­nered with Mohawk Paper to cre­ate a sub­stan­tial win­dow instal­la­tion with local artists Harikrisnan Panicker and Deepti Nair.

Event Details

We couldn’t bring this to NYC with­out hav­ing some fun dur­ing our open­ing night! The open­ing recep­tion & silent auc­tion will be Wednesday, May 8th. We would love to see Coloradoans make a mass pil­grim­age to the event. But in case that can’t hap­pen – we will be offer­ing some of the new decks to be bid on via eBay, as we nor­mally do.

We are thrilled to be throw­ing a party in con­junc­tion with AIGA/NY and work with them to make this hap­pen. AIGA Colorado is look­ing for­ward to shar­ing this expe­ri­ence with a brand new audi­ence. So per the usual, Bordo Bello is doing it’s thing — going big and cel­e­brat­ing it’s cre­ative community.

Future of Bordo Bello

You may be ask­ing. Are we hav­ing a Bordo Bello in CO this fall then? Probably not – much of the team has been focused on this event this cal­en­dar year. But that doesn’t mean it can’t hap­pen! We are cur­rently look­ing for an event direc­tor for a Fall or Spring event – so if you are will­ing to par­tic­i­pat­ing at that level, please let us know.

And just one more thing…

AIGA Colorado can not tell you enough how proud and hon­ored we are of all of you who helped us make this hap­pen. It is all of your excite­ment, energy, time, inspi­ra­tion, and tal­ent that has brought Bordo Bello to a national level.

AIGA’s national design cen­ter has never seen any­thing like what we are bring­ing to them. Our chap­ter has been able to bring together a col­lec­tion of artists that would never have been shown together – or maybe at all – in a gallery set­ting. This col­lec­tion is an impor­tant tes­ta­ment to what our com­mu­nity offers in col­lab­o­ra­tion and col­lec­tive enthu­si­asm for improv­ing our world around us.

Thank you for mak­ing it hap­pen and we are hon­ored to rep­re­sent these efforts and be AIGA Colorado.

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