The graduating class of 2020 was put under tough circumstances this season due to COVID-19. Between operating through online classes, missing senior year activities and struggling through a global pandemic, this has not been a year of celebration. Many celebrities have tried to do their part and make those who have missed out on traditional graduation festivities feel special through the chaos. Singer, Solange Knowles, will be another kind soul added to that list.
Parsons’ School of Fashion is partnering with Solange Knowles and Saint Heron, a multidisciplinary creative group founded by Solange Knowles that expands cultural art, music and design, on an “immersive virtual festival designed to celebrate the thesis and capstone work of final-year students,” according to Teen Vogue.
The festival is bravely titled “Here and Now”, and allows students to have a space to expand their creative vision beyond the classroom. We can expect appearances by the artist herself and Jacobly Satterwhite, an artist and Saint Heron collaborator. It has been confirmed he will create a 3D installation called Meronymy.
“When we realized that we weren’t going to be able to hold our festival in the way we typically would, we started to brainstorm around what we could do, not just for the students, but also for the fashion industry and the creative community,” said Jason Kass, dean of Fashion at the Parsons School of Design. “Solange and the team at Saint Heron instantly came to mind. In these past weeks, so much of the focus has been on what has been taken away or lost. Right now feels like a moment to come together around that. We’re not seeing this as a consolation, but rather a new way of celebrating creativity.”
As of now, full details on the festival have yet to be released.