SMBW is committed to the education of emerging design talent. Over the past 30 years, the firm has focused on connecting with the academic community to mentor, collaborate, and support student work through internships and externships, open studios, critiques, mentoring, teaching, and scholarship opportunities. We hope to inspire and support the next generation of black creative leaders through the award of this scholarship.
Shine the Light was born from the desire to celebrate contemporary black RVA creators in the Arts and Design fields while encouraging young emerging talent to pursue a professional career path in design. This series of creator conversations is a platform to share their work, stories, challenges, and social activism.