Solange at the 2018 Met Gala. Nina Westervelt/BEI/Shutterstock
Graduating college students at The New School's Parsons School of Design in New York are getting a matriculation gift from Solange Knowles. Through her creative agency, Saint Heron, the award-winning musician and performance artist has partnered with the school to launch Here and Now, a digital festival that will act as a virtual celebration of the Class of 2020, who have been placed in “an unique and unexpected position” due to the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, says Jason Kass, the school's interim dean of fashion.
The festival will take place from June to August and feature online discussions, lectures, performances, films screenings, design workshops and mentorship opportunities to provide a space for “discovery and growth”, according to Kass.
In addition to showcasing the students end-of-the-year projects, Here and Now will also feature Metonymy, a 3D installation created in collaboration with Saint Herons creative team, artist Jacolby Satterwhite, and over 300 graduating students from the School of Fashion at Parsons.