See highlights from the 125th Anniversary Kickoff Weekend!
More than 1,200 alumni, students, families, and friends gathered at the Brooklyn Campus October 1 and 2 to launch 16 months of celebrating Pratt’s 125th anniversary.
The 125th Anniversary Kickoff Weekend was timed to coincide with the first day the Institute held classes on October 17, 1887. Twelve anniversary banners, honoring the 12 students who attended that first day, will remain suspended over Myrtle Avenue for the next 16 months.
“I haven’t been back since I graduated,” said Janine Manheim (B.F.A. Comm-D ’83), “I thought I’d see what’s going on, and it’s pretty great.”
The day of events featured open studios, tours, workshops in such skills as figure-drawing and pigment-making, along with lectures and exhibitions. Two dedication ceremonies honored generous alumni, including interior design alumna Hiroko Nakamoto whose gift supported improvements to Grand Walk, and trustee Bruce Newman (B.F.A. Interior Design ’53) who designed and donated a sculptural clock on campus.
The formal kickoff on Saturday evening—marked by music and dancing under the stars and a concert by the indie band Phantograms—was followed on Sunday by Pratt’s traditional President’s Brunch.
“It’s been great,” said Paul Morgan (B.F.A. Fashion Design ’90). “I went to three different events, and I continue to be impressed with all the improvements and enhancements on campus.”
Text: Adrienne Gyongy
Video: Jonathan Weitz, Corey Richardson, Cameron Frittz