Message from the President

September 2020

Several of you reached out to me personally asking about our Section’s diversity. We are pleased to be a part of the collaboration effort with the New York chapters of IALD, DLF, and WILD for Equity in Lighting Design (ELD), spearheaded by Elaine Cook of Moxie Lighting, Francesca Bastianini of Sighte Studio, and Lana Lenar of zeroLUX lighting design. The goal of ELD NYC is to commence a long-term initiative to address diversity and inclusion within the lighting community. Our hope is that we can strengthen this community by having it reflect the diversity of our country through the tools of outreach, educational events, and industry policy.

A survey was developed to help us determine a quantitative baseline of the demographics and background of the New York lighting community. Due to tremendous feedback, the survey deadline has been extended to September 14, 2020. We urge you to complete the survey and encourage your colleagues, bosses, and friends within the lighting community to fill it out as well. Click here for Survey

A shining point this month was the announcement of the Kelly Grant recipients. The Board of Directors of the Richard Kelly Grant selected two highly qualified lighting professionals, Trinetra Manickavasagam and Yulia Tyukhova PhD, LC, as recipients of this year’s Richard Kelly Grant. Read about the grant and the recipients here.

Each month, our Member of the Month feature helps us to get to know each other better. We added this highlight several years ago and it's been a lot of fun. This month is no exception. We are fortunate to be able to share with you our first Honorary Member of the Month. Jennifer Jaques is the past president of the IES (2019–2020). Jennifer is a good friend of our Section and she deserves our recognition. Read more about Jennifer here.

In July, we celebrated our Section’s 114th birthday. Our programs committee rolled out a great event that brought us all together, albeit virtually. We celebrated with a trivia contest that tested everyone's knowledge of lighting and the IESNYC. We also had several chat rooms available for everyone to gather and catch up. Our programs committee made sure we all had a great time. In case you missed it, you can see some of the fun we had! Click Here

Also, in July we announced our 2020 Lumen Award Winners. On behalf of the Section, I would once again like to congratulate the winners. I continue to hear from so many of you how much you appreciated our ability to do our best during these trying times.

July was also our first major social media campaign. We are delighted to see an increased interest to keep in touch. I invite you to follow us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter.

The fall season is here, and some great events are on the horizon. Make sure you visit our website to stay up to date, and don’t forget to follow us on social media!

Continue to take good care of yourselves and each other.

Best Regards,
Mike Barr, MIES
President, New York City Section of the IES