HIGH POINT — The Bienenstock Furniture Library is launching a fundraising campaign to support its inaugural Future Designers Summit, scheduled for Sep. 20-22.
The fall conference will be an educational experience for future design leaders focused in furnishings, textiles, lighting, interiors, architecture and related products.
U.S.-based students may submit applications by Feb. 28 for a maximum of 50 available spots, with the winners to be announced in April.
“The future of our industry requires that we engage and nurture young talent now,” said Karla Jones, executive director of Bienenstock Furniture Library. “Our mission is to empower students to reach the full height of their creative potential by exposing them to a variety of opportunities within the industry before they graduate.”
Participants in the three-day event will have access to an opening reception, a roster of keynote speakers, manufacturing and other facility tours, and breakout sessions moderated by industry professionals.
Event sponsors and contributors help to offset the costs of travel, accommodations and meals for each student attendee, as well as to cover expenses for program development and marketing.
Early commitments at the company sponsorship levels include Broyhill Family Foundation, Davis Furniture, Otto & Moore Inc., Furniture World magazine, Savour Partnership and the Tomlinson group of furniture brands.
Friends of the Library commitments include Cohab Space, Congdon Yards, Eicholz, Fairfield, High Point Theatre, High Point Visitors Bureau, HPxD, Phillips Collection and Verellen.