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If you cannot read this message (html) please go to The Next OBD meeting is set for Saturday, July 12 at 1740 West 99th Street, 2-4pm.



The Organization of Black Designers Chicago would like to formally thank all who sponsored, volunteered and attended the I-Event on June 16th at The District! Everybody who attended helped to contribute to its success, especially Dr. Calvin Ashford Jr. OBD awarded the accomplished Interior Designer (of over 20 years) our Design Pioneer award, the highlight of the evening. (pictured left) OBD's Interior Designers, or "I-Group", wanted to make known Dr. Ashford's achievements and the presence of other African-American designers in the field of Interior Design.

Another highlight of the evening was the raffle, with prizes such as original artwork, a spa certificate, and two Chicago Architectural Foundation river boat tour tickets. All proceeds for the evening, including the raffle, went to OBD Chicago's mentoring program Project Osmosis and our College Portfolio Review. Project Osmosis was created to help fill a void in design/arts instruction in Chicago's public schools, while the portfolio review for college students helps prepares them for employment after graduation.

Interested in how you can help next year? Or what other activities and programs OBD sponsors? Perhaps you can join us at our next meeting! The Next OBD meeting is set for Satuday, July 12, at 1740 West 99th Street, 2-4pm. For more information please go to

See you next year!

Picture of Pioneer Award Recipient Calvin Ashford Jr., Behind him are OBD members: (left to right) Michael Thompson, Michelle McKight, Nasira Steward, Stacey Ellis and Afiya Adams


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