Because no creative is an island, the Hampton Roads Chapter of AIGA formed in March 2005. Our thriving community now has a bridge to everyone interested in the creative communication arts—inside and outside of our local area. The improved flow of ideas and communication across that bridge can only help raise awareness and professional standards for ourselves and for future generations.
The crew of writers, photographers, graphic designers, printers, electronic media professionals and other members of AIGA Hampton Roads hold to a threefold purpose:
— to offer its members a forum to exchange ideas, information, and recognition;
— fortify relationships between various vocations within the creative communications fields;
— and to be a resource of the multifaceted craft of communicating arts.
The mission of AIGA Hampton Roads is to promote the highest level of creative excellence and professionalism in the communication arts as a strategic tool for business and as a cultural force, and to provide leadership in the exchange of ideas and information, to encourage critical analysis and research, and to advance education and ethical practices for the communication arts community of Hampton Roads.
— To encourage excellence in the communication arts through a program of publications, exhibitions, competitions, lectures, and other projects in the public interest which fall within the meaning of section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended;
— To promote higher education in the communication arts through contact with and support of local educational institutions offering courses of study in the communication arts. To set up scholarship programs and otherwise aid communication arts students through portfolio reviews and other forms of professional counseling. To encourage research into the history and development of communication arts for the preservation and appreciation of past styles, techniques, and influences;
— To encourage and stimulate public interest in the communication arts through lectures, exhibitions, publications and other activities;
— To elevate standards of design and quality of production in the communication arts by encouraging the introduction and development of new methods, techniques, and materials;
— To create a forum for the exchange of information, views, styles, and techniques among those engaged in the communication arts;
— To fund the above-described programs through Membership dues, publication, lecture and exhibition fees and contributions from Members of the profession, the business community, the public, and local, state and national funding agencies.