Sappi Fine Paper North America Announces Grant Recipients for the 12th Annual Ideas that Matter Program

BOSTON – Sappi Fine Paper North America today announced the 22 grant recipients for its 12th annual Ideas that Matter- a grant program that recognizes and supports designers who generously donate their time and talent to a wide range of charitable causes. Since 1999, Sappi's Ideas that Matter program has awarded over $12 million worldwide in grants to designers around the globe. This year's winning projects represent a wide range of social, cultural, and environmental issues and were selected based on the proposal's creativity, potential impact and ability to implement real change.

The selected proposals were determined by an independent judging panel of leaders from the design profession. This year's judges, all widely recognized for their forward-thinking commitment to design for social good, included Allan Chochinov of, New York, N.Y.; Oliver Munday of Oliver Munday {group}, New York, N.Y.; Dawn Hancock, Firebelly Design, Chicago, Ill.; Petrula Vrontikis, Art Center College, Pasadena, Calif; and Kit Hinrichs, Studio Hinrichs, San Francisco, Calif.

"Sappi Fine Paper North America is proud to continue supporting Ideas that Matter, as it's a testament to how well-executed design can have a positive, exponential effect in the communities served by the nonprofit," said Patti Groh, Marketing Director, Sappi Fine Paper North America.

The 2011 Ideas that Matter grant recipients are:

Brad Bartlett, Brad Bartlett Design (Glendale, Calif.) Art + Environment Conference ,Field Guide - a robust booklet to serve as a guide for the program Nevada Museum of Art -presenting diverse creative perspectives by showcasing an inspired range of regional, national and international artists

Clifton Burt, Office of Clifton Burt,(Portland, Ore.) Rural Studio Identity Campaign - helping Rural Studio deliver its message through a website, brochure, newsletter, and poster Auburn University Foundation /Rural Studio - giving Hale County architectural students a more hands on experience

Craig Frazier, Craig Frazier Design (MillValley, Calif.) The Oxbow School Story -sharing the founding message and mission of the school through video and print The Oxbow School - combining visual arts with academics to help students embrace the responsibility for their own learning and lives

Christine Gaspar, The Center for Urban Pedagogy (Brooklyn, N.Y.) Fracking and its Impacts - visual presentation to explain fracking and its impacts on public health Damascus Citizens for Sustainability - grassroots conservation organization protecting Delaware River from deep-shale gas extraction

Doug Hebert, Savage Design (Houston, Texas) GLSEN Houston Student and Educator Brochures - educational pieces to support educators and inform target audiences

GLSEN Houston - assuring each member of every school community is valued and respected regardless of sexual orientation

Michael Konetzka, Dennis/Konetzka Design Group (Chicago, Ill.) Life Pieces to Masterpieces, 15th Anniversary Catalog - prime vehicle to generate income for the organization Life Pieces to Masterpieces - engages African American boys and young men to discover inner creative abilities

Denise Korn, Korn Design (Boston, Mass.) Youth Design's Communication + Marketing Toolkit for the Next Generation of Youth Designers - updating printed external communications and support for Time for Design competition Youth Design - summer mentorship program placing urban youth into paid summer internships with design firms

Lillian Lee, Recent MFA Graduate SVA (New York, N.Y.) The Grand Assembly - documenting the lives of older creatives through video profile pieces, an exhibition and catalogue The Carter Burden Center for the Aging - promoting the wellbeing of seniors through a continuum of services

Shannon Losorelli, Parallel Play (Pasadena, Calif.) Young Author's Book Project - a book that will showcase the writings of more than 50 LA area public school students 826LA - helping students ages 6-18 with their expository and creative writing skills

Whalen Louis, IZM Design (Park City, Utah) DesignBuildBLUFF Brochure 2011/12 - a calling card where powerful design will bring words and images together DesignBuildBLUFF -building environmentally sustainable homes in the Navajo Nation

Alanna MacGowan & Benjamin K. Shown, The Hello Poster Show (Seattle, Wash.) The Hello Poster Show - silkscreened posters from international designers to be sold to generate funds for Youth in Focus Youth in Focus - empowering urban youth through photography

Marc Moscato, The Dill Pickle Club (Portland, Ore.) City Works Poster Series - information design and graphics presented in an engaging way to help make complex policy issues easier to understand and to act upon

The Dill Pickle Club -broadening knowledge of Portlands past, present and future through tours, programs, and publications

Silas Munro, Housing Works (New York, N.Y.) The Key - a broadsheet of informational photographs, client stories and diagrams Housing Works - healing community for those living and affected by HIV/AIDS

De Nichols, COMMON Hoops (Greensboro, Ala.) COMMON Hoops and Playbook - informational materials supporting the organization's mission to engage minority youth through job creation, skills teaching and recreational activities HERO -catalyzing community development in the Alabama Black Belt to end rural poverty

Emily Pilloton, Project H Design (Windsor, N.C.) Studio H - information design and graphics to support and expand "Super Stands," small farm stands that double as school bus stops

Project H Design - humanitarian nonprofit uses design-build practices to create communities and public education from within

Min Lew, Anna Simutis, Yoon Seok Yoo, BASE and Steve Rogenstein (New York, N.Y.) Greene Hill Food Co-op - series of printed materials to brand the store and increase awareness in the community Greene Hill Food Co-op - bringing fresh and nutritious food to areas of Brooklyn that don't usually have it

Jennifer Rose and Sylvia Harris, Citizen Research and Design (Brooklyn, N.Y.) Follow Doctor's Orders Campaign - publish and distribute conference presentation to reach a broader community Literacy Assistance Center - helping adults and families become more confident, productive, and active members of their community through higher literacy

Andrew Shea, Andrew Shea (New York, N.Y.) The Most Common Rare Disorder That Nobody Knows About - informational materials to both create awareness of NF and encourage funding and research

Children's Tumor Foundation - funding research for NF, rarest common disorder no one knows about

Jonathan Silberman, Fearless Future (Washington, District of Columbia) scholarCHIPS - informational materials to raise awareness of scholarship opportunities

scholarCHIPS - raising funds for children of incarcerated parents

Melissa Tioleco-Cheng & Robert J. Williams, Rise-and-Shine Studio (San Francisco, Calif.) Special Delivery - a board book that illustrates Missing GRACE's mission Missing GRACE Foundation - aids in the bereavement process after a baby's death.

Naomi Usher, Studio Usher (New York, N.Y.) All Systems GO: Launching the GO Middle School Project - a range of materials to raise awareness by revealing the humanity and diversity of the students GO Project - shaping the future of low-income NYC public school students who are performing below grade level

Michael Weikert, MICA's Center for Design Practice (Baltimore, Md.)

Real Food Farm Mobile Market Initiative - a series of educational and outreach materials to support the program and the mobile market truck

Civic Works - building a future for Baltimores youth through community service and skills development

"Designers have typically defined themselves through what they make, but many creatives are now looking at 'what they do' as a way to frame their practice and their purpose," said Allan Chochinov, Editorial Director, and member of the 2011 Ideas that Matter judging panel. "Sappi's Ideas that Matter program and this year's roster of grant recipients, makes me proud to be part of the creative community."

For more information about Sappi's 2011 Ideas that Matter grant recipients in North America, please visit Web site: or call 800-882-4332. The Call for Entries for next year's Ideas that Matter program will be announced this spring


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