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You spoke and we listened! From our very constructive and well attended “Think Tank” gathering during 2016 Conference, a great deal of information was gleaned as to how we could grow our organization and make it more relevant for today’s decorative artists. Here’s a brief outline of some changes we have made to move IDAL forward.
We are benefit oriented. Listed below are examples of benefits that are either currently available or have recently been added or upgraded:
Cindy Howard (IDAL Board Member) has been hard at work revamping our social media presence. Our Facebook sites are now focused on members’ strengths, and the business partners that help us succeed. Our industry business partners are seeing a new appreciation. In addition, you will soon experience an expanded presence on Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and Houzz.
Our current website has been significantly updated and a new website will soon be unveiled. Our new site promises to be user friendly, and one you’ll be proud to share.
A new Outreach Committee has been created, led by Lori Wilson (IDAL Board Member) and Dr. Barry Wingard (Committee Chairperson). Plans are already underway to expand our membership into the design and construction communities. You will see that our 2017 National Convention is built around the concept of thinking more globally, benefiting you.
We have added two new Membership levels. In an effort to reach the next generation of decorative artists; there’s a Student Membership level, includes mentoring. Also, we have added a new Free Industry Partner level to reach out to others in the design, construction trades and fine arts arenas, keeping them abreast of our expanded offerings.
IDAL Board Members Diane Williams and Beth Warnecke are leading the committee to bring you a new and expanded National Convention. As you may know by now, our 2017 National Convention will be held October 17-22, in Greensboro, North Carolina during the same week as the High Point Market. This is the largest home furnishing market in the World, and you, Our Members, will want to be involved.
CHAPTERS AND PHILANTHROPIC
Glenda Mosley (IDAL Board Member) is working to grow the organization with the creation of at least two new Chapters. In addition, we are exploring the possibility of adding at least one Chapter outside of the United States, and more to come. We feel this would truly raise the bar for our organization and help to solidify our goal of becoming more global in our perspective.
Glenda is also planning to emphasize our organization’s philanthropic responsibilities and an expanded emphasis on our Adele Bishop Scholarship Program.
Anita Yeh (IDAL Board Member) has taken on the responsibility of improving the communication with our membership and growing the organization. Two of our priorities for accomplishing this are to move our focus toward the next generation of decorative artists and reach out to others in the design industry, building trades, architects, fine artists and our industry partners. Once again, we are thinking beyond our continent and trying to form professional relationships on a variety of levels.
Our newest IDAL Board Member, Robin Belisle, is taking on the education responsibilities for our organization. Her experience as a teacher and student will be invaluable. One of her primary responsibilities is planning the education component for our 2017 National Convention. You will want to stay tuned for these updates!!!
IDAL Board Member, Kathy Carroll not only oversees our budget, but is also the main communication link with our members and prospective members. You will most likely speak to Kathy if you call the number on our website (630-776-0040) With her many years in the decorative arts arena, Kathy is truly a huge asset to the organization.
In closing, our work has just begun. We exist only for our members, and your success! We encourage you to voice your opinion. Bring us your ideas and suggestions. We promise to listen. I emphasis again, this is your professional organization. Promote it, become an active part of it and demonstrate to the world the value of the decorative artisans. Grow your organization!!!
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IDAL is a group of diverse artisans from all over the world who share a passion for the decorative arts.
Since 1983, it has been a hub for inspiration, education and networking and includes members from all facets of the decorative and fine arts world.
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