Passionate interior design uplifts the human spirit. IMI Design established its nonprofit corporation, The Inspire Foundation, Inc., to share this powerful aspect of design with their community and to encourage a sense of camaraderie and community awareness among other design professionals.
The Inspire Project manifests through a series of four phases:
The first phase consists of the nominations. Throughout the year IMI Design and The Inspire Foundation receive nominations for community organizations doing great work in an environment that could use improving. Each year one organization is selected that could benefit from complementary design work that they would not typically be able to afford. IMI staff and Inspire Foundation volunteers visit the organization, talk with the staff and find out what would truly make this space special.
After the initial interviews with the community-based contest winner’s the second phase begins. The Inspire Foundation provides the award recipient’s information to local, higher education venues and student organizations and requests the students submit the design concept for the remodel. This is in an effort to promote ethical and professional aspects of the design industry as well as give students an opportunity to work in their field for a positive outcome.
The third phase of the project is the review of the students’ submissions. Inspire Foundation volunteers, IMI staff and other advisory partners review all of the design concepts and select the one most appropriate for implementation. The winning student leads the project with the assistance of IMI lead designers and receives a $1,000 scholarship to apply towards the costs of continuing education as well as a paid internship at IMI Design.
The final phase of the Inspire Project is the implementation. Because of a wonderful network of generous trade partners, vendors, and big hearted clients, the Inspire Foundation and IMI are able to implement the selected design for the organization, creating an enjoyable and inspiring space.
IMI Design believes that an organization’s success is not measured by what they receive but by what they give. If you would like to be a part of next Inspire Project please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.