Ad Club Lexington is excited to announce Page One, our newest public service initiative. Through an ongoing partnership with local high schools, our goal is to encourage diversity, equity, and inclusion in the advertising and design industries, to inspire the next generation of creative professionals, and to provide a network of resources to aid in their success.
We are partnering with three Lexington high schools: Bryan Station, Frederick Douglass, and Tates Creek. Not only do these schools have some of the most diverse student populations in the city, they are also leading the way with media arts and design-specific academies — an innovative education model centered around “small learning communities within Fayette County public high schools that allow students to connect what they’re learning in the classroom with real-world applications.” Learn more at academiesoflex.com.
Page One is all about building a stronger creative community in Lexington for everyone, and there are several ways for Ad Club members and partner organizations to help, including:
- Guest Speakers. In the classroom or virtually, share your knowledge with academy students by giving a lecture, leading a workshop, etc.
- Mentorships. Mentor upper-level high-school students interested in advertising, design and related fields.
- Internships. From short-term shadowing to full-semester internships, help students get real-world experience.
- Field Trips and Outings. Inspire future creatives by hosting a group in your office/studio and showing them the awesome things you do.
Ready to get involved? Email our public service director or subscribe to our mailing list below for updates.
The Page One Creative Library
Books teach. Books entertain. Books inspire. For our first Page One initiative, Ad Club Lexington led a fundraising effort to purchase and donate a collection of design, advertising, and media arts-related books to the associated Academies within our partner high schools. And not boring old textbooks, either. We curated a diverse collection of some of the most vibrant, beautiful, high-quality advertising, design and art books we could find. Our goal was to build a library of amazing books that inspire the students that open them — the same way books inspire so many of us. Thanks to our generous donors, we were able to provide an outstanding collection of over 30 books to each of our three partner high schools.
Special thanks to Chip Kidd, House Industries, Aaron Draplin, Mediocre Creative, OneFold Creative, and Shannon McCarthy for their support of the Page One Creative Library.