By  on March 25, 2009

Design’s purpose may not always be evident to the naked eye, but now is not the time to turn away from the medium.

That was a recurring message from this years’s winners of the Savannah College of Art and Design’s Style Etoile Awards — Russell Simmons; actress and philanthropist Cornelia Guest; the Washington Post’s Robin Givhan; costume designer William Ivey Long, and New York City Planning director Amanda Burden. During Monday’s gala at the James Cohan Gallery in New York, Simmons said, “We live in a society that undervalues art as just an expression. This whole country will only survive when we put more arts in the schools, and when we cultivate creativity in children.”

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