Invista's Antron brand is joining Tandus Centiva and Suzanne Tick as a contributing supplier in support of Publicolor to raise funding and awareness for the Publicolor Summer Design Studio.

The Summer Design Studio teaches at-risk teens literacy and math through product design. Suzanne Tick designs a collection of soft surface flooring products for Tandus Centiva. When an Antron product from this collection is specified and purchased for an education project, Invista will match an additional $.10/ square-yard, totaling a $.30 donation, to Publicolor. Suzanne Tick and Tandus Centiva have each committed a $.10/ square-yard, totaling a $.20 donation to Publicolor.
"We are committed to adding value to society, and Publicolor’s efforts to increase student achievement align with our vision and values," said Marc Ahrens, vice president of the Antron brand.
With over 40 Suzanne Tick designs to choose from, 15 are made using Antron fiber to meet K-12 and higher education demands. Purchases of these products will help make a positive impact on the lives of Publicolor students, according to the company.
“We are thrilled and grateful to partner with Tandus Centiva, Antron and Publicolor's trustee, Suzanne Tick, on this program to benefit Publicolor's Summer Design Studio, our unique seven-week literacy and math immersion program for high-risk students which we teach through the scaffold of product design," said Ruth Lande Shuman, Publicolor’s founder and president. "We deliberately hold this on Pratt Institute's campus so our students feel comfortable in a college setting. Our non-traditional curriculum that emphasizes tactile learning experiences and design thinking empowers our students to think creatively and plan for their successful future in college and career. We look forward to our long-term collaboration in transforming lives through the powers of design, design thinking and civic engagement."
Publicolor recently received the 2014 National Arts+Humanities Youth Program Award from Michelle Obama at The White House. The award recognized the country’s best, creative youth development programs for using engagement in the arts to increase academic achievement, graduation rates and college enrollment.
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