ASID 35th Anniversary in Boston

Vario was tasked with producing the very prestigious 35th Anniversary of the Celebration Awards for the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) at The Boston Museum of Fine Arts.

The client needed a turnkey solution including walk around talent, musicians for a VIP reception, The Museum opened its doors on July 4th, 1876, so to say it is a historic property is an understatement. Being a museum open to the public, our installation time would be limited to two hours before doors opened for the VIP Reception. What normally would have been a six hour load-in and setup was now reduced to two and a half hours.

ASID advances the interior design profession and communicates the impact of design on the human experience. Each year the association is tasked with organizing a three day, National Leadership Experience for its membership. The event draws over 700 attendees from across the country and world. The conference culminates with a closing Awards Gala that celebrates the accomplishments of peer selected awardees and honories. While Vario has been the production company responsible for both the Conference and Awards Gala since 2014, we were especially honored to design, develop, and produce their 35th Annual Awards Gala at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts.

As part of the planning process it was imperative for Vario to understand the overall experience the event organizers wanted to create for the attendees. We decided on talent that fit the museum motif, Human Statues, Living Trees, string quartets and a cappella performers who could take advantage of the resonate acoustics. We also incorporated a dance band on a satellite stage that kicked off as soon as the program was over.

Our lighting rig was designed to illuminate two separate sides of the museum, one side for the program and the other for the dancing which took place the latter part of the evening. We also had over 100’ of throw distance between our projectors and the projection surfaces, two large walls, so 20k projectors and long throw lenses were required.

Time constraints, scope of services, and historical venue were three main factors that Vario was tasked to overcome. Not only were we able to accomplish all of these goals, but we also solidified our relationship with the end client, and have received numerous requests for service from chapters around the country to provide similar services.

Double quotes image for testimonial Vario really outdid themselves. I knew I could trust them to pull off a miracle, and that, they did. We were so worried that the logistical challenges of the venue, and the unique needs of our planning committee were outside of the scope for any production company, but we were so happy with the outcome and will continue to call on Vario for any and all challenges we can throw at them.
Marty Covert
Meeting Planner

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