Tangires>>Interior Design is a profession that’s based in entrepreneurial and apprenticeship. Every experience that we have is to build a resume while they’re in school so that by the time they get out of Anne Arundel Community College they actually have real experience that they can put in a resume. When Jim De Lorbe, Made: In America, he contacted me to say let’s switch it up a little. Let’s talk about an art competition that brings in all of the disciplines, everything from art, fashion, just the art of living. Bernstein>>I first heard about it in my Space Planning class. It was nice to have an actual client where you’re taking all this knowledge that they’ve given you. You’re applying it. It felt like real world experience, and that was great. Tangires: It took about a year and a half to develop and really get it in so that the students were used to it. They understood what it was all about, how much work was gonna be involved. It was volunteer, total commitment. Nolis>>Everyone put in a lot of time to get it together, and it did come together. Presaid>>Met some of the best people. I could say the best people I’ve met at AACC through this entire course. Tangires>>Our students come from all over. Many of them have jobs and families. And this exhibit at the airport was huge. And not only was it at Reagan, it ended up going to Dulles. So the commitment on the part of students was amazing. Presaid>>Just to be there and then be part of everybody’s exhibit, just be part of, you know, the whole installation, it was a really great learning process. Nolis>>Once it’s moving day you gotta get it done and it’s done, and you live with the results. But it’s beautiful. I mean the exhibit is amazing. Bernstein>>To have that many people, that much traffic in an airport, seeing all of those designs from all of the students, I think is powerful. Tangires>>The Art of Living was the largest interior design exhibition of its kind in the country. The quality of work, it was outstanding and that’s the feedback we got actually from the public and the airport. They were just amazed. They were blown away at the quality of work. Presaid>>My decision to be a designer couldn’t have happened without AACC and all the students and the professors, the instructors, just the whole experience. Nolis>>I actually think I’ll be going here as long as I live in the area because they have continuing education so you’re constantly learning something new. Bernstein>>Really proud of what I’ve accomplished here. People think of interior design as just kind of making things pretty, and it’s really about how you live your life. That to me is the art of living.