Saturday, August 15, 2009

Celebrate National Design Week in October

On Oct. 19, the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum will launch its third National Design Week, an initiative that aims to draw national attention to the ways in which design enriches everyday life, through outreach to school teachers and their students, and partnerships with design organizations across the country.

In addition to events at the Cooper-Hewitt in New York City, National Design Week events are taking place across the country. For example, DesignPhiladelphia is a week-long design extravaganza in Philly that consists of competitions, exhibitions, events, and more. DesignPhiladelphia is in its 5th year and has changed it's dates to October 7-13 this year to associate with National Design Week in an effort to spread the word that Philly is a thriving design city.

You can take advantage of National Design Week as a teaching opportunity by organizing an event in your school or participating in an existing event in your community. Your Design Week events can take place anytime in October. Plan to highlight design education in your school all week with displays, special guests in the classrooms, student design projects, etc.. Call upon your local design community for ideas and volunteers.

Click on the heading above to see the map of all National Design Week Events in the country and to register an event you are planning.
Go to http://www.designphiladelphia.org/ to learn more about how folks in Philadelphia are celebrating National Design Week.

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