Sunday, May 29, 2011
National Design Week is the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum’s largest education initiative that aims to draw national attention to the ways in which design enriches everyday life. Launched in 2006, National Design Week is held each year in conjunction with the National Design Awards program. In addition to offering free admission for all Museum visitors, Cooper-Hewitt's award-winning Education Department hosts a series of free public programs based on the vision and work of the National Design Awards honorees. National Design Week culminates with the National Design Awards gala ceremony.
National Design Week also reaches schoolteachers and their students nationally, both in the classroom and online through the Educator Resource Center. In recognition of the importance of design education, organizations and institutions across the country sponsor design events throughout the month, which are promoted through the Design Across America year-round online resource.
As part of National Design Week, the People’s Design Award was launched to provide the general public with the opportunity to nominate and vote for its favorite design. The winning design is announced live at the National Design Awards gala ceremony.
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