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Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum


Cooper Hewitt is America’s design museum. Inclusive, innovative and experimental, the museum’s dynamic exhibitions, education programs, master’s program, publications and online resources inspire, educate and empower people through design. An integral part of the Smithsonian Institution, the world’s largest museum, education and research complex, Cooper Hewitt is located on New York City’s Museum Mile in the historic, landmark Carnegie Mansion. Steward of one of the world’s most diverse and comprehensive design collections, over 210,000 objects that range from an ancient Egyptian faience cup dating to about 1100 BC to contemporary 3-D-printed objects and digital code, Cooper Hewitt welcomes everyone to discover the importance of design and its power to change the world. Cooper Hewitt knits digital into experiences to enhance ideas, extend reach beyond museum walls and enable greater access, personalization, experimentation and connection.


People-First Problem Solving: A Virtual Design Literacy Workshop

How might we use design as a catalyst for solving real-world problems? During this professional development workshop, educators and nonprofit professionals will dive into designing for change and using a design mindset. In a rapidly shifting world, design can advance equity, dignity, and new ideas. From redesigning environments affected by the pandemic to amplifying voices in our communities, educators can empower students to meet this moment with fresh ideas and new perspectives. Participants will develop strategies to enhance curiosity, creativity, and experimentation, allowing students to yield human-centered solutions. This interactive session will make use of free digital tools that participants can bring back into their own learning environments. It will also provide educators with an introduction to design, design processes, and Cooper Hewitt’s virtual resources.



Wednesday, Sep. 23rd


2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Category: Workshop

Topics: Policy & Education

Type: Virtual