Public Programs

Photograph of art studio space. A rug with blue, green, yellow, and cream patterning hangs in the foreground. Artwork and supplies are in the background.
02/05
Monday
Mon. February 5, 2018
11:00am to 1:00pm
Creative Growth Art Center is a San-Francisco-based nonprofit serving artists with developmental, mental, and physical disabilities. During this hands-on workshop, visitors of all abilities are welcome to collaborate with a Creative Growth teacher to create a hooked rug designed by an artist with a disability. .
Event Address:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian National Design Museum
2 East 91st Street
New York, NY 10128
02/05
Monday
Mon. February 5, 2018
4:30pm to 6:30pm
A special session of Cooper Hewitt’s DesignPrep program open to all teens, this hands-on workshop led by professional designers will explore accessibility and inclusion in design and engage teens in the approaches designers use to address complex challenges. .
Event Address:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian National Design Museum
2 East 91st Street
New York, NY 10128
Photograph shows seven people in a dance studio. All hold hands with their arms lifted up.
02/06
Tuesday
Tue. February 6, 2018
12:00pm to 1:00pm
The acclaimed Dance for PD program of the Brooklyn-based Mark Morris Dance Group will present a free one-hour dance class for people with Parkinson’s disease in the Barbara and Morton Mandel Design Gallery.  In Dance for PD classes, participants are empowered to explore movement and music in ways that are refreshing, enjoyable, stimulating, and creative. .
Event Address:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian National Design Museum
2 East 91st Street
New York, NY 10128
Photograph of white eyeglasses connected to wires. The glasses face a screen and a wall that says "TEMPT."
02/06
Tuesday
Tue. February 6, 2018
6:30pm to 8:30pm
Join us for a free film screening of Getting Up followed by a conversation on future technologies and how they will help us to reimagine user-centered accessible design. Getting Up tells the story of graffiti artist TemptOne, who was diagnosed with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease), which left him almost completely physically paralyzed. In 2009, members of Free Art & Technology Lab, OpenFrameworks, the Graffiti Research Lab, and The Ebeling Group communities teamed up to develop an open-source device called The EyeWriter that allowed TemptOne to once again create his art. .
Event Address:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian National Design Museum
2 East 91st Street
New York, NY 10128
Three screenshots from the Access Now phone app. Left image shows the app log-in screen. The center image shows a location description. The right image shows a map with pins.
02/08
Thursday
Thu. February 8, 2018
11:00am to 4:00pm
Building a more inclusive city is a design opportunity. Join us for a day of ignite talks and critical discussions presented in partnership with the NYC Mayor’s Office for Disabilities to explore the barriers that make cities inaccessible and the innovations that promote intentional user-focused design. Ignite speakers will be leading voices in the field of accessible and inclusive design, including Elise Roy, Patricia Moore, Kat Holmes, and Keira Gwynn. .
Event Address:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian National Design Museum
2 East 91st Street
New York, NY 10128
Image shows a row of line-drawn people in white on a black background. The drawings show people of different genders and ages.
02/09
Friday
Fri. February 9, 2018
9:00am to 12:00pm
How can diversity act as a source of innovation and disruption? Can design be both universal and personal?   Humans have been at the center of design practices for a long time. Although product makers and designers have always sought to understand their customers, they often miss an opportunity. By including a diverse set of people in the design process with a range of physical and cognitive abilities, we can start to understand how empathy and diversity fuel innovation. In this participatory session, we will explore important considerations and practical approaches to uncover universal human motivations, identify barriers and exclusion that impact participation, and glean insight from how people adapt. Join Margaret Price to explore how designing for human diversity can unlock more meaningful experiences for each of us and result in better technologies for all of us. .
Event Address:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian National Design Museum
2 East 91st Street
New York, NY 10128
Three images of OXO handle sketches and prototypes. Left image sketch of multiple full views of a handle. The handle is seen from both sides in elevation with a cross-section through at right. Below are two views of the same handle seen in cross-section through the handle's shaft. Right images are of handle prototypes made from different materials in a range of rectangular and cylindrical shapes.
02/09
Friday
Fri. February 9, 2018
1:00pm to 5:00pm
In December 2017, university-level students were invited to submit design ideas for a premier showcase of student projects on solutions for improving accessibility or inclusion. All accepted entries will be on view in the Barbara and Morton Mandel Design Gallery February 5–25, 2018. Join us as students present their ideas, and a panel of experts discuss how design can expand accessibility and inclusion for all users. Learn how young designers are shaping the future of accessibility. .
Event Address:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian National Design Museum
2 East 91st Street
New York, NY 10128
Photograph of six people in a dance studio. The photograph focuses on two people's clasped hands. Four people stand in the background holding hands.
02/10
Saturday
Sat. February 10, 2018
10:30am to 11:30am
The acclaimed Dance for PD program of the Brooklyn-based Mark Morris Dance Group will present a free one-hour dance class for people with Parkinson’s disease in the Barbara and Morton Mandel Design Gallery.  In Dance for PD classes, participants are empowered to explore movement and music in ways that are refreshing, enjoyable, stimulating, and creative. .
Event Address:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian National Design Museum
2 East 91st Street
New York, NY 10128
Photograph of five people sitting in chairs in a dance studio. All five people have their arms raised above their heads.
02/16
Friday
Fri. February 16, 2018
2:00pm to 3:00pm
The acclaimed Dance for PD program of the Brooklyn-based Mark Morris Dance Group will present a free one-hour dance class for people with Parkinson’s disease in the Barbara and Morton Mandel Design Gallery.  In Dance for PD classes, participants are empowered to explore movement and music in ways that are refreshing, enjoyable, stimulating, and creative. .
Event Address:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian National Design Museum
2 East 91st Street
New York, NY 10128