uniting for design: Design As Protest WORKSHOP with Colloqate Design

For this year’s National Design Month, Cooper Hewitt highlights some of the inspiring organizations from around the country that share the museum’s mission to educate, inspire, and empower through design. This week’s program features the winner of the 2021 National Design Award for Emerging Designer, Colloqate Design, a multidisciplinary nonprofit design justice practice based in New Orleans with a focus on expanding community access to, and building power through, the design of social, civic, and cultural spaces.

The Design Justice movement seeks to eliminate the privilege and power structures that create and perpetuate systems of injustice in the built environment. Through workshops and trainings, Design Justice forwards the radical vision of racial, social and cultural reparation through the process and outcomes of design.

Join Colloqate for a Design as Protest workshop in pursuit of a design intervention with the explicit intention of addressing the systemic issues of injustice throughout the built environment. Participants will leave equipped with the language of design and other tools to protest these systems of injustice that show a willingness to actively perpetuate oppression in our world.

No prior experience with design is necessary.

To learn more about the work of Colloqate Design, visit www.colloqate.org. 

Learn more about the winners of the 2021 National Design Awards! 


This free program will be hosted through Zoom, with the option to dial in as well. Details will be emailed to you upon registration.This program includes closed captioning. For general questions, or if we can provide additional accessibility services or accommodations to support your participation, please email CHEducation@si.edu or let us know when registering.

About National Design Month

National Design Month gathers the country’s leading designers and communities around the country to celebrate the power of design in our everyday world. Held in conjunction with the National Design Awards, National Design Month highlights the work of Award winners through a series of free virtual education programs during the month of October including talks, tours, workshops, mentoring sessions, online resources, and more. Visit www.cooperhewitt.org/ndm for further details and a complete listing of programs. Cooper Hewitt relies on design advocates like you to offer these free programs this October—and even more design inspiration throughout the year. Show your support today! 


2021 Special Thanks

National Design Awards programmingis made possible with major support from Facebook, Inc., Shelby and Frederick Gans, Helen and Edward Hintz, The Hirsch Family Foundation, IBM Corporation, and Crystal and Chris Sacca.

Generous support is also provided by Kim and Mac Schuessler and Lisa Roberts and David Seltzer.