DesignPhilly Virtual Update

Thank you to all who joined our call last week to hear about our “Plan B” for DesignPhiladelphia 2020.  In case you missed the call, here are the highlights:
What We Are Planning:
  • The Festival is still happening, October 7-18, 2020.  
  • The programming will be all virtual. If we can gather, then we will re-evaluate, but for now. It’s all virtual.  
  • Programming Deadline to Submit is June 29, 2020.
  • Collaboration with other organizations and design festivals around the world.
  • Focused Virtual Best in Emerging Design Competition + Exhibition
  • Signature Virtual Programs on select festival evenings with breakout “room” experiences
What We are Looking For:
  • Event Partners to provide cool, engaging, educational content, like:
    • Virtual Tours (live or video)
    • At Home Experiences (folks sign up in advance and pick up materials to follow along)
    • Talks + Panel Discussions
    • Virtual Exhibitions
  • We are open to physical exhibitions in our space at the Center for Architecture and Design, and if we can’t allow people in to experience them, we will make 360-degree photos of the exhibits for folks to experience.
  • Window Displays to allow for Design Walks (even if people can’t gather and if they can…GREAT!)
  • Curating the following Exhibits for this Year – Keep an Eye Out for the Following Calls in the next month:
    • Best in Emerging Design Competition ($5,000 prize)
    • Design is Inclusive, Annual Exhibition highlighting diverse designers in our region
    • In celebration of 100 years of women having the right to vote, projects or products that have been designed to advance equality and equity.
    • Virtual Installations at Cherry Street Pier
What We Are Definitely Not Doing:
  • We won’t have multiple exhibits on display at Cherry Street Pier, we are working on something physical there – stay tuned.
  • We won’t have an in-person Kick-Off Party, we are working on an Instagram Live Party with some kickass party swag. 
  • Forgetting about how much we LOVE the design community in Philadelphia and we want to celebrate you and share your greatness with the world (wide web) this year!

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