National Design Awards :: July 24

27 06 2009

*According to Cooper-Hewitt Press Release*

First Lady Michelle Obama Celebrates the National Design Awards with Public Programs and White House Ceremony The Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum today announced First Lady Michelle Obama will celebrate the 10th annual National Design Awards Friday, July 24, with education programs in Washington, D.C., followed by a White House ceremony for the winners and finalists of the 2009 awards. Mrs. Obama will serve as honorary patron for the awards program.

Launched at the White House in 2000 as an official project of the White House Millennium Council, the annual National Design Awards celebrate design in various disciplines as a vital humanistic tool in shaping the world. The awards are accompanied each year by a variety of public education programs, including special events, panel discussions and workshops.

2008 product design runnerup

Several of the National Design Award winners will be part of a series of free concurrent public programs starting at 9:30 a.m. July 24. Envisioned as a series of dialogues about the current state of design, winners will be paired for hour-long conversations. Members of the public can learn more about attending the programs by visiting

“Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum is honored to receive the patronage of First Lady Michelle Obama for its National Design Awards program,” said Wayne Clough, Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution. “The National Design Awards recognize and promote design excellence, innovation and public impact, and the support of Mrs. Obama will immeasurably increase national awareness of design’s important role.”


Chicago Is Dishing Out Arts Grants

25 06 2009

Associated Press
5:10 AM CDT, June 25, 2009

CHICAGO – Dance groups, theaters and art houses are among the 277 organizations sharing $1 million in grants from the city of Chicago.

Groups received grants from $1,000 to $8,000 to support artistic work from photography and music to literature and mixed media.

Some of the recipients included the Ukranian Institute of Modern Art, A Red Orchid Theatre, the Chinese Fine Arts Society and the Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus.

The City Arts program was started in 1979. It funds everything from emerging artist groups to large organizations with income of more than $2 million.