Three years ago I had one of those meetings that changes everything. We were just coming off of our successful Street Seats outdoor exhibition and I asked a small group of supporters to help me think about what comes next. The effort produced five programmatic ideas to bring the transformative power of design everywhere.
In January 2014 we opened Green Patriot Posters, a major exhibition featuring hundreds of posters created by designers all over the world, urging individual action to fight climate change. In February 2015 we launched Rapid Jewelry, an international design competition, fashion show, and exhibit with new designs for 3D printed jewelry. In June 2015 we opened Design for Dining, a multi-site demonstration project showing how design shapes the dining experience — driving new business to local restaurants in Downtown Crossing. In June 2016 we opened our biggest exhibition ever — after 3 years of research, curating, and design we launched Extraordinary Playscapes, an exhibition on design and the importance of outdoor play with new playground installations for Boston. And in July 2016 we held our 3-day Urban Innovation Festival a purposeful gathering of Boston’s top design talent and local residents under I-93 to demonstrate how design can improve urban livability, even under a highway. Three years of impactful programming and community building, from one unforgettable meeting.
Design Museum Boston not only exhibits and showcases great design, we take action — we use design to make positive impact for real people.
I’m writing to ask for your help to support the next three years of impact. 2016 is the year we’ve completely pivoted to programming that inspires and demonstrates design impact in people’s lives across 12 impact areas where we believe design is truly transformative. In 2017 you can expect our work to cover diversity in design, affordable housing, resilient cities, healthcare, social impact, and more.
The world needs good design and strong community more than ever. And your support fuels our impact. Please consider making a year-end gift to support the museum and our work. Thank you!
Sam Aquillano — Executive Director, Design Museum Boston