Design Museum Everywhere to Receive $20,000 NEA Grant for upcoming We Design Book

As an extension of the We Design exhibition, the book will explore design and intersectionality.

Mock-up of book cover with portraits of 10 designers.
By Reagan Gould

We are pleased to share that we have been approved for a $20,000 Grants for Arts Projects award from the National Endowment for the Arts to support the upcoming We Design book publication. 

An extension of our We Design Exhibition, this publication will go beyond highlighting the importance of equity and inclusion in the design process to challenge what determines good design and understand how personal identity and experience inform design thinking. The book will be available for pre-sale this summer.

Design Museum Everywhere’s project is among 1,073 projects across America totaling nearly $25 million that were selected during this first round of fiscal year 2021 funding in the Grants for Arts Projects funding category. 

“The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to support this project from Design Museum Everywhere,” said NEA Acting Chairman Ann Eilers. “Design Museum Everywhere is among the arts organizations across the country that have demonstrated creativity, excellence and resilience during this very challenging year.”

“We are so grateful for the continued support of the National Endowment for the Arts,” said Sam Aquillano, Design Museum Everywhere’s Executive Director. “This grant will enable Design Museum Everywhere to build on the impact and success of the We Design exhibition with a focus on design and intersectionality. This publication allows us to bring the exhibition directly to our audience, wherever they are.” 

We Design: People. Practice. Progress. is an online exhibition by Design Museum Everywhere that brings together creatives from different backgrounds to examine and celebrate the range of career paths and applications, and their impact in design. We Design Exhibition Conversation Cards, a discussion deck meant to spark more meaningful conversations around diversity and equity in design, are also available for purchase now 

For more information on projects included in the Arts Endowment grant announcement, visit