We’re excited! DC Design Week returns October 1-8, 2021. This year, we’re shifting our focus to feature events curated and hosted by our community — so, you! We need your help to make it great by pitching us your best event ideas for consideration.
Bringing the community together is now more important than ever, so DCDW is pivoting to a community-curated model to better uplift and celebrate the voices of designers and artists who make up our region.
We recently held an information session to answer your questions directly. Below are some of the responses from the session:
Do I have to be a designer to submit an event proposal for consideration?
No, you don’t have to be a designer to submit an event proposal.
If you are a floral artist, cake decorator, architect, or any kind of creative, we want to hear from you, so submit your ideas.
What are some successful event topics from the past?
Last year, event topics that were in line with what was going on in the world were very successful. Specifically, popular events focused on anti-racism, social justice, and accessibility.
Craft-based workshops were also wildly successful. Nonetheless, event success depends on the expertise and enthusiasm of the hosting community members and speakers.
Will you offer support for logistics? For example, could you assist in finding an event location?
Yes. If your event is selected, you will be confirmed as an event within the DCDW 2021 calendar.
One of the many things you’ll get from us to assist with your event is a volunteer Event Lead from early summer through DCDW to support you with event planning, logistics, and marketing.
Are there any volunteer opportunities if I don’t want to pitch an idea for an event?
Yes, DCDW is completely organized by volunteers, so there are small, medium, and large volunteer time commitment opportunities available if you’re looking for other ways to get involved.
Submit this form to share your interest in volunteering. Learn more about DCDW 2021, and take a look at the recording from our information session here.