Opening Party with Little Salon DC

Join us for the launch of DC Design Week 2020. This year we’re partnering with with Little Salon DC for an evening of music, trivia, spoken word and much more.

Since 2014, Little Salon DC has gathered to curate an eclectic mix of poetry, music, art, performance, stories, and even free food and booze.

The best way to describe this is event is a house party and a games night all rolled into a neat little package. This virtual event will be like no other! We’ll will introduce you to some of the DMV’s hottest hidden talents, showcasing snackable performances from artists including DC based duo BOOMscat, bringing their one-of-a-kind flavor of R&B, and Charity Blackwell, a spoken word artist, poet, emcee. Entrepreneur and bartender Frank Mills will be helping us conjure up a special cocktail for the night. We’re also excited to be joined by and the acclaimed puppeteer company Alex and Olmsted. Finally, if you like prizes (who doesn’t?) we’ll be testing your general knowledge of DC, Design, music and culture, with an interactive quiz, and giving you the chance to win big on the night if you’re the last person standing.

We can’t wait to see you, you won’t want to miss it!

Event Partners

Little Salon DC

Little Salon curates one-of-a-kind experiences designed to give DCers a non-pretentious dose of the amazing creative talent that surrounds them and to strengthen our city through the power of art.


Monterosais a technology company which helps organisations create interactive experiences for massive audiences. Our platform, Monterosa / Interaction Cloud, is the technology behind many of the world’s biggest interactive events, TV shows and sports, in use by household-name brands including Love Island, Nickelodeon, Vodafone, EA Sports and Liverpool Football Club.

Event Sponsor: ICF Next

ICF Next is a global marketing agency based in Fairfax, VA continually creating now and next, through accelerated change beautifully delivered.

About DC Design Week

Built by 100% volunteer power, DC Design Week is an annual celebration of this community, hosted by AIGA DC. Ten percent of all revenue from DCDW events and all profit this year go toward the Design Continuum Fund (DCF) scholarship fund. We believe in fostering the next generation of designers through helping local design-minded and underrepresented students as they pursue their education. Interested in becoming a member? To gain early access to our most exclusive events and year-long discounts, sign up to become a member today!


All DCDW events will have real-time CART (live captioning) services. Learn more about our commitment to accessibility and request additional accommodations at


This event will be streamed via Zoom. In order to participate fully, attendees should plan to join on the Zoom app via their computer, tablet, or mobile device with enough bandwidth to support viewing video. In order to ensure only those who have registered for the event are able to attend — and to create space for intimate conversations — only those whose display name fully matches the name on our registration list will be admitted from the waiting room. You can find more about joining our virtual events, including how to connect, directions to troubleshoot, and information about our refund policy in our FAQ.

The trivia portion for the event will be held on a separate URL, which will be shared during the event and can be accessed via computer or mobile/2nd screen. To participate fully, attendees should plan to have access to a second device for the trivia game.

Code of Conduct

All AIGA DC events adhere to our Code of Conduct.

When & Where
Fri, Sep 18, 2020 7:15 PM - 9:00 PM EDT