Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum will host its fifth annual National Design Week from Oct. 9 through Oct. 17. The museum will offer free museum admission, sponsored by Target, along with a series of public programs and a range of online resources for students, teachers, design professionals and the general public to celebrate the important role that design plays in all aspects of daily life.
National Design Week is held in conjunction with Cooper-Hewitt’s most visible public education program, the National Design Awards. Now in its second decade, the Awards recognize the best in American design across a range of disciplines. The Award recipients will be honored at a gala dinner Thursday, Oct. 14, at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York. 

First launched at the White House in 2000 as a project of the White House Millennium Council, the National Design Awards were established to promote excellence and innovation in design. The Awards are accompanied each year by a variety of public education programs, including special events, panel discussions and workshops.
Public programs include:

Target Design Kids: Kid Made Modern, Saturday, Oct. 9, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Kids aged 5 to 12 are invited to create modern design pieces from everyday and recycled materials with Todd Oldham and crew. FREE. Advanced registration is required at Cooper-Hewitt (2 East 91st St., New York)

Teen Design Fair, 4:00-6:30 p.m.,
Tuesday, Oct. 12
New York City high school students are invited to learn about careers in design. The Teen Design Fair brings leading designers working in the fields of fashion, industrial, multimedia, graphic design and architecture, to meet one-on-one with students. A keynote address will be delivered by Tim Gunn, Chief Creative Officer at Liz Claiborne Inc. and co-host of Lifetime TV’s Project Runway. Design colleges from around the country will also be on hand to provide admissions and scholarship information. FREE. Advanced registration is required at The Altman Building (135 West 18th St., New York)