I’m inspired by architects, designers, and artists – by how they view and navigate the world. We created dsgnfix, a free app featuring destinations and experiences recommended by creative leaders and all of us who love design. From museums, shops and buildings to neighborhood strolls, wall art, and great views, every post on dsgnfix corresponds to a Google map so that we can all navigate our way to inspiration.
America: Now and Here is a cross-country journey of art and ideas led by the artist Eric Fischl in partnership with artists across America. Essential to the America: Now and Here mission is to share art with communities large and small to ignite creativity, to launch thoughtful dialogue, and to inspire a bold vision for our shared future.
America: Now and Here will be presented as a national road trip, reaching diverse communities from cities and rural towns to college campuses and military bases, many remote from major cultural institutions. Ultimately delivered by four tractor-trailers that will unfold, ANH offers an experience unlike any traditional arts venue – it is cross-disciplinary and participatory, featuring an integration of visual art, plays, poetry, film, and music.
As Director, Dorothy Dunn developed and produced content for the project (including installations, programs, visitor experience, films, publications, and products) and managed the planning of trucks.
While at Philip Johnson Glass House, Dorothy Dunn was responsible for:
The attached PDF explains the program in detail: Design Literacy Retreat
dsgnfix is a free search, discovery and sharing app for people who love to navigate the world through the lens of design. dsgnfix posts feature destinations and experiences recommended by architects, designers, and artists. All posts correspond to google maps, offering a tool for finding our way throughout NYC and the world.
Dorothy Dunn is co-founder of dsgnfix
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum is the only museum in the nation devoted exclusively to historic and contemporary design. The museum presents compelling perspectives on the impact of design on daily life through active educational and curatorial programming. As Director of Education, Dunn earned the inaugural Smithsonian Education Achievement Award (2004) in recognition of her innovative leadership building the Museum’s educational vision. She conceived and launched groundbreaking national program models, including Summer Design Institute, City of Neighborhoods: Bridging School and Community and High School Design Career Days, interpretation strategies for youth, adult and professional audiences based on direct engagement with the design process, as well as numerous conferences and study tours.
While at the Smithsonian Institute Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum, Dorothy Dunn was responsible for:
Director of Education
Smithsonian Education Achievement Award
City of Neighborhoods
Summer Design Institute
Through Sketching on Napkins, a series of events produced by DD&A, chefs and designers will collaborate on the creation of meals and dining experiences. The kitchen will be redefined as a design studio, and the design studio will become a kitchen.
Sketching on Napkins is a response to society’s growing interest in innovation, design, and food. Each meal produced through Sketching on Napkins will explore one theme developed by Chef Nils Noren in partnership with an architect or designer. An intimate group will be invited to observe the chef/designer collaboration and to participate in the resulting meal and dialogue.
The attached PDF explains the program in detail: Sketching On Napkins
AIGA, the professional association for design, is committed to advancing design as a professional craft, strategic advantage and vital cultural force. As Director of Programs, Dunn repositioned the International Design Conference at Aspen, the world’s oldest forum for business and design leaders. She produced the 20th AIGA National Conference in Boston as well as Gain, a national business and design conference. With support from Target, she featured contemporary graphic designers in a series of design education activities/posters for Scholastic’s Instructor magazine.
While at the AIGA, Dorothy Dunn was responsible for:
Director of Programs
Aspen Design Summit Retreat 2005
Aspen Design Summit 2006
Aspen Design Challenge
Design Conference Boston 2005
Scholastic’s Instructor Magazine Design education posters, funded by Target
The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation fosters the legacy of the artist’s life, work, and philosophy that art can change the world. DD&A developed the Foundation’s strategy on education initiatives, the Robert Rauschenberg Oral History Project, and developed and produced programs for the Rauschenberg Foundation Project space for the inaugural installation “We The People.” Programs included: Understanding USA, a conversation with Richard Saul Wurman and Nancye Green; American Voices, an evening of poetry with Mark Doty, Tom Healy, Marie Howe and Patricia Smith hosted by Jeff Gordinier, New York Times, and We the People on TV, an interview with Norman Lear conducted by Anna McCarthy.
Dunn produced The Power of Art in 2013, exploring the role of art in education to engage students with diverse learning styles and challenges. A three-day workshop in Washington, DC engaged participants (art teachers, principals and cultural leaders) and celebrated the 20-year partnership between the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation and The Lab School DC. The Power of Art 2013 was offered in collaboration with the Smithsonian Institution.
For the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, we worked on several projects:
Strategizing and Clarifying Art in Education Initiatives
Strategizing and managing Artist As Activist initiative
Evaluation of existing and proposing next steps for Oral History Project
Developing and producing programs for the Rauschenberg Foundation Project Space during its initial Installation.
Our programs included: We The People on TV: An evening with Norman Lear and curator Anna McCarthy; Understanding USA; A conversation with Richard Saul Wurman and Nancye Green; American Voices: An evening of poetry with Mark Doty, Tom Healy, Marie Howe, and Patricia Smith hosted by Jeff Gordinier, New York Times.