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2020 Call for Proposals!

PROPOSALS DUE: May 15, 2020 @ 5pm PST


2020 marks the 10th anniversary of the Seattle Design Festival. This year’s festival theme, About Time, ponders our past, present, and future, and seeks opportunities to act — and to celebrate — at this unique moment in time.

The last 10 years have led to dramatic change — in Seattle and across the world. While we experience the hours and minutes differently, there never seems to be enough time to accomplish all that we need to do.

Environmental stress, political polarization, social and economic inequities, and the pressure growth puts on our local communities — all demand urgent action. What will the next decade hold, and how will design professionals respond to these immense challenges?

Seattle Design Festival (SDF) is the largest design event in the Pacific Northwest, produced by Design in Public and AIA Seattle in collaboration with hundreds of partners: designers, architects, community members, civic partners, business innovators, and a diverse public. SDF demonstrates the relevance of design thinking, empowers communities to leverage design, and promotes a culture of collaboration.

Please review the call for proposals fully before submitting to SDF. Submitters can start, save, and return to draft submissions at any point until submissions close.


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Not sure what to propose for the 2020 Seattle Design Festival? Check out our Best of the Fest post for some examples of effective program formats we’ve featured in previous years.

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