October 16-25 2020


Achieving inclusion is all the talk in this landmark year of the census, elections, protests and a global pandemic. If 2020 is the point of no return, what better time to take a snapshot of who we are, and what we want to be, than NOW. 


For 10 days, #MDW20 brings you thought-provoking, playful and yes, radically inclusive events that put your inner designers to work on building a more equitable future.



Design plays a huge role in how we got here. As a tool for change, its track record is abysmal, leaving too many people out of decision-making, and too few points of view in focus. But it doesn't have to be that way. Who and how much we take into account toward a fully-inclusive community is not an elusive number. It's 100% of us*. Through inclusion, we're redesigning design itself – into a process that invites all us to discover what we can become, and how we can make it happen.

* Humans, non-humans, cosmologies, geologies, and ontologies.


➔ Enter our Design Competition to re-imagine outdoor learning! ➔ Feature your short films about Montclair in our MADFlash Film Fest! ➔ Bring your neighborhood to life with our Block Party kit! ➔ Ask us to "Please Explain" something that's stumped you! ➔ Take us on your journey through inclusion in a Pecha Kucha talk!


Show your support of DesignShed's year-round endeavors while giving your brand a well-designed boost of good karma. In addition to amazing sponsor benefits at various tiers – like brand placement, recognition, and free tickets, as well as web and print acknowledgment YEAR-ROUND – we're thrilled to offer businesses and organizations our new platforms that show our community how much you care about inclusion: ➔ Our Pop-Up Block Party kit travels to eight locations across Montclair in a decked out trailer. Picture how sweet your logo will look on our custom-wrapped trailer! ➔ Anyone who wears our Volunteer T-shirts is a beacon of community love and appreciation for what we do year-round. Your logo will look great alongside our coveted designwork! ➔ With MADFlash Film Fest featuring two major screenings that will be simulcast outdoors and virtually, watch your brand get the starring role as sponsor in our intro movie reel! ➔ Radio Free Montclair hits the MDW online airwaves with live shows, interviews, panels and daily reports! Let our diverse audiences know how much you support our mission! ➔ When the winning designs of our "Design for Outdoor Learning" Competition get built and installed across town, align your brand with an organization that makes sh*t happen!


Sep 22 – Calls for Submission goes live, each with their own timelines. Sep 23 – DesignShed membership goes live with amazing year-round benefits. Sep 29 – Calls for Submission Q&A (7:30p EST, to be streamed live on FB and Youtube). Oct 01 – MDW ticket registration opens for members, with discounted tickets. Oct 05 – MDW ticket registration opens to general public. Oct 16 – MDW20 Opening Night! Free to all who are registered for an MDW event. Oct 25 – Our Closing event! Details will soon be announced.


Montclair Design Week is an annual 10-day program of talks, tours, installations and workshops that celebrate our collective capacities. The program offers an opportunity for creatives, entrepreneurs and optimists spanning many backgrounds and interests to come together to share ideas, share their talents and consider how design can be used as a force for good in an increasingly complex and precarious world. MDW was launched in 2018 as the signature program of DesignShed, the year-round engine that powers other outcome-oriented endeavors like Mapping Montclair, Project PIVOT and the Montclair chapters of Pecha Kucha and The Awesome Foundation. Curation of the program is led by its founder Petia Morozov, with enormous support from trustees Iain Kerr, Co-Director of MIXLAB and Emergent Futures Lab, and Rebecca Irby, founder and Executive Director of PEAC Institute and MidHeaven Network. Montclair Design Week is produced into two streams; Featured programs, and Public programs which are submitted under our various Calls for Submission. The Public program makes up 50% of the Montclair Design Week's program with events held at local venues, studios, retail spaces, universities, galleries and public spaces throughout greater Montclair. Prospective event hosts develop submissions in response to a provocation set by Montclair Design Week curators that address key issues facing our region and the world. Participants are called to consider how we might work together to create a better, healthier future for the planet and its inhabitants. The program is built on the enthusiastic engagement and participation of our diverse community. Since 2018, our reach and impact has grown in scope and scale, making Montclair Design Week New Jersey’s largest design event. We look forward to many years of talking, making, sharing, imagining, listening and ultimately, transforming.


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Image: Photo of "FreshAir Montclair" exhibit window at Pure Energy, downtown Montclair. Photo credit: 73 See Gallery