Nashville Design Week has announced the 2021 schedule of events for its fourth annual festival taking place November 1-5, 2021. The schedule consists of 18 events – a mix of workshops, talks, panels and in-person tours , virtual and hybrids featuring designers across all industries, from architecture and interiors to graphic, industrial and fashion design. Registration is required to attend all events and tickets range from free to $25 per event. All in-person attendees must present either proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test dated less than 72 hours prior to the event.
“Nashville Design Week 2021 will honor the idea of transition, marking the happy medium between a trying year and revitalization, inviting attendees to imagine what’s next and how we’ll design together,” said Kate O’Neil, Nashville Design Week Co. -Founder and Director of Partnerships. “With our COVID-19 policy in place, we are thrilled to be able to come together again in person to celebrate the Nashville design community, while offering our friends near and far a way to participate virtually as well.”
Nashville Design Week offers a highly curated calendar of cross-disciplinary programs and events hosted by Nashville creatives to engage designers and design enthusiasts. Founded in 2018 by the local design community, Nashville Design Week serves as an accessible platform for bold collaborations and conversations that foster the sharing of ideas, engage and educate audiences, and build culture and impact. Nashville design.
Nashville Design Week 2021 Schedule:
monday november 1
● Support the Soul of Music City | Hosted by Kalen Russell (8:30-10am | Virtual)
Join host Kalen Russell for a panel discussion on redistricting in Nashville. Panelists,
community leaders active in advocating for a more equitable and inclusive Nashville, will share
how they relate to their communities, their work as community leaders and how
socio-economic and place-based inequalities influence the lives of members of their community.
● Designer Round Robin | Hosted by Nashville Design Week and Design x Rhode Island (11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. | Virtual)
Designers from Nashville and Rhode Island will talk about their process and inspiration
followed by a round table between the designers.
● Mentoring meetings | Hosted by Ladies Wine and Design (5-6:30 p.m. | In person at the Nashville Design Collective)
Creatives are encouraged to find a mentor or become a mentor at this matchmaking mixer.
Participants will fill out a form before the event and will be matched with two or three candidates
matches for twenty minutes each to find the best fit.
● Nashville Design Week Opening Night and 2021 Community Art Project Reveal | Hosted by Nashville Design Week, 21c Museum Hotel, and Nashville Interiors (7-9:30 p.m. | In person at
Gray and Dudley)
Festivities include the unveiling of “Now and When: Love Letters to Nashville,” a community art
project made possible by Metro Arts, O’More College of Architecture & Design and Watkins
Belmont University College of Art, DesignLight & Acuity Brands and 21c Museum Hotel.
Organized by Nashville Design Week, the ten participating artists will participate in a panel
debate on the project. Creative cocktails and food will be provided by Gray & Dudley.
tuesday november 2
● Youth perspective on design | Hosted by Civic Design Center (8:30am-10am | Virtual and In-Person at NDW Live Studio)
Join the Civic Design Center’s Nashville Youth Design Team and students from various universities to
hear a selection of perspectives on design presented in short lightning talks called
● A vision of guaranteed income | Hosted by Moving Nashville Forward (11:30am-1pm | Virtual and In-Person at NDW Live Studio)
Moving Nashville Forward Launches Guaranteed Basic Income Pilot in North Nashville
(37208) in November 2021. The event will provide a preview of the pilot’s plan, as well
than conversations with national and local leaders advocating for a guaranteed income.
● We Are All Winners: Art as Social Justice | Hosted by Persona Contemporary (5:30-7pm | In person at the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition)
Join Andrés Bustamante and Michelle Ruiz for a conversation about empowering diversity,
equity, inclusion, accessibility and mental health initiatives to find common ground where “We
Wednesday, November 3
● The power of print | Hosted by Nashville Interiors Magazine (8:30am-10am | Virtual and In-Person at NDW Live Studio)
Panelists Hollie Deese (publisher and editor of Nashville Interiors) and Mike Smith (publisher of Nashville Scene) will discuss how print has impacted how stories are told, how cultures are remembered, how design is documented and how what is deemed important enough to commit to paper will inform the next generation about the here and now – and how we can make a better printed product in the future.
● Inform and Delight: How Design Shapes Our World | Hosted by AIGA Nashville (11:30am-1pm | Virtual and In-Person at NDW Live Studio)
Hear a panel of design professionals discuss how they use the idea of “inform and delight” to reshape the world and how the tangible result they create enhances the overall user experience and positively contributes to society . Panelists will also forecast and discuss the future use of
these technologies and how this has the potential to affect the design industry as a whole.
● For the pleasure of creating | Hosted by Aberdeen Studio & Lockeland Leather (5pm-6:30pm | In person at Aberdeen Studio)
In the form of a design charrette, individuals will be led by a diverse group of artists and
designers, from the architect to the sculptor, to work together to design a piece of furniture.
● What story will we tell: museum collections through the prism of design | Hosted by EOA
Architects (5pm-8pm | In person at the National Museum of African American Music)
This program will bring together storytellers with subjects themselves in a roundtable
revolving around an artist’s life journey and how their story is then interpreted in a
exhibition of the museum’s collection. The discussion will focus on how museums design for the future;
where interactives are becoming more advanced, when virtual tours are becoming more popular, and how
the museum’s collections are at your fingertips (and by phone).
Thursday, November 4
● Defining the Impact of Nashville Culinary Arts | Hosted by Rachel Ebio (8:30-10 a.m. | Virtual &
In person at NDW Live Studio)
Margaret Littman of the Nashville Scene will host a culinary arts discussion with Julia Jaksic (Chef and Owner of Cafe Roze), Victoria Rothberg (Owner and General Manager of answer. Flatiron Nashville Restaurant) and Edgar Victoria (Chef of Alebrije Nashville) . The panel will explore
Nashville’s past, present and future relationship with cuisine in relation to design.
● When Design Matters Most: Affordable Housing in Nashville | Hosted by IIDA Tennessee
(11:30am-1pm | Virtual and In-Person at NDW Live Studio)
Hear panelists discuss “why design matters” in affordable housing from four
perspectives – the lawyer [Dominique Anderson]the designer [Kara Gee]the planner and
Developer [Kelsey Osemann]and the resident [Donna Woodley].
● Accessibility and infinity: the future ubiquity of virtual reality | Hosted by Something Good (5-6:30pm | In person at Rabbit Hole VR)
Join a panel of experts exploring the present and future implications of virtual reality, followed by cocktails with free time to experience The Rabbit Hole VR.
friday november 5
● Bouncing Forward: Designing for Resilience | Hosted by AIA Middle Tennessee (8:30-10am | Virtual)
Join AIA Middle Tennessee for a recording of their new podcast exploring how Nashville can be
more resilient through business and practice, built environment, community and culture. In this first episode, a panel will share what they have learned over the past two years, how they have adapted in their work and communities, and how we can all work together to
build a more resilient city.
● In the metaverse: the digital transformation of art and fashion | Hosted by Greater Than Equal (11:30am-1pm | Virtual)
Discover the impact of digital on art and fashion (NFTs, the Metaverse,
augmented reality, games, virtual reality), the possible effects on the Earth and society, the implications of decentralization and how an equitable transition to this digital age can be
● In the reception of the metaverse | Organized by Greater Than Equal & Cë Gallery (5pm-6:30pm | In person at Cë Gallery)
The physical and virtual world merge at a phygital networking event and curated exhibition
of NFT and physical art and fashion. This immersive experience will take place simultaneously in the metaverse and in Nashville’s newest event and exhibition space, Cë Gallery.
● Nashville Design Week Closing Event | Hosted by Nashville Design Week (7-9:30 p.m. | In person at Monday Night Brewing)
Close out the week and toast new and old friends at the NEW Neuhoff development. the
the event will include special performances and a look at the history and future of one of
Nashville’s most intriguing buildings.
For the full schedule and event registry, visit NashvilleDesignWeek.org.