Behind the Scenes at the DAM

Open For Design Submission Pick-Up Day September 4

Summer is coming to an end and so is our first exhibition sourced entirely from the public, Open For Design: A DAM Community Challenge. Submission pick-up day is September 4. You still have a few more days to see the inspiring works made by Colorado residents before it closes September 2.

Open for Design was a big experiment for the museum. It was a big leap of faith in our creative community. We challenged art lovers to get creative and transform an object or material into something that makes their neighborhood a better place. Then, we bit our nails for a few weeks—anticipating the number of creations and how to display them for all our visitors. In short, we were blown away by what you created for your neighborhoods. More than 150 submissions reflected the originality and ingenuity Colorado is known for. It was an inspiration to see how people can come together and find solutions to issues facing their neighborhoods. See many of them in this photo set.

It’s almost time for these creations to go home. Participants can pick up their submitted works up on September 4 between 10 am and 8 pm in the Hamilton Building.  This is the only day to pick up your submissions, so if you cannot make it, arrange for someone else to stop by the museum for you. All you’ll need to claim your masterpiece is the receipt given to you when you submitted your work.

We cannot thank you enough for all the creative, adorable, inspirational, and clever ideas you brought to the museum for display. It was an honor to get to share them with all our DAM visitors. As a nod to all of your remarkable ideas, we have created a Neighborhood Inspirations board on Pinterest, where we are re-pinning other smart neighborhood-bettering ideas.

Image credit: Seth Frankel, Free outdoor library, an Open For Design submission.