In support of the First Lady's emphasis on education and outreach to the Washington, D.C., community, the award winners will participate in an education program for local high school students before the event. Mrs. Obama serves as the honorary patron for this year's National Design Awards.
"The First Lady is a powerful advocate for design innovation and education outreach, and we are truly honored to have her patronage again this year," commented Bill Moggridge, Director of the Museum.
The annual National Design Awards celebrate design in various disciplines as a vital humanistic tool in shaping the world. The awards are accompanied each year by a variety of public education programs, including special events, panel discussions and workshops.