Opening Night at Mingei

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    • Sep 21: 6-9pm

    Mingei International Museum
    1439 El Prado, San Diego CA 92102
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Opening Night at Mingei

Opening Night at Mingei

Kick off the third annual San Diego Design Week at Mingei! Enjoy drinks, cocktails, and snacks while mingling with San Diego Design Week advisors and presenters surrounded by art and Balboa Park views. Explore the museum's new exhibition, Toying with Design, and its other exhibitions featuring objects of folk art, craft, and design.

The conclusion of AIGA San Diego’s Y-25 Conference will also be helping kick off San Diego Design Week with a whimsical procession. Stilt-dancing performers and puppetry from Animal Cracker Conspiracy will guide guests from Mingei to Spreckels Organ Pavilion. Upon arrival at the Spreckels Organ Pavilion, guests will enjoy the premiere of AIGA’s third annual Projecting Futures exhibition. The immersive motion graphic experience showcases the work of designers from all levels throughout the San Diego – Tijuana region. Produced in partnership with the San Diego Youth Symphony, Youth Ballet, and Junior Theater, the evening promises to be an inspiring and thought-provoking feast of high-impact design, music, and dance. (Procession includes kids from SD Youth symphony, Youth Ballet, and Animal Cracker Conspiracy)

Schedule of Events

6:30pm - Guided Tour of Toying with Design by co-curators Patricia Cué and Susan Merritt
8:00pm - The procession begins at Mingei
8:15pm - Group finishes on Spreckels Stage and AIGA hello welcomes everyone to Projecting Futures
8:20pm - SD Youth Symphony performs Trumpet Solos
8:30pm - Showcase begins

This is a 21+ event. Registration is required as space is limited.

About the hosts

Mingei International Museum

As the presenter of San Diego Design Week, Mingei strengthens its mission by opening its doors (figuratively and literally) to our region’s design community, cultivating a space where one can both inspire and be inspired. Mingei International Museum provides an opportunity for its audiences to engage with craft, folk art and design through its collection and wide-ranging programming. Through its commitment to the community and a revitalized facility, Mingei sparks relevant and stimulating conversations that inspire visitors to imagine and express their own creativity.

AIGA | The Professional Association for Design

AIGA San Diego advances design as a professional craft, strategic advantage, and vital cultural force. As the largest community of design advocates, we bring together practitioners, enthusiasts, and patrons to amplify the voice of design and create the vision for a collective future. We define global standards and ethical practices, guide design education, enhance professional development, and make powerful tools and resources accessible to all.