Shake off stress and remaining cobwebs of winter by enjoying a burgeoning number of educational programs, lectures and informative internet programs with the nation’s top designers, jewelry artists, architects, museum curators and artists. We’ve selected 7 of our favorite design virtual programs.

Dezeen is an international architecture and design magazine. In addition to links to articles on design and trends on dezeen.com, you will also find links to a series of lectures by respected artists, designers and architects. The 77-day “Virtual Design Festival” (VDF) is better than any trip abroad.

One of the leading design galleries in the world, friedmanbenda.com, is hosting an online lecture series “Design in Dialogue” with many great designers, museum curators and leading voices of the design world. The series is hosted by curator and historian Glenn Adamson. Conversations are held on Zoom for 45 minutes, plus 15-minute participatory question-and-answer sessions beginning at 11 a.m. EST, three times a week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Travel virtually to New York City’s “museum mile” through cooperhewitt.org, part of the Smithsonian Institution. Cooper Hewitt, in the landmark Carnegie Mansion, is America’s design museum. The website allows access to the museum’s exhibitions, education programs, master’s program, publications and online resources. It has an interesting “object of the week” on its website. Be on the lookout for their reopening to see the amazing Willy Smith exhibition.

Google Arts & Culture app, has direct links to 2,000 museums from 80 countries. If you’ve dreamed about going somewhere, just open this “door.”

Enjoy a lecture about Italian Radical Design from the Houston Museum of Arts hosted by R & Company, featuring Cindi Strauss, curator, and James Zematis discussing the exhibition and the generous donation of Dennis Freedman.

The Jewelry Library, jewelrylibrary.com, is a great website that is curated by jewelry people for jewelry people. It features rotating collections and allows visitors to read about unique artists and page through books on jewelry.

The Brooklyn Museum, brooklynmuseum.org,  has a series of lectures, “Courageous Conversations,” on various exhibitions at the museums, as well as interesting subjects. Its experts also host virtual tours every Sunday on Tumblr.

Urano Palma, Armchair, from the Diapositive series, c. 1970–74, wood, possibly silk, and foam, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Dennis Freedman Collection, Museum purchase funded by the Caroline Wiess Law Accessions Endowment Fund / Kent Pell, photographer
Photo: Mfah.org

Jewelry at the museum shop
Photo: Jewelrylibrary.com

1992 Tudor Coin Encrusted Table
By Cheryl R. Riley (1952-) founder of Right Angle Designs (1988)
Part of the African American Design exhibit, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Photo: ArtsAndCulture.Google.com

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