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The National Design Awards were conceived by Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum to honor lasting achievement in American design. 
 
The Awards are bestowed in recognition of excellence, innovation, and enhancement of the quality of life. 
 
First launched at the White House in 2000 as an official project of the White House Millennium Council, the annual Awards program celebrates design as a vital humanistic tool in shaping the world.
  1. UTILITY
  2. INTEGRITY
  3. SIMPLICITY
  4. RELIABILITY
  5. MATERIALITY
  6. CARE
  7. CONCEPT
  8. CURIOSITY
  9. QUALITY
  10. LONGEVITY

| HERO | Darren Walker

Darren Walker, president of the Ford Foundation, which financed the cultural plan’s research, said this kind of redistribution makes sense. While organizations like New York City Ballet, a Cultural Institutions Group member on whose board Mr. Walker serves, are important for tourism and other parts of the city’s economy, smaller arts groups outside Manhattan are also crucial, he said, and have a harder time.

“Larger organizations have more capacity to raise private funds” compared with arts groups “in low-income communities of color and in places like Staten Island,” he said.

“If culture in New York only means large, rich organizations, then we lose the lifeblood, which are the small, innovative, entrepreneurial, off-the-beaten track kind of organizations with small budgets that the city should also be funding,” Mr. Walker said. “If it’s not possible for those organizations to thrive anymore, New York will have all of the features of an unequal city.”

Excerpt from The New York Times