Elevating community voices to create a uniquely DC exhibit

Talk/Panel /Monday/October 17/12:00 PM

Description and details

Join the DC Public Library and the design team behind the community-centered permanent exhibit installed as a part of the modernization of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library.

Learn how deep design research with long-time residents, local creatives, and teens informed design concepts prototyped with people in all four quadrants of DC at various neighborhood library branches, and how this prototyping led to the now completed program. Explore how community interactions were developed, tested, and are now live as residents engage with an exhibits program that is resonant, vibrant, and unambiguously community-driven.

After a talk featuring the design process, participants are invited to explore the exhibit itself.

Light refreshments will be provided from Teaism by our sponsor HAWJ Studio.

This event was put together in partnership with Openbox Design and was made possible by our sponsor DC Public Library.


Venue name: Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, Conference Room Venue info: 901 G St NW, Washington, DC 20001, United States


  • Linnea Hegarty

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    Director of Events, Exhibits & Development at DC Public Library

    Linnea Hegarty is the Director of Events, Exhibits & Development at DC Public Library, where she manages the permanent and temporary art and historical exhibits at the MLK Library and 25 neighborhood libraries. She also leads the revenue-generating programs at the Library, including the event rental program and DCPL's partnership with DC Central Kitchen, which operates Marianne's Cafe at MLK.

    DC Public Library website

  • Monica Coghlan

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    Director of Design, Studio Joseph

    Monica Coghlan is the Director of Design for Studio Joseph, an architecture and exhibition design firm located in New York City.

    Studio Joseph website

  • Jamal Gray

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    Director of Events, Exhibits & Development at DC Public Library

    Jamal Gray, a native Washingtonian, is a musician, organizer, and curator. He is the Program Engagement Coordinator at Cultural DC.

    Cultural DC Website

  • Vinay Kumar Mysore

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    Senior design researcher, Openbox

    Vinay Kumar, an Indo-Canadian design researcher and creative based in Brooklyn, NY, is a project lead and senior design researcher at Openbox.

    Openbox website


All attendees must wear a mask for this event.

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When possible, in-person events will be moved to Zoom and a refund should not be expected. If an event is canceled in its entirety, a refund will be issued. In either scenario you will be notified immediately.


  • A sign language interpreter will not be present unless requested. If requested, we will do our best to employ a sign language interpreter for the event.
  • The venue is ADA accessible.
  • Accessible bathrooms are available at the venue.

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