Chris and I with Caroline Baumann, the Director of the Cooper Hewitt at the 20th National Design Awards. Photo Credit: Darian DiCianno/

I believe in the power of design to change the world — from climate and health solutions to accessibility and justice. The Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum’s platform celebrates and harnesses that power across our nation and beyond. In that light, I am honored to be joining the Cooper Hewitt’s Board of Trustees to help the museum fulfill this important mission.

Throughout history, there’s been a common misperception that design is merely a tool to beautify the world. Rather, I believe it is an integral part of bettering our human existence. In recent years, design has garnered more of the…

photo by Larissa Cleveland

A couple weeks before Mother’s Day, the folks at the Creative Action Network reached out to see if I could send them a few thoughts on how I juggle making art with being a parent for their Mother’s Day blog featuring some of their mama artists. In responding, I realized how much I have benefitted creatively through raising my children because of the interesting parameters and lessons that come with managing the lives of little humans.

Becoming a parent was one of the most creative transformations of my life–each day is filling a canvas to help young minds learn about…

Like most Americans, Chris and I were hoping rationality, fairness, and compassion for our fellow humans would prevail in the 2016 elections. Whoops.

Since then, as our democratic way of life is under assault every day, many of you have asked, “What do we do now?” Early on, we didn’t have good answers to that question. So we rolled up our sleeves and got to work.
Together with our Chief of Staff, Clay Dumas, who joined us from the Obama White House, and countless advisers and researchers, Chris and I dug into what went wrong.

In 2016, Democrats made some…

by Crystal English Sacca

Last week I got an email from a good friend the week before she was due with her first baby:

Beautiful pals:

With one week until our due date, I’d love to solicit your wise words regarding labor/delivery and bringing a new bebe home. All thoughts welcome, especially around:

+ What did you wish you knew or really heard going in?

+ What surprised you in a good way?

+ Bonus: any pain management tips that worked especially for you.

I know how much y’all have going on so this is an “as you think of…

Crystal English Sacca

Co-author of bestsellers: Lowercase partner Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum Trustee, Mom of 3 badasses

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