Transdisciplinary projects sought to represent Wake Forest at festival

The following is a guest post from Tim Pyatt, dean of Z. Smith Reynolds Library, and Assistant Vice President Andrea Ellis, Office of Personal and Career Development:

Wake Forest University will be participating in the third ACCelerate: ACC Smithsonian Creativity and Innovation Festival to be held in Washington, D.C. on April 9-11, 2021 during the cherry blossom festival. Attendance is expected to exceed 60,000.

We are seeking exciting transdisciplinary projects to represent the University at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.  Projects involving WFU/faculty/student/community teams are highly encouraged. Projects submitted will be evaluated based on completion/readiness and the potential to actively engage the festival audience.

The timeline is as follows:

  • April 17, 2020: Application deadline for project consideration for the upcoming festival.
  • May 12, 2020:  Projects will be reviewed by the Festival Steering Committee.
  • June 23, 2020:  Representatives from all ACC schools meet to prioritize projects
  • September 2020:  Notifications of final acceptance for the festival will be sent.

Support from the Office of Provost will be available to help with the creation and transportation of the exhibits and exhibitors.

The first ACCelerate festival was on October 13-15, 2017 and second was held April 5-7, 2019. To learn more about the previous Festivals, please visit 

Please complete this form with as much detail as you can provide.  We understand that you may not be able to answer all questions by the deadline. For more information, contact Tim Pyatt at or 758-5094, or Andrea Ellis at or 758-4322.