ACCelerate 2022: Call for proposals

This is a guest post from the organizers of the ACCelerate: ACC Smithsonian Creativity and Innovation Festival.

Wake Forest University is seeking projects for the third ACCelerate: ACC Smithsonian Creativity and Innovation Festival to be held in Washington, D.C. in early April 2022 during the Cherry Blossom Festival. Attendance is expected to exceed 60 thousand.

We are seeking exciting trans-disciplinary projects to represent the University at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. Collaborations between Wake Forest faculty, students and community teams are highly encouraged. Projects will be evaluated based on the potential to actively engage the festival audience, as well as completion and readiness. The University will submit two projects and an alternate to represent Wake Forest in the festival.

Important dates:

  • May 14, 2021: Application deadline for project consideration for the upcoming festival
  • August 10, 2021:  Projects submitted to the Festival Steering Committee
  • September 2021:  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 ACCelerate festival is an opportunity for all ACC schools to showcase their work to the public, each other, students, alumni, companies, legislators and invited guests from the nation’s capital. The inaugural three-day ACCelerate festival was held in 2017 as a celebration of creative exploration and research at the nexus of science, engineering, arts, and design. Visit to learn more about past festivals.

Read about Wake Forest’s participation in the 2019 ACCelerate Festival on the University news site, “Smithsonian to showcase WFU exhibits at ACCelerate Festival.”

To submit a proposal, 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 336.758.5094, or Martha Allman at or 336.758.5175.