DETROIT, Aug. 10, 2021 / — Design Core, the stewards of Detroit’s designation as the first and only UNESCO City of Design in the United States, announced their lineup of cultural programming for the 2021 edition of Detroit Month of Design. Spanning the entire month of September, more than 150+ participants will present over 80 events and special projects – the largest number for the festival to date. This year’s edition will include talks, tours, exhibitions, workshops, installations, and other immersive experiences. Showcasing some of the best cultural sites and experiences that the US can offer, Detroit Month of Design has crafted a calendar of in-person and virtual events.
“For this year’s edition of Detroit Month of Design, we are proud and excited to present a calendar of compelling and enriching cultural experiences that showcase the tenacity and creativity that makes Detroit a UNESCO Design City,” said Olga Stella, Director of Design Core Detroit. “Through the generous support of sponsors, Rocket Companies and the William Davidson Foundation, we hope that the festival will attract a broader audience to familiarize themselves with the diverse set of creatives that make up Detroit’s design community.”
Now in its 11th edition, Detroit Month of Design is dedicated to highlighting Detroit’s unique community voice. Following 2020, Detroit designers continue to focus on the future, create solutions to complex problems, and accelerate the transition to a more inclusive world. This year’s identity celebrates the growth within Detroit’s design community while honoring its distinctive cultural roots through compelling experiences for all – whether they are enjoyed outside, safely indoors, or from the comfort of home.
“Design is one of the main passion points for us here at Rocket Companies, so it only made sense to further ingrain ourselves within the design community of Detroit by partnering with the Detroit Month of Design,” said Andy Vitale, Executive Vice President of Design at Rocket Mortgage. “Not only do we have the privilege to support a hyper-talented local artist with an exhibition of her work, but we get to wave a flag for all the talent across our city.”
“Through Month of Design, Design Core Detroit continues to shine a light on the strength and diversity of Detroit designers and design business that sets this community apart. The William Davidson Foundation is proud to sponsor this year’s festival and Design Core’s work to introduce and highlight Detroit designers to national and global audiences,” said Darin McKeever, President and CEO, of the William Davidson Foundation.
ABOUT DETROIT MONTH OF DESIGN
Detroit Month of Design is a citywide celebration of creativity that gathers designers and the greater community to celebrate Detroit’s role as a national and global design capital. Every September, partners from all across Detroit, from emerging studios to established companies and educational institutions, come together to show off their latest works and ideas. These cross-disciplinary events take place in all corners of the city, highlighting the work that makes Detroit a City of Design.
ABOUT DESIGN CORE
Design Core Detroit champions design-driven businesses and their role in strengthening Detroit’s economy. It offers services to strengthen, grow and attract design businesses, increase market demand for design services and tells Detroit’s design story locally and globally. Design Core is a department within the College for Creative Studies, which is a private, nonprofit art and design college in Detroit, MI.
Design Core serves design-driven industries that specialize in design or utilize design as a central discipline of their business strategy. As the steward of Detroit’s UNESCO City of Design designation, Design Core serves as the convener and backbone organization for the Detroit City of Design initiative.