Design Core Detroit to Receive $20,000 Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts

Detroit, MI February 11, 2021 — A part of the College for Creative Studies, Design Core Detroit has been approved for a $20,000 Grants for Arts Projects award to support 2021 Detroit Month of Design, an annual design festival that takes place every September 1-30. Design Core’s project is among 1,073 projects across America totaling nearly $25 million that were selected during this first round of fiscal year 2021 funding in the Grants for Arts Projects funding category. 

 “The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to support this project from the College of Creative Studies’ Design Core Detroit,” said Arts Endowment Acting Chairman Ann Eilers. “Design Core is among the arts organizations across the country that have demonstrated creativity, excellence, and resilience during this very challenging year.” 

 Designers are creative thinkers and doers that can transform problems through innovative ideas, solutions and actions. Designers are needed now more than ever and the Detroit Month of Design creates a platform to amplify those voices and messages,” says Kiana Wenzell, Director of Culture and Community at Design Core.

In celebration of Detroit’s designation as the first and only UNESCO City of Design in the United States, Design Core hosts Detroit Month of Design from September 1-30, 2021. More than 175 participants present over 75 events and special projects. Design Core is taking careful measures to program and fun, educational and safe in-person design experiences that include interactive installations, time-ticketed entry to exhibitions, outdoor experiences and more. Learn more about 2020 installations here.  2020 on-demand content can be accessed here. To learn more about the history of the festival, visit here

For more information on projects included in the Arts Endowment grant announcement, visit


Design Core Detroit
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, increases market demand for design services and tells Detroit’s design story locally and globally. Design Core is the steward of Detroit’s UNESCO City of Design designation and is a part of the College for Creative Studies. 

College for Creative Studies
The College for Creative Studies (CCS), located in the heart of Detroit, educates artists and designers to be leaders in the creative professions. A private, fully accredited college, CCS enrolls more than 1,400 students pursuing Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) and Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degrees. Students in the BFA program can major in Advertising Design, Art Practice (Fine Arts), Communication Design, Craft & Material Studies, Entertainment Arts, Fashion Accessories Design, Illustration, Interior Design, Photography, Product Design, and Transportation Design, in addition to a dual major Art Education program. Students in the MFA program can major in Color and Materials Design, Interaction Design, Systems Design Thinking, and Transportation Design. The College also offers non-credit courses in the visual arts through its Continuing and Precollege Studies programs and opportunities for youth through its Community Arts Partnerships programs.

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.

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