DETROIT MONTH OF DESIGN 2023 APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN
DETROIT, MI – February 6, 2023 – Detroit Month of Design returns for its 13th edition September 1-30. The open call to participate in this year’s festival runs Monday, February 13th through Sunday, April 2nd at 11:59pm, 2023 and offers numerous ways to get involved. Creatives are invited to submit ideas for experiences that appeal to both local and global audiences. More about Detroit Month of Design and open applications can be found here.
Detroit Month of Design is produced by Design Core Detroit, an economic development non-profit organization housed within the College for Creative Studies. The festival was established in 2011 to connect creatives, introduce them to new markets and consumers, expose Detroit’s design aesthetic to worldwide audiences, and highlight the reason why Detroit is the first and only UNESCO City of Design in the United States.
“”We will continue to explore the theme “United by Design” during the 2023 festival because it is too complex and important given current events. Years from now, the true legacy of the festival will be the messages it carried and the communities it connected to transformational moments and opportunities,” says Kiana Wenzell, Design Core Co-Executive Director.
Taking place throughout the City of Detroit and online, the festival features a balanced combination of virtual, outdoor, and indoor experiences. Key program elements include a mix of sponsored, independently-produced, and Design Core signature events that range from exhibitions, installations, product launches, lectures, panel discussions, tours, workshops and more. In 2022, the festival featured 175+ creatives, 80+ events, and engaged 50,000 attendees in various Detroit neighborhoods throughout the month.
The curatorial team that will assist in selecting the 2023 program includes:
•Abir Ali, Generator Z
•Brandon Hodges, Tribe Development
•Charles Garnett, General Motors
•Donna Jackson, DMJ Studios
•Elizabeth Mays, Mays Multimedia
•Eric Thomas, Chief Storyteller, City of Detroit
•Jay Williams, DTE
•Leah Rutt, Library Street Collective
•Paulina Petkoski, Playground Detroit
•Raymond Simpson, City of Detroit
•Below are the ways to get involved:
HOST AN EVENT, EXPERIENCE OR INSTALLATION
If you would like to organize or curate an event in September, Design Core wants to hear from you! All designers, curators, creatives, and innovators are invited to propose an idea for an indoor, outdoor or virtual experience. Detroit Month of Design events are independently managed, funded and produced by the event organizer.
Sometimes a designer has a great idea for an installation, talk or experience but needs a venue. If you own or manage a space that you'd like to activate with Detroit Month of Design programming, apply today.
Detroit Month of Design sponsorship not only delivers marketing impact, but also aligns brands wth the region’s largest design celebration and with Detroit’s UNESCO City of Design initiative. Design Core offers valuable support and guidance to customize a program to meet businesses needs.
SHOP AND SEE
Shop and See, is a partnership between Design Core and Bedrock that pairs local designers and brands with downtown retail shops to exhibit their work, drive traffic to the stores, and give people a chance to “See'' and "Shop" from the collection of Detroit businesses and makers.
ABOUT 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, increase 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 part of the College for Creative Studies.
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