Month of Design Calendar of Events

Calendar of Events

Month of Design 2022

Design Core Detroit

FEATURED EVENT

DETROIT MONTH OF DESIGN KICK-OFF PARTY

  • 09/01/2022
  • 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
  • 2905 Beaufait St #4, Detroit, MI 48207

To kick off the 12th Annual Detroit Month of Design Festival, please join us to celebrate the designers, products and projects that showcase our city’s creative talent and small businesses at Spot Lite Detroit, sponsored by DTE Energy and DTE Foundation. There will be live entertainment, live art, DJs and food trucks throughout the night.

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Detroit Month of Design Kick-off Party

Design Experience
Design Core Detroit
09/01/2022
Design Core Detroit
09/01/2022
2905 Beaufait St #4, Detroit, MI 48207
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Detroit Month of Design Kick-off Party

Design Experience

To kick off the 12th Annual Detroit Month of Design Festival, please join us to celebrate the designers, products and projects that showcase our city’s creative talent and small businesses at Spot Lite Detroit, sponsored by DTE Energy and DTE Foundation. There will be live entertainment, live art, DJs and food trucks throughout the night. A Flashmob Fashion Show, produced by The Fetish...

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Sneaker House

Exhibition, Workshop
Design Core Detroit and Foot Locker
09/02/2022 - 09/30/2022
Design Core Detroit and Foot Locker
09/02/2022 - 09/30/2022
6001 Cass Ave., Detroit, MI 48202
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Sneaker House

Exhibition , Workshop

The Sneaker House Opening Reception will be held on Friday, September 2nd from 6pm - 8pm at WeWork, 6001 Cass Ave. Sneaker House presented by Foot Locker will showcase art and an installation along with complimentary programing that celebrates and highlights sneaker culture. The activation will include visually dynamic displays and artworks by local following creatives. Viewing hours: Monday - Friday 10am -...

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Seeing Differently: Detroit by Bike

Tour
MoGo
09/07/2022
MoGo
09/07/2022
444 Smith Street Detroit, MI 48202
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Seeing Differently: Detroit by Bike

Tour

Join MoGo for a Month of Design bike ride! We'll ride from the North End down to the Riverwalk and use some of Detroit's favorite greenways along the way.

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PROJECT HOPE : Creative Revolution Mural

Installation
College For Creative Studies
09/07/2022
College For Creative Studies
09/07/2022
Walter B. Ford II Building 301 Frederick St, Detroit, MI 48202
5:30 am - 8:30 pm

PROJECT HOPE : Creative Revolution Mural

Installation

This event is the the grand unveiling of the final installation of Project: Hope, the creative revolution, a mural project that began as the senior thesis between two international students at the College For Creative Studies and soon became a cross department collaboration project first of its kind. We were inspired by the Diago Rivera mural at the DIA and wanted to create...

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Creating the Change – Panel Conversation and Networking Reception

Talk
College for Creative Studies
09/08/2022
College for Creative Studies
09/08/2022
460 W. Baltimore Detroit, MI 48202
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Creating the Change – Panel Conversation and Networking Reception

Talk

College for Creative Studies (CCS) welcomes you to a conversation exploring the intersection of art, design, and entrepreneurship and the impact they have in solving problems for the public good. CCS alumna Nina Bianchi ('04) will lead a panel of fellow alumni in a conversation on leveraging creative talent to address and support organizations striving to enrich our communities and create change. Afterward,...

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How to Start a Startup’ Viewing & Discussion Series

Talk
Hexagon Creative LLC.
09/08/2022
Hexagon Creative LLC.
09/08/2022
6001 Cass Ave, fl 2 Detroit, MI
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

How to Start a Startup’ Viewing & Discussion Series

Talk

How To Start A Startup is a community of entrepreneurs in Detroit. We offer diverse programming in the form of panels, workshops, training, and competitions. We meet in different areas of Detroit to provide accessibility. Our mission is provide dreamers with resources to grow their ventures. The goal is to provide a unique learning opportunity for local entrepreneurs as well as foster productive...

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Building a Lasting Impact

Exhibition
Gucci
09/09/2022 - 09/11/2022
Gucci
09/09/2022 - 09/11/2022
4454 Woodward Avenue, Detroit MI 48201
Multiple Times/ View Event Details

Building a Lasting Impact

Exhibition

To honor Gucci’s new permanent home in the city, Gucci is pleased to participate in the 12th annual Detroit Month of Design with the 2022 Gucci Changemakers Scholars exhibition entitled "Building a Lasting Impact" at MOCAD, on view from September 9 until September 11. Curated by Kiana Wenzell, Co-Executive Director of Design Core Detroit, the presentation will highlight the work of the 2022...

ASWD Big Block Party Featuring The Inaugural Design IT Contest

Exhibition, Youth & Family
Architectural Salvage Warehouse of Detroit
September 10th
Architectural Salvage Warehouse of Detroit
September 10th
5110 Bellevue St Detroit, MI 48211
3:00 pm - 8:00 pm

ASWD Big Block Party Featuring The Inaugural Design IT Contest

Exhibition , Youth & Family

Architectural Salvage Warehouse of Detroit, a Detroit-based nonprofit dedicated to the salvaging of Detroit building and construction resources, is hosting a Big Block Party, a community event with live music, local food, and an art auction. The event is intended to serve as the launching point for the inaugural Design IT (Inspiration Transformation) competition, where participating artists will auction their work as part of the...

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Design on the Ave: Walking Tours

Tour
City Institute
09/10/2022 - 09/24/2022
City Institute
09/10/2022 - 09/24/2022
19363 Livernois, Detroit, MI, 48221
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Design on the Ave: Walking Tours

Tour

Join us for a walking tour of Livernois, The Avenue of Fashion! Located in Northwest Detroit, Livernois has long been the heart of fashion and art retail in Detroit. It is also home to numerous captivating murals that feature some of Detroit's most influential residents. We will visit shops that are new to the Avenue within the last few years, as well as...

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Sugar Hill Clay Open House

Open Studio
Sugar Hill Clay
09/10/2022
Sugar Hill Clay
09/10/2022
71 Garfield, Detroit, MI 48201
12:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Sugar Hill Clay Open House

Open Studio

During this year's Month of Design, we would like to invite the public to visit our studio and talk to our students and members. A variety of work made in the studio, functional and decorative ceramic wares, will be showcased and available to the public.

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Pewabic: Creating Connection through Clay

Open Studio
Pewabic Pottery
09/10/2022
Pewabic Pottery
09/10/2022
10125 E Jefferson Ave Detroit, MI 48214
3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Pewabic: Creating Connection through Clay

Open Studio

Join us at Pewabic Pottery's National Historic Landmark studio for a special behind-the-scenes look at our traditional design process. Participants will enjoy refreshments in our courtyard, tours of our production space and a presentation from our design team in our tile showroom. Stop by anytime during this event to connect with our tile making process through both visual and hands-on experiences – from...

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Solanus Casey Center Addition Tour: An Open Door to Design Process and Mission

Tour
Hamilton Anderson Associates, Solanus Casey Center, AM Higley
09/11/2022
Hamilton Anderson Associates, Solanus Casey Center, AM Higley
09/11/2022
1780 Mt Elliott St Detroit, MI 48207
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Solanus Casey Center Addition Tour: An Open Door to Design Process and Mission

Tour

The Solanus Casey Center’s recently completed building addition will give attendees an opportunity to learn about the unique design collaboration that resulted in a space that welcomes visitors from near and far and reflects the mission of Blessed Solanus Casey, who spent his life in the service of people. As porter of the Detroit monastery door, he met thousands of people from every...

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New Design Intersections = Future Mobility + Urban Spaces

Exhibition
POCO Labs, Stantec GenAV
09/14/2022
POCO Labs, Stantec GenAV
09/14/2022
One Woodward Avenue Detroit
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm

New Design Intersections = Future Mobility + Urban Spaces

Exhibition

POCO Labs and Stantec Generation AV share examples of the latest design thinking on the intersection between new mobility solutions and next generation public and private spaces.

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Eastern Market After Dark

Design Experience
Design Core
09/15/2022
Design Core
09/15/2022
2500 Russell Street Detroit, MI 48207
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Eastern Market After Dark

Design Experience

Eastern Market After Dark (EMAD) is a signature component of the Detroit Month of Design. EMAD is a district wide night market and open-studio involving several galleries, retailers, brand activations, and music. Introduced as part of the festival programming in 2012, EMAD has grown from an initial attendance level of 4,000 to attracting more than 25,000 attendees in 2019 and featuring the work...

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Cranbrook Academy of Art Alumni Open Studios

Open Studio
Cranbrook Academy of Art
09/17/2022 - 09/18/2022
Cranbrook Academy of Art
09/17/2022 - 09/18/2022
Multiple locations
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Cranbrook Academy of Art Alumni Open Studios

Open Studio

Enjoy a self-guided tour of Academy alumni studio spaces in our neighboring cities.

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Connecting Across Town

Open Studio
Trice Clark
09/17/2022
Trice Clark
09/17/2022
15631 E Warren Ave Detroit, MI 48224
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Connecting Across Town

Open Studio

Crosstown Connection aims to connect Mornigside residents with the rest of the world by amplifying existing neighboring resources. We believe that technology is more than just electronics but any tool that helps make life easier. The East Warren Tool Library will be hosting Crosstown Connection during Detroit's Month of Deisgn for an intimate event. Join us as we unveil more tangible aspects of...

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The Mind of a Muralist: Exploring Mural Mural-Making in Metro Detroit with Hubert Massey, Ijania Cortez and Deborah Lubera Kawsky

Talk
Presented in partnership with the City Office of Arts, Culture and Entrepreneurship, the Marygrove Conservancy and Art Impact Connect.
09/18/2022
Presented in partnership with the City Office of Arts, Culture and Entrepreneurship, the Marygrove Conservancy and Art Impact Connect.
09/18/2022
8425 McNichols Rd. Detroit, MI 48221
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The Mind of a Muralist: Exploring Mural Mural-Making in Metro Detroit with Hubert Massey, Ijania Cortez and Deborah Lubera Kawsky

Talk

Explore the media, motivations and messaging behind mural-making in Metro Detroit and enjoy a special performance by the Detroit Youth Choir. Join Detroit artists/muralists Hubert Massey and Ijania Cortez and art historian Deborah Lubera Kawsky for a visual presentation and panel discussion, featuring recent work by Massey and Cortez and a newly-rediscovered/restored mural by midcentury designer Alexander Girard. Mural imagery by Massey, Cortez...

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Their Untold Stories – Black Landscape Architects Michigan Connection

Exhibition
The University of Detroit Mercy / Detroit Collaborative Design Center; Ijeomalandartscapes LLC
09/19/2022 - 09/30/2022
The University of Detroit Mercy / Detroit Collaborative Design Center; Ijeomalandartscapes LLC
09/19/2022 - 09/30/2022
Loranger Architecture Building 4001 W McNichols Rd, Detroit, MI 48221
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Their Untold Stories – Black Landscape Architects Michigan Connection

Exhibition

This exhibition explores the history, efforts, and impacts of Black landscape architects with a Michigan connection and how their influences have impacted their journeys as Black landscape architects. Through an artistic and research based approach, this exhibition displays a visually compelling timeline of their stories, forming a deeper unified linkage to the state of Michigan, the city of Detroit and surrounding areas. University...

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Hawkins Family Legacy

Exhibition
Live6 Alliance
09/23/2022 - 10/21/2022
Live6 Alliance
09/23/2022 - 10/21/2022
7426 W. McNichols Detroit, MI 48221
10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Hawkins Family Legacy

Exhibition

Live6 Alliance along with Kresge Foundation would like to honor the legacy of the Hawkins Family, Founders of Hawkins Apparel which was originally housed at the HomeBase location on 7426 West McNichols. There will be an open display of historical information (news articles, photos) with a historical talk and reception at the Live6 Alliance HomeBase facility. Sponsored by The Kresge Foundation and National...

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The Alley Activation Station: A Co-Creation Celebration

Tour, Youth & Family
The Neighborhood Association
09/24/2022
The Neighborhood Association
09/24/2022
5821 W. Outer Drive Detroit, MI 48235
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

The Alley Activation Station: A Co-Creation Celebration

Tour , Youth & Family

This showcase event will feature several activities and installations designed to bring back alleys into the foreground of urban neighborhood life. Event participants will see displays of proposed alley designs and completed alley murals and installations. They may also experience virtual reality (VR) alley designs and participate in generating new ideas for alley activation. Self-guided walking tours of the four-block alley network will...

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Blender Renders: 3D Modeling for Beginners

Workshop
Each and Every Press
09/24/2022
Each and Every Press
09/24/2022
Virtual
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Blender Renders: 3D Modeling for Beginners

Workshop

Blender is a free, fun 3D modeling program with applications for building digital objects, illustrating, video editing, and more. Brendan, head of Risograph studio Each and Every Press, will talk about his studio's work and, alongside participants, create a virtual 3D object: a desk lamp. This class will cover the basics of Blender and hopefully provide each participant with a framework for setting...

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Cave Open Studio

Open Studio
Cave
09/24/2022
Cave
09/24/2022
1604 Clay St, Detroit, MI 48211 Suite #308
12:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Cave Open Studio

Open Studio

Cave will be hosting an Open Studio experience where members of the public can tour the space and see individual artist studios. The space is made up of 12 studios with a variety of mediums and practices: painting, sculpture, digital fabrication, textile/embroidery and fashion design among others. Artists will be available to talk to visitors about their practice and may be working on...

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Connecting Community & Commerce through Arts & Culture

Exhibition
Hamtramck Arts&Culture Commission, Oloman Cafe+Gallery, EMU CDIS REACH Project, Hamtramck's Centennial Committee
09/24/2022 - 09/25/2022
Hamtramck Arts&Culture Commission, Oloman Cafe+Gallery, EMU CDIS REACH Project, Hamtramck's Centennial Committee
09/24/2022 - 09/25/2022
10215 Jos Campau Hamtramck, MI 48212
Multiple Times/ View Event Details

Connecting Community & Commerce through Arts & Culture

Exhibition

Hamtramck Arts&Culture Commission will present a collective exhibition of featured works of our 12th Annual Hamtramck Neighborhood Art Festival <www.hamtramckneighborhoodartsfestival.com >, and premiere this year's HNAF poster & graphics by Kaitlin Noelle <kaitlinnoelle.com>, along with other HACC commissioned works we've recently done, like our City Official 100th Anniversary logo by Hamtramck's own known artist, Dave Toennies <tonyesdesign.com > Along with spotlighting Art &...

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Cody Rouge W Warren Mural Connection

Tour, Youth & Family, Youth Activity
Cody Rouge Community Action Alliance CDC (CRCAA)
09/24/2022
Cody Rouge Community Action Alliance CDC (CRCAA)
09/24/2022
18899 W Chicago Detroit MI 48228
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Cody Rouge W Warren Mural Connection

Tour , Youth & Family , Youth Activity

"The Cody Rouge W Warren Mural Connection Festival will kick off on 8/13 at the 16th Family Fun Day for the community. The 7 community selected artist for the W Warren Project will be formerly introduced to the community. The grand finale will take place on 9/24 on the W Warren Corridor. This will be a fun filled event to highlight the 8...

The world is yours with BuzzFiles

Design Experience
BuzzFiles
09/24/2022
BuzzFiles
09/24/2022
2937 E Grand Blvd, Detroit, MI 48202
Multiple Times/ View Event Details

The world is yours with BuzzFiles

Design Experience

The world is yours with BuzzFiles. In this one-day experience, creatives and models are invited to conceptualize and execute their dream fashion projects. Participants will simulate an industry-standard production by way of BuzzFiles’ Creative Network flow, challenging them to collaborate, showcase originality and embrace design thinking. Projects will be presented in a public runway presentation followed by a networking mixer.BuzzFiles is a member-based...

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Sustainable Detroit Forum

Talk
U.S. Green Building Council - Detroit Region
09/28/2022
U.S. Green Building Council - Detroit Region
09/28/2022
5221 Gullen Mall Detroit, MI 48202
9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Sustainable Detroit Forum

Talk

The USGBC Detroit Region is pleased to announce that the 6th annual Sustainable Detroit Forum is back in-person! Join us for a day of connecting and learning about the amazing sustainability work happening in the Detroit area. From sessions on various topics, exhibitors and social hour, we will have something for everyone. Sign up to receive more information, we look forward to seeing...

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Detroit Month of Design Closing Party

Experience
Lafayette American and Design Core Detroit
09/29/2022
Lafayette American and Design Core Detroit
09/29/2022
5000 Grand River Ave, Detroit, MI 48208
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Detroit Month of Design Closing Party

Experience

Design Core Detroit is celebrating the completion of the 12th Annual Detroit Month of Design with a wrap up event at Lafayette American! Lafayette American is thrilled to be hosting the grand closing party. Please join us to celebrate the designers, products and projects that showcased our city’s creative talent and small businesses. In addition, learn about the 2022 City of Design Challenge Open...

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Soirée on the Greenway

Design Experience
Detroit Riverfront Conservancy
09/30/2022
Detroit Riverfront Conservancy
09/30/2022
Dequindre Cut Greenway, Detroit, MI 48207
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Soirée on the Greenway

Design Experience

Soirée on the Greenway returns for a masquerade under the stars in one of Detroit’s most beloved public spaces, the Dequindre Cut. For the first time, this fall fundraiser will be an exclusive preview to Detroit Harvest Fest & Food Truck Rally. Over 50,000 people attended Harvest Fest in 2021, and Soirée will be an opportunity to beat the crowds and preview this...

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Jumuah at Masjid Al-Earth : Return to Source

Exhibition
#BilalianExperience
09/30/2022
#BilalianExperience
09/30/2022
19400 Bentler Detroit, MI 48219
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Jumuah at Masjid Al-Earth : Return to Source

Exhibition

“Jumuah at Masjid Al-Earth: Back to the Beginning” is an exhibition showcasing artwork by Black Muslim artists who were forced to create in their own homes during the pandemic. Covid-19 not only forced us inside of our homes but forced us to read imagine how we engage with community. Community is very important to the Black Muslim. Therefore what was once a jovial...

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