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How long is the open call for the Detroit Month of Design?

The call is open from Monday, February 28th – Sunday, April 24th 11:59 EST.

Who is eligible to apply?

Submissions are open to the public. We place an emphasis on showcasing Detroit talent but are open to submissions from regional, national and international designers, brands and organizations.

Are microgrants available for independent happenings?

Events and experiences are independently funded, managed and implemented by the event organizer. Design Core does not offer micro-grants for independent happenings. We recommend having a plan in place to attain the financial and technical support needed to execute your event, experience, or installation.

Do I need to find my own venue?

Yes, independent event organizers are responsible for securing a space to host their in-person or outdoor events. Design Core will try to match designers with venues when possible but there is no guarantee.

Can I apply to more than one open call?

Detroit Month of Design applicants are not limited to one submission. Please fill out a new application to be considered for other opportunities.

Do I have to pay to submit my application?

No, there is no application fee to apply for Detroit Month of Design. However, there is a $50 participation fee that you will have to pay if your application is accepted. This fee supports costs associated with the festival and promoting your event.

How will applications be selected for inclusion?

Applications will be reviewed by a diverse curatorial committee and selected based on the following criteria: creativity, story, collaboration, feasibility, social impact, and inclusive design.

The 2021 curatorial committee includes the following local and national designers, business owners, and influencers:

  • Tanya Stephens, Independent Curator, Art Advisor, Cultural Strategist
  • Rochelle Riley, Director of Arts and Culture, City of Detroit
  • Leslie Ann Pilling, Founder Metropolitan Museum of Design Detroit (MM-O-DD)
  • Yuval Shannon, Michigan Opera Theatre, Creative Director
  • Pierre Roberson, Project Architect and Design Lead, AECOM

What kinds of events are included in Detroit Month of Design?

Each year, we like to develop a program that can appeal to a diverse audience who is looking to engage in design in a multitude of ways. This means visual, interactive and educational experiences that can be enjoyed safely in-person (indoors and/or outdoors) and/or virtually.

Events typically fall into the following categories:

  • Exhibitions
  • Installations
  • Tours
  • Open studios
  • Workshops
  • Talks
  • Youth/family friendly events

What ideas, themes, and concepts are you looking to feature in 2022?

Design Core is focused on the products, services and systems that help our communities become more resilient and united. The quality of our future depends on acknowledging our interdependence, and creating ways of living and innovating that responds to that reality.

We want to see how you bring unity to the forefront, as we believe this element holds the key to creating a future in which all people and our planet thrive.

What are some things I can consider when planning an event during the pandemic?

  • Installations
  • Outdoor experiences
  • Socially distant workshops
  • Time ticketed entry for in-person events
  • Accessibility (i.e. live transcripts for virtual events, physical access, onsite signage)
  • Adding a virtual component to your talk, workshops, exhibitions, etc.
  • Multi-day programming that allows for small groups to enter over a period of time

If my event occurs on multiple dates will all the dates be listed?

Each event gets one calendar listing. The start date of a multi-day event will be listed on the calendar. Full event information, including additional dates and times, will be listed on the event web page.

COVID Precautions

All in-person events will follow the guide-lines for group gatherings set by the State of Michigan. Design Core is taking careful measures to ensure a safe Detroit Month of Design experience. Measures include time-ticketed entry into indoor events, private tours of exhibitions, virtual streaming options, outdoor experiences, no-touch installations, mask requirements, social distancing and heightened sanitation practices and more. We also ask that any in-person events require advance registration.