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- Month of Design
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We are making necessary adjustments to our programming in response to the evolving COVID-19 situation. Our offices are now closed, but our team will be working remotely. Read more.
This September marks the tenth anniversary of Detroit Month of Design, a milestone for the city of Detroit. We are looking to Detroit’s design community to propose ideas for applications for the 2020 edition of the citywide Design festival.
As a UNESCO City of Design, we remain adaptable and flexible to the many ways September can serve as a platform to elevate Detroit design talent, whether it’s virtually, in person or both.
Application Deadline Extended: April 20, 2020.
We are looking to infuse the month of September with diverse experiences that inspire and are calling all designers, curators and innovators to propose big ideas to be included in the Detroit Month of Design program guide. Independently hosted events include tours, workshops, talks, open studios and exhibitions.
We are also looking for traditional and nontraditional ways to engage our audience and push the boundaries of what an event can be. This includes street activations, parties, creative marketing, installations and more.
Design Core Detroit is inviting fashion and accessory designers to apply for Design in the City, a program made possible with support from the Gucci Changemakers Impact Fund. Design in the City is a competition for emerging fashion and accessory designers to receive a stipend of $2,000 to create an installation that will debut during Detroit Month of Design September 1st – 30th. The program will pair six designers, with an emphasis on women and designers of color, with neighborhood retail spaces to host their installations. Selected designers will receive ongoing technical assistance from industry experts.
Calling all designers, makers, and creatives to submit ideas for our inaugural Interactive Design Competition. Up to five winning designers or teams will receive $2,000 – $5,000 towards the costs of their materials, delivery, set-up and take away of their installation. The goal of the installations is to broaden the perception of design while introducing an interactive and playful experience to the festival.
In consideration of the impact of COVID-19 on our community, the 2020 edition of the Commerce Design Awards will be canceled. Maintaining our commitment to serving Detroit’s small business and design community, the Commerce Design refresh Grant will remain in place.
We are committed to serving Detroit’s small business and design community and will still be moving forward with the Commerce Design Refresh Grant. The Commerce Design Refresh Grant is a $20,000 grant offered to commercial small business owners who have applied for a Commerce Design Award in the past two years. Made possible by Bank of America.
Sometimes a designer has a great idea for an installation, talk or design experience but needs a space. If you have a cool space, and want to open your doors for design programming, complete this application and member of our team will contact you if we come across a designer, in the open call process, that is looking for a venue.
Design Core can put your brand in the middle of one of the country’s largest and most dynamic design experiences. Whether you’re launching a new product or looking to expand your market reach, we can help you amplify your impact.
Design Core volunteers are true advocates of Detroit design and help us put on a dynamic show in September and year round. Volunteering for Design Core puts you in the middle of one of the country’s largest and most dynamic design experiences. Whether you’re a design enthusiasts or creative professional we can help you connect while having social impact.
Note: As a UNESCO City of Design, disseminating calls for participation in design competitions or awards must follow the general principles set forth by the United Nations Creative Cities Network.