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Detroit Month of Design


Design is all around us and Detroit Month of Design is here to show the world why thoughtful design matters now more than ever. Design Core has organized a fun and educational program, featuring both local and international guests, that can be enjoyed in-person or from the comfort of home. Whether you want to experience something new, discover talent, or learn about how design impacts our lives, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

DETROIT, MI - August 9, 2021 - Design Core, the stewards of Detroit’s designation as the first and only UNESCO City of Design in the United States, announced their lineup of cultural programming for the 2021 edition of Detroit Month of Design. Spanning the entire month of September, more than 150+ participants will present over 80 events and special projects - the largest number for the festival to date. This year’s edition will include talks, tours, exhibitions, workshops, installations, and other immersive experiences. Showcasing some of the best cultural sites and experiences that the US can offer, Detroit Month of Design has crafted a calendar of in-person and virtual events.

“For this year’s edition of Detroit Month of Design, we are proud and excited to present a calendar of compelling and enriching cultural experiences that showcase the tenacity and creativity that makes Detroit a UNESCO Design City,” said Olga Stella, Director of Design Core Detroit. “Through the generous support of sponsors, Rocket Companies and the William Davidson Foundation, we hope that the festival will attract a broader audience to familiarize themselves with the diverse set of creatives that make up Detroit's design community.”

Now in its 11th edition, Detroit Month of Design is dedicated to highlighting Detroit’s unique community voice. Following 2020, Detroit designers continue to focus on the future, create solutions to complex problems, and accelerate the transition to a more inclusive world. This year’s identity celebrates the growth within Detroit’s design community while honoring its distinctive cultural roots through compelling experiences for all - whether they are enjoyed outside, safely indoors, or from the comfort of home

Detroit Month of Design by the Numbers
8 Design Experiences
20 Exhibitions
11 Installations
4 Open Studios
12 Talks
8 Tours
15 Workshops
4 Youth + Family

About 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.

About Design Core
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 a department within the College for Creative Studies, which is a private, nonprofit art and design college in Detroit, MI. Design Core serves design-driven industries that specialize in design or utilize design as a central discipline of their business strategy. As the steward of Detroit’s UNESCO City of Design designation, Design Core serves as the convener and backbone organization for the Detroit City of Design initiative.


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Rocket Companies, William Davidson Foundation, Hudson Webber Foundation, The Kresge Foundation, Michigan Council For Arts and Cultural Affairs, National Endowment for Arts, College for Creatives Studies, Gardner White, Downtown Detriot Partnership, Foot Locker, Kickstarter, The Platform, Rocket Community Fund, ERB Family Foundation, Detriot Historical Society100, DPL Foundation, Display Group, Herman Miller, Ford,College of Eduaction and Human Services, Detriot Pistons, Ford House, Best Tool and Engineering, Digital Print Specialties, American Liquor, Carhartt, State Farm, CCS CAP, MoGo, Design Milk, Azure, Playground Detriot, and WDET 101.9 FM
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