This September, Detroit Month of Design is back for its 12th edition. The 2022 festival will offer events and experiences that can be enjoyed outside, safely indoors, or from the comfort of home.  


If you own or manage a space that you'd like to activate with Detroit Month of Design programming, we want to hear from you! Sometimes a designer has a great idea for an installation, talk or experience but need a venue. If you have a cool space and want to open your doors for design programming, complete this application and a member of our team will contact you.


Applications for venue host are open from Monday February 25th and will close on Friday, July 1st at 11:59pm EST. If you have questions or if you need disability assistance to complete this form kindly email: submissions@designcore.org.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO APPLY?
Venue opportunities are open to the public. We place an emphasis on venues located in Detroit, but are open to submissions from regional businesses and organizations.  


FUNDING

Host venues are asked to open up their space in-kind if paired with a designer. The remainder of the event programming is funded, managed and implemented by the organizing designer. Design Core does not offer micro-grants to independent event organizers . We recommend all designers have a plan in place to attain the financial and technical support needed to execute their event or experience.

PARTICIPATION FEE
There is no participation fee for venue host.

TIMELINE
February: Open call is published
April: Applications close, designers notified
May: Venues contacted by Design Core
June: Design Core works to pair designers with a host venue.
July: Design Core finalizes matchmakings and pairings
August: Event promotion and planning
September: Detroit Month of Design!
October: Submit your event survey provided by Design Core Detroit


About Detroit Month of Design

The Detroit Month of Design is annual festival highlighting multi-disciplinary design practices throughout the city. This citywide celebration gathers designers, business owners, consumers and enthusiasts to honor and recognize Detroit's role as a national and global design capital. The festival is an opportunity for makers and the greater community to experience the latest works and ideas by Detroit's top design talent.   


About Design Core Detroit

Design Core Detroit's mission is to establish Detroit as a recognized and valued world-class resource for creative talent by strengthening design-driven businesses. In addition to providing traditional business support services to design businesses, Design Core works to grow the market for Detroit design and works to position Detroit design as having unique value. Design Core is a department within College for Creative Studies. As the steward of Detroit’s UNESCO City of Design designation, Design Core also serves as the convener and backbone organization for the Detroit City of Design initiative.


Applicants are not limited to one submission. Please fill out another application to be considered for other opportunities.


Email questions to: submissions@designcore.org.





A Detroit Month of Design Sponsorship not only delivers marketing impact, but also aligns brands with the region’s largest design celebration and with Detroit’s UNESCO City of Design initiative. Design Core offers valuable support and guidance to develop a custom program to meet your businesses needs, while expanding Detroit Month of Design’s impact.


A variety of sponsorship packages and programs are available based on a sponsor or funders budget and marketing goals. Sponsors can choose to sponsor the entire festival, a track, specific events, or some combination.

Design Core will work with potential sponsors to develop the right level and types of benefits based on their needs and interests. The higher packages will position sponsor brands in front of the largest audiences. For example, exhibitions, tours and installations tend to attract the most interest. They also are the most visual and engaging.


Sponsor packages primarily vary based on the level and extent of the following benefits:

  • Promotional presence at relevant events that could include; brand activations, digital promotion, onsite signage or visual marketing materials
  • Logo placement on the Design Core website, relevant event pages and printed materials
  • Professional hi-res images of festival attendees engaging with sponsor’s brand
  • Recognition in dedicated email blasts and social media marketing
  • Speaking opportunities
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