This year during Eastern Market After Dark Design Core will convert Shed 2 into the “North End Pavilion” to honor and support the works and stories of Detroit’s North End Community. Design Core is partnering with Philip Simpson, Donna Jackson, Bryce Detroit, Reshounn Foster, LaDonna Little, the Underground Music Academy and more for curation.

The goal of the installation, We Are Northend, is to celebrate who we are and to share the vision of our community as the city of Detroit changes and advances. This installation will include photos, stories as well as music, food and art specifically from Northend community members.  

Do you have photos or stories of your family, friends or favorite moments in the North End that you would want  that you want to share in celebration of our Community? Please submit below and LET'S TELL OUR STORY!

Design Core Detroit is honored to celebrate the 13th annual Detroit Month of Design September 1st - 30th, 2023.

The Detroit Month of Design was established to connect creatives with one another, introduce them to new consumers, and expose Detroit’s creative talent and design aesthetic to national and global audiences. Taking place throughout the City of Detroit, the Month of Design festival features a mix of independently-produced events that include exhibitions, installations, product launches, lectures, panel discussions, tours, open houses, retail happenings and workshops.

Are you a designer, curator, or organization that has an online or in-person event or experience that shows how design can be used as a tool for building resiliency and unifying communities? If so, we want to hear from you!

Festival events will be selected by a curatorial committee of local experts to be included in the official 2023 calendar. Selected events and experiences will be listed on the Month of Design schedule, included in general festival marketing, and be provided with festival-specific promotional language and graphics. Additional marketing may also be provided based on media interest.

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This is for you if:

You are a designer, organization or curator that has an online or in-person event, exhibition, or installation you want to self-produce and have listed on the official Detroit Month of Design calendar.

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 micro-grants 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.

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.

Selected events receive the following through the festival platform:

  • A listing on the online festival schedule (one webpage with a 300-word description, image and hyperlink to event organizers website or event page);
  • Inclusion in general festival marketing;
  • Provided with festival-specific promotional language and graphics;
  • Invitation to Month of Design orientation;
  • Additional marketing may also be provided based on media interest.
  • Up to two revisions to event webpage (Turn around time is 7 days)
  • Invitation to Anti-ableism training facilitated by Detroit Disability Power.

Proposed Timeline

  • February - March: Open Call Process
  • April: Designers are notified and orientation is held
  • May: Event organizers finalize events details for inclusion in the online schedule
  • June - August: Promotion, planning and schedule distribution
  • September: Detroit Month of Design
  • October: Reporting and tracking

Selection Criteria:

1.) Creativity: Will this idea highlight Detroit talent or innovation in a unique and authentic way? Consider the originality of the concept.

2.) Story: Does the event offer a compelling visual story that celebrates Detroit design?

3.) Collaboration: Does the event illustrate collaboration or collaborative problem solving between designer and client, designer and other organizations or neighborhood and the community?

4.) Feasibility of design: Is this event, experience or installation feasible given the current social climate and the amount of time until the festival?

5.) Social Impact: Does the event, experience or installation address how design can unite or increase resiliency for local and/or global communities?

6). Inclusive Design: Does this event embrace inclusive design principles or practices?

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

About Detroit Month of Design

The Detroit Month of Design is an 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.

Design Core is organizing a hybrid program that will feature a balanced combination of virtual, outdoor and safe indoor experiences. We welcome fun, interactive and educational ideas from local, national and international designers and thought leaders.

About Design Core Detroit

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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