To honor Detroit’s designation as a UNESCO City of Design, the Detroit Design Festival transitioned from a weeklong series of events to recognizing September 2018 as Detroit’s Month of Design. Presented by Design Core Detroit, organizers believe that creativity and design are essential tools for increasing quality of life and economic prosperity for all people of Detroit. Organizers and supporters envision a city where utilizing creativity and design is considered a fundamental way of doing business.
During September 2018, Detroit Month of Design 2018 celebrates Detroit’s role as a national and global design capital. Partners from all across Detroit, from emerging studios to established companies and educational institutions, come together with colleagues from across the nation and around the world to show off their latest works and ideas. These cross-disciplinary events take place in all corners of the city, highlighting the work makes Detroit a City of Design.
On December 11, 2015, Detroit became the first and only city in the United States to receive the UNESCO City of Design designation, joining a network of now 22 design cities and 180 cities focused on using creativity as a driver for sustainable and equitable development around the world. By joining the Network, cities acknowledge their commitment to sharing best practices, developing partnerships that promote creativity and the cultural industries, strengthening participation in cultural life and integrating culture in urban development plans.
The image above is a detail from a textile work designed by Ruth Adler Schnee, on exhibit at The Carr Center Gallery in October, 2015.