The Detroit Month of Design Festival is in Full Swing Throughout September

What used to be a five-day festival to appreciate Detroit design and creators has now evolved to a month-long explosion of artistry. For the first time, Design Core Detroit has dubbed September to be the Detroit Month of Design. With that comes a 30-day hoorah of events and projects meant to be a "citywide celebration of creativity that gathers designers and the greater community to celebrate Detroit's role as a national and global design capital."

In 2015, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization named Detroit as its only U.S. "City of Design," an accolade that credits a city's design legacy and commitment to promote cultural and creative industries. It was this appointment that Design Core Detroit creative director Melinda Anderson says encouraged the festival expansion. "It brings a distinction to the city. So, we join other international cities who have utilized this designation to improve their economy and to also bring a lot of attention to the creatives in their area," she says.

Expect more than 30 participants and 41 events during the month including old favorites like Eastern Market After Dark and the Focus: On Detroit Photography Festival, along with some additions. "I want this to be a platform for the showcase of designers, of course," Anderson says. "I want a lot of design enthusiasts to come and support the designers and small businesses represented, but I want them to carry that momentum all year around." She hopes that beyond the festivities, when you're thinking about renovating your home or hiring a photographer for your wedding, you'll consider the creatives you discovered this month.

Don't miss:

Sept. 12


Brandan 'B-Mike' Odum Lecture

University of Detroit Mercy, School of Architecture, 4001 W. McNichols Road, Detroit

The New Orleans-based visual artist and filmmaker uses media to tell stories and expand the consciousness of viewers. In 2014, he was named one of Complex magazine's "20 New Orleans Artists You Should Know."


Sept. 15

Focus: On Detroit Photography Festival

Cool Cities Park, 14150 Woodrow Wilson St., Detroit

Organized by Focus: HOPE, exhibitions include photographic works by a variety of professional and emerging photographers. When the sun sets, large-scale photographs, videos and light displays will be cast on the historic Michigan Bell Building, curated to music.


Sept. 24

Noir Design Parti Lecture

University of Detroit Mercy, School of Architecture, 4001 W. McNichols Road, Detroit

Licensed architect Saundra Little and designer Karen A.D. Burton guide us through the history and influence of African-American architects in Detroit, highlighting trailblazers like Paul Williams, the first black architect to become a member of the American Institute of Architects.


Sept. 29

Light Up Livernois 2018

Livernois Avenue, between Saint Martin Street and Cambridge Avenue, Detroit

Creatives collaborate with small businesses for an evening of shopping, exploration and dining. Experience design through open studios, fashion showcases, musical performances and special small business highlights.

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