CALLING ALL DESIGNERS, ARCHITECTS AND CREATIVES: DETROIT CREATIVE CORRIDOR CENTER ANNOUNCES CALL FOR PROPOSALS FOR 2014 DETROIT DESIGN FESTIVAL
Call for Entries for North America’s Festival of Independent Design
DETROIT, MI (May 2, 2014) –
The Detroit Creative Corridor Center (DC3) is calling on designers,
architects and creatives to submit proposals to exhibit at this year’s
Detroit Design Festival (DDF), to be held Sept. 23-28, 2014.
Candidates will not only have the opportunity to explore and realize
their most innovative ideas, but they also can apply for micro grants,
up to $1,000, to support their vision. Applications are due May 31.
Design Festival is a platform to celebrate Detroit’s and North
America’s best design talent,” says Matthew Clayson, DC3’s director.
“The festival creates an annual design conversation that fosters growth
within the creative community by raising awareness of local designers to
international audiences. We also use this opportunity to highlight good
creative work occurring at the neighborhood level and design practices
not traditionally associated with Detroit,” explains Clayson.
to position Detroit as a global center for design, creativity and
innovation, the fourth-annual DDF will celebrate the work of Detroit's
creative community through product launches and shows, lectures, panel
discussions, trunk shows, tours, open houses, retail events and design
battles. Hundreds of designers and creative practitioners will create 60
Design Happenings, experiences consumers can immerse themselves in
during the festival. These Design Happenings will take place in venues
across the city.
hope to cast a wide net this year, attracting the best talent
throughout North America and beyond,” says Melinda Anderson, festival
manager. “The entry process will be much more competitive this year.
We’ve worked with more than 600 designers in the past three years. With
so much talent in Detroit and international buzz, we expect this year’s
festival will be the most dynamic and collaborative to date.”
Detroit is home to the highest concentrations and quantities of
commercial and industrial designers of all U.S. metro regions. Detroit’s
professional creative industry is the third largest private sector
employer in the city, employing approximately 12,300 individuals.
Detroit’s Creative Corridor is home to 200 individual creative sector
companies, which employ 4,000 people and generate $640M in aggregate
The DDF is poised to take advantage of and spotlight that creativity. The website – www.detroitdesignfestival.com
– will serve as a portal where designers can post their proposed Design
Happenings and the general public can view ideas and pledge support.
Through this online submission process, DC3 strives to build a network
between Detroit and the international design community. Applications are
due May 31.
more information about how to submit a Design Happening, apply for a
micro-grant, to attend events, or to become a Design Ambassador or
sponsor, please visit www.detroitdesignfestival.com. Find the Detroit Design Festival on Facebook at www.facebook.com/detroitdesignfestival, or @DetDesignFest on Twitter. Please use hash tags #DDF2014 #DesignLivesHere.
Detroit Creative Corridor Center is designed to support the growth of
Detroit’s creative economy by delivering business acceleration and
attraction services and developing signature programming tailored
specifically to creative professionals’ needs.
extends business acceleration services to Detroit’s creative community
in partnership with TechTown and the region’s business incubators; helps
existing businesses realize the potential of concentrating and growing
operations in Detroit’s Creative Corridor through leading business
attraction specific to the needs of the creative and design sectors; and
develops unique programming that strengthen networks between creative
practitioners in Southeast Michigan while reinforcing their essential
role as a social and economic change agents.
is a partnership between Business Leaders for Michigan and the College
for Creative Studies. It receives funding from the U.S. Small Business
Administration, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, the New
Economy Initiative for Southeast Michigan, The Kresge Foundation, the
John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the Surdna Foundation. It
also generates a portion of its revenue through fee-based consulting