With over 500 designers, 25,000+ attendees and 30 Design Happenings, the DDF is time to celebrate Detroit’s role as a global center of design and creativity from September 23-28. Curated by Detroit designers, community partners and community stakeholders, DDF will use workshops, shows, installations, studio tours and more to expose and reinforce Detroit’s reputation as an internationally known arts scene and growing center of design.
To support independent designers participating in the festival and make the Design Happenings a show-stopping success, DDF has partnered with ArtServe to provide $15,000 in micro-grants. ArtServe is a nonprofit organization that is leading advocacy for the arts, culture, education and creative industries in Michigan. Grants of up to $1,000 have been provided to over 25 designers to help defer the cost of participating in the DDF. Micro grants are funded through the generous support of DDF 2014 sponsors, including the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and Quicken Loans.
Here is an overview of some noteworthy micro grant winners you will not want to miss:
Kaija Wuollet presents Swing Sound
Thursday, September 25, 2014 – 5PM
Eastern Market | Shed 2 | 2934 Russell Street | Detroit, MI 48207
Everyone loves to swing – young, old, tall or short! Our swing incorporates a sail, made of reclaimed parachute material, creating a whoosh sound when in motion. With 7 swings in line, you and your friends can come create music like sounds while relaxing on the swing in an urban environment.
Brook Banham presents Design in Motion
Saturday, September 27, 2014 – 5PM
Tangent Gallery | 715 Milwaukee Ave. | Detroit, MI 48202
A huge hit over the past two years, Design in Motion (DIM Battles) has become a signature DDF event showcasing the Detroit underground design scene through a show car battle, a graffiti art battle and a Middlecott Sketchbattle Experiment. Come enjoy DIM Battles, featured local DJs playing Detroit music, full cash bar and food!
Rachel Klegon presents Activi-Tree Open House at the Lincoln Street Art Park
Wednesday, September 24, 2014 – 6PM
Lincoln Street Art Park | 5926 Lincoln Street | Detroit, MI 48208
Be a part of the grand opening of the Activi-Tree at the Lincoln Street Art Park (LSAP) where you will see the documented process of transforming a 40-foot shipping container into a versatile classroom. This newest feature at the LSAP will be a great asset in the Detroit community for learning about science, technology, engineering, art and math.
Paulina Petkoski presents #NYC2DET Creative Caravan 2014
Wednesday September 24 – Sunday September 28
Hostel Detroit | 2700 Vermont Street | Detroit, MI 28216
PLAYGROUND DETROIT is bringing a group of creative professionals from all fields ranging from writers, performers and fine artists to attend Detroit Design Festival 2014. #NYC2DET offers these exceptional influencers an exclusive round-trip experience to Detroit from New York City that includes accommodation and transportation. PLAYGROUND DETROIT is offering curious New Yorkers the opportunity to experience the Detroit Design Festival while providing talented Detroiters with NYC networking opportunities.
Steve Coy presents On Hold
Wednesday September 24 – Sunday September 28 – 8PM
Eastern Market | 2934 Russell Street | Detroit, MI 48207
An art installation by art duo ĦYGIΣNIC DRΣ$$ LΣΛGUΣ that takes form of a room completely painted in gold from top to bottom with light projections, floating orbs, and echoing ambient sounds. Visitors will enter the room a few at a time to experience this unusual and surreal installation. The Installation will explore a moment when waiting on hold on the phone for a service representative surpasses frustration and reaches euphoria.
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The DC3 is an economic development organization with a targeted purpose: providing support to Detroit’s creative industries in the form of resources, exposure, and advocacy in order to grow Detroit’s creative economy and recognize Detroit as a global center for design.
Programmed by DC3, the Detroit Design Festival is The Detroit Design Festival is North America’s festival of independent design. Concentrated in Detroit’s Creative Corridor and various neighborhoods throughout the city, events and installations will showcase Detroit’s cutting-edge design with the rest of the world.
For more information, please contact Jessica Malouf at jmalouf@DetroitC3.com