Design Core Detroit:
Detroit: UNESCO City of Design:
The Role of Festivals in Preserving Culture
October 17 - 11:00am - Noon
This session looks at the Detroit Month of Design, an annual multidisciplinary design festival occurring throughout the city of Detroit, as an example of cultural preservation, community building and future forward ideation. Design Core sees and empowers designers as creative problem-solvers who can work hand-in-hand with business, government and communities to develop human-centered and practical solutions. Some highlights we will share include installations, exhibitions, workshops, and fashion shows.
In the midst of a global pandemic and widespread protests against racial inequality, design solutions that prioritize inclusivity, adaptability and equity have never been more important. This year’s festival programming reflected and explored design solutions to the myriad of challenges faced by Detroit and the global community since the start of 2020.
The session will be facilitated by Kiana Wenzell, Director of the Detroit Month of Design. This talk will explore how design festivals serve as a form of cultural keeping, preservation, education and storytelling.
In 2015, Detroit was designated as the first and only UNESCO City of Design in the United States. In honor of this designation, Design Core Detroit, hosts the festival from September 1-30. In 2020, 175+ participants presented over 65+ events and special projects in 60 unique locations. For a complete listing of events, visit https://designcore.org/month-of-design/