Home to leading design-driven industries, world-class educational facilities and the country’s highest concentration of industrial and commercial designers, Detroit is among North America’s foremost centers of design.
The Detroit Design Festival is North America’s festival of independent design.
With more than 30 Design Happenings, 500 designers, 25,000 attendees, the DDF is celebrates Detroit’s role as a global center of design and creativity. 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.
ABOUT THE DETROIT CREATIVE CORRIDOR CENTER (“DC3″), PROGRAMMING LEAD
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. The DC3 is a partnership between Business Leaders for Michigan and the College for Creative Studies.
ABOUT THE COLLEGE FOR CREATIVE STUDIES (“CCS”), PROGRAMMING PARTNER
The College for Creative Studies, located in Midtown Detroit, strives to provide students with the tools needed for successful careers in the dynamic and growing creative industries. CCS fosters students’ resolve to pursue excellence, act ethically, engage their responsibilities as citizens, and learn throughout their lives. With world-class faculty and unsurpassed facilities, students learn to be visual communicators who actively use art and design toward the betterment of society. The College is a major supplier of talent to numerous industries, such as transportation, film and animation, advertising and communications, consumer electronics, athletic apparel, and many more. Its graduates are exhibiting artists and teachers, design problem solvers and innovators, as well as creative leaders in business.
Founded in 1906 as the Detroit Society of Arts and Crafts, CCS plays a key role in Detroit’s cultural and educational communities. A private, fully accredited college, CCS enrolls more than 1,400 students, pursuing Master of Fine Arts degrees in Color and Materials Design, Interaction Design, Interdisciplinary Design and Transportation Design and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in Advertising: Copywriting, Advertising: Design, Art Education, Crafts, Entertainment Arts, Fashion Accessory Design, Fine Arts, Graphic Design, Illustration, Interior Design, Photography, Product Design and Transportation Design. The College also offers free art education for more than 4,000 Detroit youth annually through its Community Arts Partnerships program. In addition, the College’s Henry Ford Academy: School for Creative Studies is a public charter middle and high school enrolling more than 800 students in a high-performance academic curriculum with a special focus on art and design.
ABOUT THE JOHN S. AND JAMES L. KNIGHT FOUNDATION, PRESENTING SPONSOR
Knight Foundation, presenting sponsor of the Detroit Design Festival, supports the success of local communities through investments that attract, retain and harness talent; that expand opportunity by increasing entrepreneurship and economic mobility; and that build places that accelerate the growth of ideas and bring people from diverse social and economic backgrounds together. Knight Foundation has invested more than $841 million in community initiatives since its creation in 1950. The foundation wants its national network of learning to inspire the actions of residents in each of its communities and help to build a better democracy and a successful future. Detroit, one of Knight Foundation’s eight resident communities, provides a unique opportunity for learning and exchange about the future of cities.