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Month of Design enlivens Detroit for 10th year with splashy, flashy events


September 01, 2020, 3:34 PM


(Photos: Design Core Detroit)

At least one Detroit tradition survives this year of cancellations: Month of Design events are under way for a tenth year downtown, in Midtown and online.

Over five dozen in-person and streaming experiences include 13 art installations with small tours, timed entry and no touching allowed. A first-time addition, "Design in the City," is a competition for emerging fashion and accessory designers sponsored by the Gucci Changemakers Fund with a $45,000 grant.

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Seven winners "prioritizing women and people of color" got mentoring, technical help, marketing guidance, distribution opportunities and commercial space from Bedrock Detroit for pop-up installations of their work. Each will host an in-person trunk show Sept. 12 from 1 -3 p.m. at five locations listed on Pages 8-9 of the program. The young designers are Donovan Dewberry, Cristin Richard, Trice Clark, Katherine Johnson, Nneka Jackson, Kristina Beaty and Nabeela Najjar. 

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Part of this week's nightly projection show on the G.A.R. Building facing Beacon Park.

Another splashy new attraction, "Detroit Tribute in Light," takes place outside each evening through this Friday. A video and light show is projected onto the Grand Army of the Republic Building, an 1866 landmark opposite Beacon Park at Grand River and Cass, after sunset (8:05 p.m.) The presentation is produced by Mindfield, a Detroit company, and TLS Productions of Ann Arbor.

The colorful tribute is intended to "honor the courage and acknowledge the losses Detroiters have faced during the pandemics of Covid-19 and racial injustice," posts Design Core Detroit, coordinator of the series of displays. A program guide is here.

"Thoughtful design matters now more than ever," says the group, adding that the month-long events "celebrate Detroit's role as a national and international design capital." In 2015, Detroit became the only U.S. city designated as a UNESCO City of Design.  



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