uniting for design: City of Design Challenge—Outdoor Cinema Showcase with Design Core

For this year’s National Design Month, Cooper Hewitt highlights some of the inspiring organizations from around the country that share the museum’s mission to educate, inspire, and empower through design. This week’s program features Detroit-based Design Core, a department within the College for Creative Studies that champions design-driven businesses and their role in strengthening Detroit’s economy. 

Please join Design Core, Connect313, and College for Creative Studies for this family-friendly outdoor cinema-style event to celebrate the people and projects participating in the 2021 City of Design Challenge. The City of Design Challenge invites community-based teams to explore a particular topic or issue through the lens of inclusive design and propose projects that improve life for Detroiters. This year, we partnered with Connect313 to focus on the theme of community tech, and are proud to share the outcomes of our inaugural program during Digital Inclusion Week. 

Over the summer, six teams, selected by a community jury, were chosen to develop their community tech projects and given funding, professional development, creative support, and other resources to support their process. Tonight, we will view the final videos, hear about the experience, and find out who the community jurors have chosen to receive additional funding for their projects. 

This event will be streamed live and recorded. Design Core is proud to share this event as part of Cooper Hewitt’s National Design Month programming. 

To learn more about the work of Design Core, visit www.designcore.org.

Learn more about the winners of the 2021 National Design Awards! 


This free program will be hosted through Zoom, with the option to dial in as well. Details will be emailed to you upon registration.This program includes closed captioning. For general questions, or if we can provide additional accessibility services or accommodations to support your participation, please email CHEducation@si.edu or let us know when registering.

About National Design Month

National Design Month gathers the country’s leading designers and communities around the country to celebrate the power of design in our everyday world. Held in conjunction with the National Design Awards, National Design Month highlights the work of Award winners through a series of free virtual education programs during the month of October including talks, tours, workshops, mentoring sessions, online resources, and more. Visit www.cooperhewitt.org/ndm for further details and a complete listing of programs. Cooper Hewitt relies on design advocates like you to offer these free programs this October—and even more design inspiration throughout the year. Show your support today! 


2021 Special Thanks

National Design Awards programming is made possible with major support from Facebook, Inc., Shelby and Frederick Gans, Helen and Edward Hintz, The Hirsch Family Foundation, IBM Corporation, and Crystal and Chris Sacca.

Generous support is also provided by Kim and Mac Schuessler and Lisa Roberts and David Seltzer.