WSU, CFPCA and ArtsCorpsDetroit support Detroit Design Festival 2012...

Wayne State University’s College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts, ArtsCorpsDetroit and the Office of Economic Development are pleased to support the following events during Detroit Design Festival.

a LOT of Space!

Engage in “a LOT of Space” an ArtsCorpsDetroit LOTS of Art! Project in Detroit. The goal of Lots of Art! is to enhance vacant lots through art, with a parallel aim to affect the social and economic fabric of the city – engendering cohesiveness and pride in neighborhoods and empowering individuals to realize that they have the creative capacity to transform their lives and their environment. Wayne State University Assistant Professor of Theatre, Pegi Marshall‐Amundsen, Magenta Giraffe Theatre Company Artistic Director, Frannie Shepherd‐Bates, graduate students in scenic design and members of the midtown community transform “a LOT of Space” at the Northeast corner of Cass Ave. and Canfield St. into an innovative space for theatre companies and performers. The project is a highly visible and visually exciting installation around a central magenta stage that's an exhibition of three phases:  Creation, Life and Re-creation.
Installation:  September 10-18
Exhibit open for public viewing and scheduled performances:  September 19 – October 18.

Pop-up Gallery Exhibition

The Welcome Center, located at 42 W. Warren, is transformed into a pop-up gallery for local artists. The exhibition is open for viewing during regular business hours Monday - Thursday, 8:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. and Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Random Acts of Art

Join local artists in various locations on campus for Random Acts of Art. Don’t be surprised if a group of musicians spontaneously erupt into song, actors engage you to perform in a skit or other creative acts occur before your eyes!

Yamasaki Building Tours

Wayne State University provides tours of its four Minoru Yamasaki buildings at 6:30 and 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday through Friday evenings and at 9:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. on Saturday mornings. Tours start in the lobby of the McGregor Memorial Conference Center (495 Ferry Mall) and proceed to the Education Building (5425 Gullen Mall), the Meyer and Anna Prentis Building (School of Business Administration, 5201 Cass Avenue) and finally the Helen L. DeRoy Auditorium (5203 Cass Avenue).

Behind the Scenes at the Detroit Design Festival

Wayne State University’s Film & Media Group showcases their creative talents by providing a brief look at exactly what happens at the Detroit Design Festival with a short behind the scenes documentary. The WSU Film & Media Group gives outsiders a deeper look into this wonderful and exciting festival. Interested in having your Detroit Design Festival event showcased in the documentary? Contact Melinda Anderson at The WSU Film & Media Group is an outlet where student filmmakers, journalists, animators, gamers etc. come together to make their visions a reality with the collaboration from other like minds from all over the creative community.


Metro Times, 9/19

"Detroit Design Festival"

by Jackie Rollin

As part of the Detroit Design Festival, Wedge Detroit, an area design company, and Imagine Detroit Together are making a bid to set a new world's record with a proposed four-mile hopscotch course. Beginning in Campus Martius, the course is to travel through Cadillac Square, wrap around Woodward Avenue, and end at Gullen Mall within the Wayne State University campus. Hopscotch Detroit is essentially a temporary piece of collaborative art that hopes to engage Detroit community organizations, businesses, individuals, families and artists. The five-day Detroit Design Festival is running today through Sunday.