This is a HUGE Win For Detroit!

Detroit has become the first U.S. city to receive the “city of design” designation from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.

It will join 47 other cities from 33 countries as a member of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network, which is made up of cities with a strong legacy in one of seven creative fields, from gastronomy and literature to design.

Member cities commit to collaborate, promote creativity and cultural industries, share best practices, strengthen participation in cultural life and integrate culture in economic and social development strategies and plans.

Becoming a member of the network enables Detroit’s design community “to learn and exchange best practices from network cities worldwide, amplifying our existing efforts to build a better city and region through the power of design,” said Ellie Schneider, interim executive director of the Detroit Creative Corridor Center, which led the effort to secure the designation to promote growth in the city’s design industries.

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