What is the Detroit Institute of Arts Student Design Summit (DIA SDS)? 

The DIA SDS is a call for ideas to make the area around the DIA museum more user-friendly, active and welcoming. How do people enter the museum? What is inside the museum? How do people get to other area attractions? Can the art come outside? What is a civic center / arts district in the 21st century? These are just a few of the questions that can be explored by your submission. 

What are the submission requirements?

  • One 3-minute-long video

Ideas must be presented in the form of a video no longer than 3 minutes. The first 20 seconds of the video must display text or a screenshot of a board with the following information:

  • Team Name/ Slideroom username

  • Name of project

  • Issue idea is addressing (i.e., improving way-finding, making the exterior more welcoming, expanding programs to outside areas, etc.)

  • In 25 words or less, tell us why your idea should win!

What can the videos show?

Ideas can be expressed in a variety of media and artistic formats: sculpture, poetry, journalism, dance, building plans, movie or whatever speaks to your team’s vision. Language and actions portrayed in the video should be appropriate for the idea and occasion. 

Who is eligible to submit ideas?

The only requirement for submitting ideas for the DIA SDS is that you are currently enrolled in a Michigan high school, college, or university. Teams are strongly encouraged. 

What is the required team size?

There are no minimum or maximum team sizes. 

Are there prizes / rewards?

Yes, 2 grand prizes of $2,500 will be awarded - an Cultural District Jury Award and a People’s Choice Award. Additionally, up to 10 honorable mentions will be awarded. All competing teams will receive certificates of participation.  

Jury Award: members will choose the submission that best articulates and activates the goals and criteria as described in the Student Design Summit brief.

People' Choice Award: All submissions will be reviewed to ensure no offensive language or disrespectful ideas are being espoused. After the review, all accepted submissions will be uploaded online. Visitors to the website will be allowed to pick one submission they feel offers the most compelling ideas / vision of the revitalization of the Cultural District. Voting will be open between January 3 - January 10, 2019

Winners will be notified via email by January 12, 2019.

What are important dates I should keep in mind? 

  • September 24, 2018 | 6:15 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.
    Student Design Summit Kickoff @ Kresge Court, DIA (doors at 5:45 p.m.)

  • October 10, 2018 | 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
    Participation in professional design team public workshop (optional but highly encouraged-this event is part of the professional design team competition)

  • October 16, 2018 | 5:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m.
    A Public Conversation on the Future of Museums, Public Spaces and Parks with renowned architect Sir David Adjaye of the Smithsonian’s African American History Museum
    @ DIA’s Detroit Film Theatre

  • October 22, 2018 | 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

    Perspectives on the DIA and Cultural Center : an opportunity for student teams to hear from stakeholder institutions and ask questions about what kinds of changes different cultural institutions would like to see in the district @ College for Creative Studies, Ford Campus, room W217 in the Walter B. Ford II Building

    The event will be live streamed HERE

  • November 12, 2018 | 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
    What it Takes to Make the Cultural District Run @ Wayne State University Welcome Center- 42 W. Warren, Detroit, MI 48202

    This event will give participants the opportunity to get insight from the people who make sure the Cultural District is a safe and engaging place to live, work and visit every day. Specialists will be available to discuss the following topics as related to the Cultural District: personal safety/security, local history, facilities & site operations, narrative / videography,  previous and on-going revitalization efforts and programming, engagement efforts, transportation and mobility, design and natural environment considerations. Please come prepared with clarifying questions for your own project. Dinner and light refreshments will be available at this event! 

  • November 30, 2018 | by Midnight
    Student team online registration deadline - register HERE

  • December 14, 2018 | 5 p.m.
    All video submissions due in Slideroom by 5 p.m.

  • January 14, 2019 | 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.
    Student design team showcase & celebration (winners announced) @ DIA’s Kresge Court

  • January 23, 2019 | 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    Three professional design team finalists present conceptual plans to Jury & public @ DIA Rivera Court

How do I submit my team’s idea?  

Follow this link to register. After registering, you will have access to a SlideRoom folder where you can drop your completed video. 

Still have questions? 
Reach out to the Student Design Summit staff for more information.