Detroit joins the United Nations' Creative Cities Network


  • Courtesy photo

Detroit joins a total of 47 cities from 33 countries to get inducted into the Creative Cities Network, an initiative of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization's (UNESCO), according to a press release.

The announcement came Friday, when UNESCO director-general Irina Bokova revealed the new designations. The cities added to the network were based on the Creative Cities Network's seven categories (Crafts and Folk Art, Design, Film, Gastronomy, Literature, Media Arts, and Music). Detroit earned the title of a "design" city — the first U.S. city to obtain such a designation. Other “design” cities inducted into the network this year include Singapore, Budapest, and Puebla, Mexico.
The push to obtain the title came from creative advocacy group the Detroit Creative Corridor Center, or DC3. “Detroit is the cradle of American industrial modernism and one of the few cities that has fundamentally changed the way the world works, lives and moves,” says Richard L. Rogers, president of Detroit's College for Creative Studies, in a release from DC3. "Detroit designers continue to have a powerful impact on society today, and being a part of the UNESCO network will magnify their impact." 

According to UNESCO's website, the Creative Cities Network was created in 2004 "to promote cooperation with and among cities that have identified creativity as a strategic factor for sustainable urban development." A total of 69 cities make up the network.

The release goes on to say that DC3 is planning a year of events to commemorate the designation. Previously, the group has hosted the Detroit Design Festival, which takes place in September.

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Detroit Metro Times. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Detroit Metro Times, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Detroit Metro Times Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Metro Times Press Club for as little as $5 a month.