We are pleased to announce to you some exciting news: DLECTRICITY™ 2020 is coming this September, and our Open Call for Entries is now live!


DLECTRICITY is an art + light festival located in the heart of Detroit, Michigan. Inspired by Nuit Blanche arts festivals from around the world, DLETRICITY has presented three major public art festivals in 2012, 2014 and 2017, showcasing over 40 artists each year from around the world, including Australia, Canada, Germany, Italy, Poland, Sweden, New York, Boston, Los Angeles, and Detroit. Produced by Midtown Detroit, Inc. (MDI), a nonprofit planning and development agency, this spectacular outdoor visual light + art celebration will once again activate the Woodward Corridor in Detroit’s Arts + Cultural District, and now DTE Beacon Park in Downtown Detroit. DLECTRICITY will also coincide with Detroit Month of Design, produced by Design Core Detroit to support Detroit’s UNESCO status as a City of Design.


Up to 25 site-specific, outdoor projects will be selected through the Open Call for Entry process by the DLECTRICITY Curatorial Committee. The Curatorial Committee, selected by MDI and the founders of Art Detroit Now (an organization representing over 90 contemporary arts venues in Metro-Detroit), will select projects and performances based on a number of criteria, including artistic merit and how well it uses various media relating to light and other technologies (videos, smartphones, lasers, robots) within an urban environment.


Selected proposals will be awarded a $1000 artist fee and up to $4000 in production funding. We are looking for contemporary art projects that transcend traditional understanding of public art to transform the Woodward Corridor and Beacon Park into a luminous and spectacular nighttime landscape. These temporary, site-specific artworks can include:


  • Light installations
  • Video art
  • 3D video mapping projections
  • Multimedia installations
  • Interactive and community engaging technology
  • Works that utilize mobile platforms (smartphone, tablets)
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Performance (art, dance, theatre, music)
  • Talks and workshops
  • Kid-friendly and/or educational
  • Creative and/or marketing experiences for the festival


  • The unexpected


DLECTRICITY has been a huge success in the past thanks to the artists that submit their proposals through our Open Call. Students, independent artists, first time creators and longtime makers have seen their ideas pop from the pages of their open call application to reality at DLECTRICITY. We encourage you to spread the word at your institution, and motivate your students, co-workers and neighbors to submit their ideas! Enclosed are postcards for distribution. Find our 2017 retrospective video at DLECTRICITY.com to see what it was all about!


We can’t wait to see what artworks will illuminate our city this September—maybe yours!


We’re happy to help you navigate the application process; we’re just an email or phone call away: Info@Dlectricity.com, +1 (313) 420-6000