Pilot Program Launch

After months of planning, our pilot program at Detroit School of Arts (DSA), a Detroit public high school, has officially launched! The first in-school workshop, part of the Explore Creative Career series, was held on Tuesday, February 26th. Three designers from General Motors, Justin Salmon, Tara Ellis Magee, and Jenna Grabowski, spoke to the 80 students in the DSA visual arts program.  

The designers not only explained their different creative roles in the automotive design process, they also shared their personal stories and the very different paths they took to get where they are today. They answered a ton of questions from the students and gave solid advice on pursuing a creative career. The students left inspired and looking forward to the upcoming field trip to the FCA Design Center in March.

Soft Launch Event

Soft Launch Event

The DesignConnect soft launch event was held on September 29, 2018 at the Welburn Group Ladder 12 Studio in Corktown, Detroit. The event was hosted by Ed Welburn, former Vice President of GM Global Design, and attended by our stakeholders and supporters. The event was a great success! Everyone is very excited about the mission of DesignConnect and ready to take action.