Our open call has ended, but this is just the beginning!

And that’s a wrap! Our 2020 DLECTRICITY Open Call for Entries closed last night at midnight, and we are both inspired and impressed by the range of ideas that have been submitted! We are grateful for the interest shown in the festival. Artists from 33 countries sent in proposals, including many local Detroiters (see above map). We deeply appreciate each artist for taking their time to develop such awesome ideas for DLECTRICITY.


DLECTRICITY is grounded on the mission to support both emerging and established artists, local or international. Each festival has been at once spectacular, innovative and a worthwhile experience thanks to the artists selected from our open call. We value their skillsets, creativity and drive—these are the people that make up DLECTRICITY! And we have the utmost respect for all the artists who pursued this open call opportunity.

Our reach grew this year, and for that we can thank our community partners for helping us spread the word: The Cranbrook Academy of Art, Design Core Detroit, the DTE Foundation & DTE’s Beacon Park, Mercury Sound & Lighting, MOCAD and the Toledo Arts Commission. We’d also like to thank all of our past artists for sharing their experiences with others—the arts community is strong and resourceful, and we’re happy to be a part of it as well as support it.

Here’s what’s next:

Mid-March: The curatorial committee convenes for the first phase of selection.

Late March–Late April: the projects selected by the curatorial committee go through a technical vetting process. This takes about six weeks.

Summer: project selections are confirmed and publicly announced!

This is just the beginning… we are really looking forward to reviewing everyone’s submissions and seeing which ones will come to life at DLECTRICITY! Stay tuned for now.