The Detroit Creative Society recently announced winners from their Logo competition that took place earlier this year.
The collective, which is based at Congress of Communities with a partnership between Southwest Solutions and the Michigan Central Train Station, started last year around June 2022. The collective, comprised of youth from all over Southwest Detroit ages 14-25, aims to foster and uplift local artists and talents in the community to provide the platform local creatives need to grow.
“The Detroit Creative Society is a direct result of youth and young adults that care and want to be able to shape the future, not just for themselves, but for the generations to come,” said Flor Hernandez, ambassador for the Detroit Creative Society and Stakeholders Council.
Through the notion of shaping the future and uplifting creatives, the Detroit Creative Society released their competition earlier this year for a logo that represents Southwest’s creative and community-building aspects overall. Winners would receive a prize, their logo featured on merchandise, and even media space to share their work.
Fortunately, after receiving numerous submissions, they were able to decide on first and second-place winners. The first-place winner is Ximena Arriaga, whose submission will be featured as the Detroit Creative Society’s logo, also received a cash prize award of $500 and a gift basket of locally produced products.
The second-place winner, Colleen Crongeyer, received a $250 cash prize and a local gift basket, as well. Both of their submissions portrayed Detroit in a significant and nostalgic way. Which is exactly what the Detroit Creative Society was looking for.
“I think it is a really good reflection of our community and just shows how bright and lively our community is,” said Hernandez
And, for the Detroit Creative Society, it was really important to showcase that and have a logo created by someone in the Southwest community.
“It’s more authentic to us, and really shows our Detroit roots by uplifting local artists,” said Cathy Ali, a member of the Detroit Creative Society.
To learn more about The Detroit Creative Society and their future plans and events to support local artists you can follow the collective on Instagram @swcreatesdetroit.