2018 DETOUR Schedule


Around this time every year, I enter a deep wave of travel, speaking, and co-creating across the nation, and this year, it begins this week. (Outside of traveling home for my nephew’s first birthday, I’ve been sitting still so far to complete teaching my first college course, Design as a Catalyst for Change, at Washington University in St. Louis.)

Some peole may remember how last year’s travels became heavy enough to be considered as the first DeTour (watch all the moments). And, this year is looking promising for engaging even more deeply with fellow young changemakers in both familiar and new communities across the nation (see below).

As I embark upon these journeys, I would love to keep you with me. In addition to these letters, experience each upcoming adventure via YouTube, and engage the lessons and insights I’ll be learning and sharing.

Also, read to the bottom for some cool perks (like TEDx discounts and a free ticket to the United State of Women Summit), and let me know: of all the social movements happening right now, which one(s) speak most to your heart’s fire? 


Major Talks & Convenings—Spring 2018 Dates

If I’m speaking in your city, let me know. It would be great to see you. Let’s talk about art, activism, and innovation in your community. Email hey@deandreanichols.com to pitch ideas and share possibilities.


10—St. Louis
Arts & Activism Conversation with Author, Natalie Hopkinson

14–16—Washington, DC
Future States of America: National Arts Summit at John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts

19—St. Louis
Politics, Power, & Design at Washington University in St. Louis

25—St. Louis
#STL2039 Launch ft. Brittany Packnett, Alison Ferring, Michelle Higgins, and Ryan Rippel

27—St. Louis
Dwell in Other Futures at the Pulitzer Arts Foundation

28—Iowa City
Flyover Fest (just attending)


Harvard GSD 99 Provocations

2—Boston Meetup

3–6—Baltimore & DC
#Fight4AFuture Gun Violence Summit with Generation Progress

3—Baltimore Meetup

11—St. Louis
Black Women Speak: Exhibition Talk at The Griot Museum

18–19—Kansas City
Rocket Grants Jury & Talk


2—St. Louis
Influencing Social Policy Conference
FoodSpark’s The Spark

9–13—Los Angeles

15—St. Louis
Theater Communications Group Conference

16—Denver, CO
Americans for the Arts Conference

More Goodness

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