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Call for Artists! PLAYGROUND DETROIT Announces 20/21 Emerging Artists Fellowship Applications Open through October 15th

The 20/21 Emerging Artists Fellowship from PLAYGROUND DETROIT is the second year of a pilot program that provide financial support and professional mentorship for artists to develop their individual practices, to identify, elevate and promote Detroit-based artistic excellence. The Call for Artists 2020 Fellowship Application opens for submissions on Wednesday, September 15th 2021, the deadline […]

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Artworks Detroit Annual Artwork Fundraiser Returns with Online Art Auction featuring 90+ Artists

ArtWorks Detroit is one of Detroit’s most premier art auctions and Matrix Human Services’ most successful fundraisers. For the past 26 years, the artist community has rallied together to raise funds to support the essential work of Matrix Human Services. We are thrilled to collectively continue our impact this year and invite you to join […]

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Sculptor Patrick Dougherty to Transform Eliza Howell Park with “Stickwork” Installation + Artist Residency with Sidewalk Detroit

From September 7th- 25th, Sidewalk Detroit and will be hosting internationally acclaimed artist, Patrick Dougherty as he creates one of his famed ‘Stickwork’ sculptures in Eliza Howell Park. This three-week artist residency will engage artists, volunteers, neighbors, and members of the public to work side by side with the internationally renowned artist as he creates […]

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“All of the Above” features Recent Graduates Kaylie Kaitschuck and Toomas Toomepuu during Detroit Month of Design

“All of the Above,” is an exhibition featuring artwork by Kaylie Kaitschuck and Toomas Toomepuu during Detroit Month of Design 2021.  In partnership with Detroit Month of Design, PLAYGROUND DETROIT presents “All of the Above,” an exhibition presented by that challenges the minimalist concept of ‘less is more’ featuring artwork emerging artists and designers Kaylie […]

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Detroit Art Review // Adeshola Makinde: Relevant @ Playground Detroit

Words by NADJA ROTTNER The insertion of a work of art into the public sphere through mass media means is a dictum of Chicago-based Nigerian American visual artist Adeshola Makinde, who began his career as a self-taught practitioner three years. Having established the framework of a photomontage artist, “collage commissions” such as “the beauty is…FEEL […]

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Reginald Hawkins Releases Debut EP “Black Popstar” + Upcoming Performances Announced

Reginald Hawkins is one to watch. As a non-binary queer artist based in Detroit, Michigan, Hawkins, 21, has released their highly anticipated debut EP Black Popstar, now available on all streaming platforms. The genre bending project takes influence from their Detroit roots with house and techno inspired pop-dance tracks. The self-proclaimed pop star uses their […]

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Detroit Month of Design returns September 2021 to Celebrate 11th Year featuring 150+ Participants

Design Core, the stewards of Detroit’s designation as the first and only UNESCO City of Design in the United States, announced their lineup of cultural programming for the 2021 edition of Detroit Month of Design. Spanning the entire month of September, more than 150+ participants will present over 80 events and special projects – the largest number for the […]

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Hamtramck Music Fest Returns August 5th-8th for Special Summer Edition featuring 150+ Performances

HMF & LIVE MUSIC IS BACK! Typically held the first weekend in March, the largest local music festival of its kind, Hamtramck Music Fest (HMF), a 501(c)3 non-profit, is making an eleventh hour, belated 2021 appearance with a special Summer Edition, Thursday, August 5 – Sunday, August 8th, 2021. Your $15 wristband gives you access […]

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FREE ALL POLITICAL PRISONERS: Public Art Protest Signs Campaign Hit the Streets in Detroit, Michigan by Adeshola Makinde

Alongside Adeshola Makinde’s solo exhibition RELEVANT, an outdoor public art wheat-paste campaign is now on view throughout Detroit. FREE ALL POLITICAL PRISONERS. RELEVANT is Chicago-based artist Adeshola Makinde’s debut solo exhibition curated by Juana Williams, highlighting the fervor of the Civil Rights Movement, a significant moment in African Americans’ long-held fight for the same constitutional […]

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MetroTimes // Adeshola Makinde’s ‘Relevant’ highlights civil rights protest signs of past and present at Playground Detroit

Posted By Jerilyn Jordan on Wed, Jul 28, 2021 at 3:37 pm Art by Adeshola Makinde, courtesy of Playground Detroit “WE DEMAND AN END TO POLICE BRUTALITY NOW!”, 2019 // 22″ X 11″ feet, Billboard, W Warren Ave & Wesson St, Detroit, Michigan‬. Black Power! Police Brutality Must Go! Education For All! What has been made very clear in recent years […]

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ADESHOLA MAKINDE TO DEBUT SOLO EXHIBITION “RELEVANT” HIGHLIGHTING CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT IN DETROIT, MICHIGAN

RELEVANT is Chicago-based artist Adeshola Makinde’s debut solo exhibition curated by Juana Williams, highlighting the fervor of the Civil Rights Movement, a significant moment in African Americans’ long-held fight for the same constitutional and legal rights other Americans benefited from. He is particularly referencing protest signs from the Civil Rights era to encourage a discussion […]

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SEEN Magazine // Virtual Insanity: Frank Lepkowski’s Perspective on the Digital World

Frank Lepkowski grapples with the effects of living in a digital world July 1, 2021 By Patrick Dunn for SEEN MAGAZINE Photography by Darrel Ellis  Scrolling through the endless entertainment of the internet can feel like a pleasantly passive pastime, but Frank Lepkowski wants people to remember that it takes a certain mental toll.“When you […]

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