Art X Detroit: Kresge Arts Experience will take over Midtown this spring as the free, five-day arts experience celebrates Detroit’s arts scene April 10-14, 2013. Throughout more than a dozen venues in the vibrant Midtown district, the public is invited to experience an exciting collection of visual art installations, dance, musical and theatrical performances, literary readings, and much more created by the Kresge Eminent Artists and Kresge Artist Fellowship Awardees. Art X Detroit is funded by The Kresge Foundation.
A thriving arts and cultural community not only enriches the quality of life for residents and visitors to southeastern Michigan, but inspires fresh ideas and fuels the creative vitality of the region,” -Rip Rapson, Kresge’s president and CEO.
“In attracting local, national and international audiences to experience the works of these artists, Art X Detroit celebrates the Detroit metropolitan area as a hub of innovation and human energy. We’re proud to support the event and celebrate the Kresge Eminent Artists and Artist Fellows.” – VIA [Art X Press Release]
The Kresge Foundation has provided $2 million to support more than 70 artists living and working in Metro Detroit through its Kresge Eminent Artist and Artist Fellowship programs since 2008. The Eminent Artist and Artist Fellowship programs are administered by the College for Creative Studies. The opening night of Art X Detroit is a multi-venue celebration on Wednesday, April 10, 6:15 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. at MOCAD and the N’Namdi Center for Contemporary Art, with special live performances at the First Congregational Church and Wayne State University.
Frames for the People: A City of Halos is an exploration in seeing Detroit through its people. Working with large sheets of colored acrylic she calls Optimism Filters, Baldauf will create a film with Stephen and Cory McGee and the people in Metropolitan Detroit.
From April 10 – 28, 2013, MOCAD hosts twelve Kresge Visual Arts Fellows and one Kresge Literary Arts Fellow in an exhibition of their most recent works. This exhibition presents these artists as they arrive at the culmination of their fellowship period, and shows their continuing explorations in the fields of painting, sculpture, photography, ceramics, and mixed-media installations. For some, the time as a Fellow has allowed for the creation of new works specifically for exhibition during Art X Detroit 2013. It has also given some Fellows an opportunity to collaborate with other artists, or to explore an altogether new medium for expression. The Art X Detroit 2013 Exhibition at MOCAD brings forth the latest developments in the ongoing artistic careers of the Kresge Arts Fellows.
The success of 21st century cities is deeply rooted in quality of place. Placemaking is not a new concept, but “Creative Placemaking” is a relatively young field that is quickly gaining enough traction to offer a great deal of promise for cities. This fresh approach couples arts and culture with ambition for place and its early successes have created a field eager to experiment. In accordance with this spirit, placemakers across the nation have begun to develop new tools to address the complicated challenges facing cities. Through the lenses of an artist, community organizer, curator, national funder, and economic development agency, this panel will explore what can be learned from strong national examples of creative placemaking, how this work can offer benefits to all stakeholders, what tools are needed to move the field forward, and the issues we should be aware of as more and more individuals, organizations and communities begin to engage in creative placemaking.
VIDEO SCREENINGS & CONVERSATION – KRESGE 2011 VISUAL ARTS FELLOWS
Join filmmaker Stephen McGee for a screening of his documentary videos featuring all twelve Kresge Arts in Detroit Fellows in the Visual Arts. This screening is followed by a special conversation with McGee, along with 2012 Visual Arts Fellows Scott Hocking and Liz Cohen, moderated by Cézanne Charles of ArtServe Michigan.
• Bill Harris: Art X artist spotlight: Bill Harris
• Corrie Baldauf: Art X artist spotlight: Corrie Baldauf
• Liz Cohen: Art X artist spotlight: Liz Cohen
• Naomi Long Madgett: Art X artist spotlight: Naomi Long Madgett
• Shara Worden: Art X artist spotlight: Shara Worden
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