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ARTIST OPEN CALL: Apply to Modern Ancient Brown Visiting Fellowship & Post-Baccalaureate Residency in Studio Art and Critical Studies through January 30

Established in 2019, the Modern Ancient Brown Foundation supports and nurtures BIPOC artists and writers through the creation of a new Core Program housed in Detroit.

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HAIL ZOMBO! Confronting the Shadow Self at Theater Bizarre

Writing and Photography by: Niki Williams nikimidwest.com @niki_midwezt A group of costumed revelers gather around a stuffed white goat. Candle wax drips off the table onto the floor as a figure — scratch that — an apparition rises, donning a black dunce cap as it croaks, “Hail the Call, Hail the Hunt, HAIIIIIIL ZOMBO!” The […]

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BOILER ROOM DETROIT Details by Niki Williams

Writing and Photography by: Niki Williams nikimidwest.com @niki_midwezt B*TCH BANG!  That is what AK said. Bitch Bang! The crowd simmered around her, noodling. Bitch Bang! Some frothed over, past innuendo into the sublime. Say Bitch Bang! A tall woman in a tight pink dress twerked frenetically on her partner and her platinum hair bobbed with […]

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MURALS IN THE MARKET Returns to Eastern Market

Eastern Market Partnership (EMP) Dan Carmody, President, Eastern Market Partnership,1xRUN, Roula David, Vice President, 1xRUN Murals in the Market Festival proudly returns to Eastern Market after two years, hosted by 1xRUN and Eastern Market Partnership. This year’s festival is a smaller version compared to past events from 2015-2019. After a two-year pandemic-related hiatus, Murals in […]

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The Inaugural “Cartoons & Stereo” Event Seeks to Connect Music, Skateboarding and Beyond

Skateboarding and music naturally go hand in hand, two subcultures that consistently celebrate pushing the envelope of what is socially acceptable. Simultaneously informed and disgusted by what is popular at the time, the main rule of both mediums is as follows: if you’re good, you’re good, and if you care enough, being good is not […]

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Papa was a rolling stone!

Wherever he laid his hat was his home! Writing and Photography by: Niki Williams nikimidwest.com @niki_midwezt Since 2012, bass players have gathered out front of the Motown Museum in Detroit, Michigan to pluck, strum and pick en masse for Bass Day. The event, which took place this year on Saturday, August 27th, may well be […]

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ARTIST PROFILE: ELYSIA VANDENBUSSCHE STANDS OUT IN COMM[UNITY]

Is it possible to take the road less traveled while still promoting a sense of community? Artist Elysia Vandenbussche represents this dichotomy in both her own life and her artwork in our most recent exhibition, COMM[UNITY]. Vandenbussche’s installation, untitled., is made up of 65 handmade porcelain canvases. Each piece began as a pile of powder, which […]

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N’NAMDI CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY ART PANEL SERIES TALKS ABOUT ‘PSYCHOLOGICAL GENTRIFICATION’

N’Namdi Center For Contemporary Art begun the first of a three-part panel series on ‘Psychological Gentrification,’ which will explore how contemporary gentrification is affecting the arts, businesses, and urban development in Detroit. The first panel was moderated by Stephen Henderson of the Detroit Free Press, and panelists included Marsha Music (Writer/Cultural Griot), Marc Brown (Lawyer), […]

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FLINT PUBLIC ART PROJECT SOON TO PRESENT ART FESTIVAL AT CHEVY-IN-THE-HOLE

PLAYGROUND DETROIT is pleased to announce a special call for proposals for the Free City Public Art Festival. The presenting organization, Flint Public Art Project, is particularly interested in receiving proposals from the PLAYGROUND DETROIT community and has extended the deadline. This is a special extension which closes by Monday, March 11th at midnight. See […]

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DETROIT SOUP: FILLING BELLIES AND POCKETS ONE DINNER AT A TIME

” Detroit Soup, started by Kate Daughdrill and Jessica Hernandez, brings local artists and entrepreneurs together to pitch ideas on how to revive their hometown.” The community members who attend the dinners held by Soup get the oppurtunity to vote on the evening’s favorite project proposals, which will recieve the pool of the dinner’s funds. Past […]

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