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NEW YORK CITY X DETROIT: CARHARTT X 5BORO COLLABORATION RELEASED

Carhartt Work In Progress and 5Boro have released their recent clothing and newspaper collaboration inspired by two skate crews’ tours of NYC and Detroit. This exciting collaboration, is only the beginning of how NYC and Detroit’s energy can work together creating inspiring, fresh, and exciting new opportunities. PLAYGROUND DETROIT believes that the more that New Yorkers and […]

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SHARE YOUR VISION FOR THE CITY-PUSH THE WORLD IN A NEW DIRECTION FROM DETROIT RUINS!

The Detroit Free Press wants to hear from you;  share your unique vision of the future of Detroit. The newspaper wants to “complete” the portrait of the city, but we should aim to give them something fresh to balance the endless ruins photos. Click here for more information on submitting your artwork. After reading John Patrick Leary’s ‘Detroitism,’ you’ll probably […]

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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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DEACCESSION OR DIE: WILL DETROIT SELL ITS’ PRICELESS ART PIECES IN ORDER TO SAVE THE CITY?

  From any artist or art collector’s viewpoint it is heartbreaking to imagine being forced to part with priceless artwork for the sake of making money. However, Detroit’s debt problem is dire and rumors are spreading about the Mayor’s consideration of doing just that. “…As Detroit city officials frantically try to stave off state intervention, whether […]

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JOHN PATRICK LEARY’S ‘DETROITISM’

John Patrick Leary’s poignant essay, ‘Detroitism,’ featured in the Guernica: a magazine of art & politics, relays heartfelt insight from a Detroit resident as the city becomes a target of “Ruin photography, […] criticized for its ‘pornographic’ sensationalism.” I admit I’m a junkie for images of the dilapidated beauty decaying in the old buildings, rich […]

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COMING UP: PITCHFORK FEATURES DANNY BROWN ON THE GUEST LIST

In case you missed it earlier this month, Detroit’s own Danny Brown was featured on Pitchfork.com’s Guest Lists which features interviews with artists through an in-depth questionnaire.  We love Danny’s call out on his ‘favorite venue’- The Shelter… Favorite Venue ‘Here in Detroit we got The Shelter, where Eminem shot a lot of the 8 Mile footage. I rap there a […]

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“DETROPIA” DOC TO TAKE SUNDANCE FESTIVAL BY STORM

  Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady have spent 2 years in Detroit filming the upcoming documentary, “Detropia,” and are bringing to it the Sundance Film Festival this year. The focus of the film is the aftermath of industrialization and globalization as well as looking at the people who have remained in the city.  Here is […]

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TOMMY SIMON IS “LOST IN DETROIT,” VIA HUFFINGTON POST

PLAYGROUND DETROIT’S friend, Tommy Simon writes about the hardships and struggles that him and his creative peers find while living in the city of Detroit in the Huffington Post. He writes, There seems to be this impression that there is this group of young white hipsters moving into Detroit and living these sweet, lush, and […]

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DETROIT CREATIVE CORRIDOR CENTER GIVES BACK TO DETROIT THROUGH DESIGN

  Check out this video from The Detroit Creative Corridor Center’s Vimeo channel.  According to their website, DC3 “…is part resource center, part collaborative work space and part innovation studio…to encourage informal exchange, dialogue, and intersecting ideas.” They are “committed to promoting the success of the creative economy in Detroit, and believe that Detroit’s Creative Corridor is […]

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STAND UP DETROIT! AN INTERVIEW WITH ARTIST VERONIKA SCOTT

    PLAYGROUND DETROIT has been infatuated with College of Creative Studies student, Veronika Scott since first hearing of her life-changing convertible coat-sleeping bag as a creative solution to help the homeless population in Detroit, Michigan over a year ago. [Follow the link below to read a new interview with her by David Merritt of Goodness […]

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MICHIGAN CENTRAL DEPOT STATION THROUGH THE YEARS

Is there another ruin that has held the spotlight as fervently as the Michigan Central Depot Station? It’s one of the most recognizable architectural ruins in the US, and has been the subject of numerous newspaper articles, books, and even TV commercials. The attention might be due its monumental but battered architecture; it might be […]

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