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20 Black Detroit Creatives To Follow and $upport to Honor Juneteenth

“Juneteenth,” which takes place annually on June 19th, commemorates the same date in 1865 when in Galveston, Texas, enslaved Black people received the news that all US slaves were considered free. Although that date set forth a theoretical freedom and many of the celebratory Juneteenth traditions that Black people participate in today, many Black people […]

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Memorial Day Weekend 2021 Event Guide

This week every year, we release guide to one of our favorite events in Detroit, Movement Electronic Music Festival. While the festival has been cancelled once again for 2021, this weekend we are excited about venues, musicians and organizers across the city taking their first steps at bringing the “new normal” to Detroit’s dance music […]

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Dreamtroit to Transform Lincoln Street Art Park + Recycle Here Creating Affordable Live/Make Artist Community

$20M project to transform old auto plant + recycling center into affordable make/live artist community from the team behind Recycle Here and Lincoln Street Art Park has been announced to bring make/live space, retail and commercial space and more to historic site. They plan to convert an old auto-plant-turned-recycling- center into a mixed-use, make/live development […]

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TONEY X Detroit Hustles Harder Collaborate on Limited Edition Jacket for Downtown Boxing Gym

Downtown Boxing Gym has released a limited edition varsity jacket in collaboration with Detroit Hustles Harder and Detroit artist, Toney Whlgn. The jacket design was created by the inspired by their core values: Family, Trust, Commitment and Respect. Toney created the original artwork infusing his signature style with classic boxing insignia including a unique glove […]

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Michigan Legacy Art Park & Charles McGee Art Fund Artist Residency Program Seeks Applicants

In 2019, Michigan Legacy Art Park, a nonprofit arts and culture organization in northern Michigan, honored Charles McGee with our Legacy Award for his lifetime of contributions as an artist and a mentor. As the arts community learned of the passing of Charles McGee at the age of 96, we all mourn for his loss, […]

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Détroit Is the New Black X Ponyride to Celebrate Juneteenth

Ponyride, in collaboration with Détroit Is the New Black are hosting a 2-day Juneteenth celebration featuring a Block Party, virtual panel discussions, live performances from world-renowned poet, Jessica Care Moore, and the launch of Détroit Is the New Black Hyper Local online market. Partial proceeds of all sales from the Marketplace benefit Ponyride and Boys & Girls Clubs […]

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“The Longest Dusk” by Brandi Keeler

The Longest Dusk COVID vivid nightmaresof becoming a black man’s widow Fear filling my bellyBreakfast. Lynch. Dinner.I can’t stomach this. Unrest is my bedmateCan’t sleep even when I can breathe Can’t breathe too deep when I do breathe. COVID. Cops. COVID. Cops.Which one will kill us today? Shelter in place may be liftedBut not my […]

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Rent Party Detroit Launches to Raise Housing Injustice Funds

Rent Party Detroit is an emergency fund that harnesses the power of neighbors to help neighbors by raising money though social and cultural event. Our mission is to promote housing security in the Detroit area and help neighbors realize their collective power to fight housing injustice. It pays homage to traditional rent parties that were […]

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Open Letter

Since 2012, PLAYGROUND DETROIT has been committed to share, inspire and highlight contemporary emerging artists in Detroit demonstrated through our exhibitions, events, and programming. For this reason, we are having conversations with the community and implementing changes to the 20/20 Emerging Artists Fellowship 2021 to ensure everyone has an equal opportunity. Along with updates to […]

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Populace Coffee Releases PLAYGROUND DETROIT Cafe Bag for COVID-19 Support Partnership

Populace Partner Support Bags is an amazing new concept launched by the fine folks at Populace Coffee. In order to provide support their friends and partners during this time, they have decided to use their web platform to sell coffee for a good cause and help keep Small Businesses above water. So… what does this […]

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RESPONSE. Brings Creativity to the Fight Against COVID-19

RESPONSE. is a new music label and media company created during the Coronavirus to use art to fight the disease -all while giving artists a platform. The brainchild of Detroit artist Alex Wilcox, RESPONSE. stems from a passion for findings ways that artists can continue to engage with audiences while also supporting the greater cause. […]

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Kenny Karpov Releases Photography Book “Despite It All We Never Learn”

Despite It All We Never Learn, is a book of refugee testimonials taken from the Mediterranean Sea from those living in situations beyond our imaginations released by photographer and documentarian, Kenny Karpov. Karpov’s mission is to share the stories of the many refugees that he encountered during his time in Europe. The book that he […]

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