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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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Farmer Street Pop-up featuring 25+ Artists Grand Opens Downtown on #SmallBusinessSaturday

PLAYGROUND DETROIT is popping up in downtown Detroit on Farmer Street, next to The Shinola Hotel. On #SmallBusinessSaturday Nov. 28th, Farmer Street Pop-up opens with a public Grand Opening at 1435 Farmer Street Suite 117 for the holidays through December. Farmer Street Pop up will feature artwork, gifts and exclusive products from over 20 emerging […]

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PLAYGROUND DETROIT Exhibiting at Intersect Chicago / SOFA, Online November 6-12, 2020

PLAYGROUND DETROIT is proud to be an exhibitor with Intersect Chicago, a virtual art  fair replacing SOFA for the 2020 edition due to COVID-19. Detroit artists featured have been selected include Marlo Broughton, Bakpak Durden, Frank Lepkowski, Lindsay Splichal, Victoria Shaheen and John Sippel. These artists represent a cross-section of various mediums of including painting, sculpture, craft, photography […]

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Black Lives Matter

In this time of global crisis, PLAYGROUND DETROIT stands with the black community. We want all artists, BIPOC, and the community at large to know that PLAYGROUND DETROIT’s exhibitions, events, and initiatives are for them. We advocate for diversity and inclusiveness, and have anti-discrimination and anti-harassment policies on race, ethnicity, sex, age, sexual orientation, ability, and gender identity; and have zero-tolerance for […]

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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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Eightfold Collective Partners with 3D Agents of Shield to Manufacture PPE

3D Agents of Shield is helping brave men and women on the front lines of COVID-19. After seeing the shocking shortage of PPE for our Doctors and Nurses across America, a group of friends began 3D Printing face shields around the clock and distributing it to medical professionals in need. Members of the organization happen […]

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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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Knight Foundation Announces 62 Knight Arts Challenge Detroit finalists

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation named 62 Knight Arts Challenge Detroit finalists (including PLAYGROUND DETROIT) today for a share of $2 million to bring their ideas to life. The finalists propose a range of artistic projects that tell unique Detroit stories, spotlight the city’s history and culture, and connect people to their […]

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Illuminated Mural to be Preserved in Milwaukee Junction ‘Chroma’ Development

The Platform announced today that it has started work on Chroma, a project that transforms a historic cold storage building in Detroit’s iconic Milwaukee Junction neighborhood into a home for local creative entrepreneurs and businesses. “We have been working toward this moment of construction commencement for two years and are grateful for the support of […]

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United States Artists Award Tunde Olaniran & Complex Movements $50K Artist Grants

Since 2006, the Chicago-based non-profit United States Artists has awarded more than 500 artists with over $25 million of direct support over all creative disciplines. Today, the organization has revealed the 2019 USA fellows from across the US who will receive the $50,000 unrestricted cash awards. Recipients of the unrestricted funds grant include Flint-based artist […]

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Knight Foundation Releases New Detroit Study “Evolving Arts Ecosystems” and $20 Million in Funding

Just announced today- “Knight Foundation believes that the arts play a critical role in connecting people to the places where they live. To concentrate its impact, the foundation has focused its funding in specific communities—especially Detroit, a city long known for its artistic and cultural vibrancy. The Great Recession wrought significant damage in Detroit, exacerbating […]

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UFO FACTORY’S TRIUMPHANT RETURN: GRAND RE-OPENING WEEKEND!

When I first moved to Corktown a little over a year ago, one of the spot’s best amenities was as follows: “It’s right down the street from UFO.” Even before I started living in the city proper, I recognized UFO Factory as a refuge for a thriving subset of Detroit’s underground music scene. From album […]

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