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DBUSINESS // Art Resource Playground Detroit Expands with New Gallery, Ecommerce Platform

In an effort to connect visitors to the city of Detroit’s art scene, a metro Detroit-native formed Playground Detroit, an event space and website resource featuring artist presentations and exhibits in Detroit’s Corktown neighborhood. After nearly a year in Corktown, the enterprise will move to a larger gallery space on the city’s east side. “A […]

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WDET // Return Mission: Playground Detroit Bolsters Local Art Market

Just a few years back, Detroit-natives Paulina Petkoski and Samantha Banks were creatively hustling in the fashion capital of North America, New York City, pursuing careers in design and fashion. But they both had eyes on artistic happening back in their hometown. Soon, Banks and Petkoski were Midwest ex-pats, reppin’ the Motor City at every […]

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WXYZ // Detroit 20/20: People Making the Move from New York City to Detroit

WXYZ // From New York City to the Motor City, people are making the Motown move. WATCH THE VIDEO SEGMENT HERE. One of those companies is The Galapagos Art Space, a performance center and cultural stable in Brooklyn for nearly 20 years. Now, the space is in Detroit. “In New York, we had a building […]

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BROOKLYN PAPER // Instant gentrification: Detroiters bristle over Galapagos’s plan for art empire

Former Dumbo arts space Galapagos is barging into the Detroit area like it owns the place and could foster the same kind of gentrification it fled in Brooklyn, according to Motor City artists who are leery of the recent transplant. Galapagos decamped in December, citing rent increases from landlord Two Trees, which had offered it […]

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MLIVE // Detroit designers featured at popup in New York’s SoHo shopping district

DETROIT, MI – Detroit designers are featured this month at a shop in New York City fashionable SoHo district.The Michele Varian Shop, in Manhattan, is hosting “Detroit Built” in the basement of her Manhattan store to feature Motor City-based companies.Featured Detroit companies include: Alex Drew & No One, Allison Vince, kem3D, Adorabella Ceramics, Beard Balm, […]

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BUSHWICK DAILY // #NYC2DET: Attend Detroit Design Festival and Network with Local Creatives. Apply Here!

Oh, Detroit! With your sprouting art scene, amazing yet abandoned mansions, eerie industrial sites but perhaps the most importantly– with your atmosphere of new beginnings, hope and community. How can a Brooklynite even begin to start approaching the Motor City and finding out about its creative community? Well, one way is to get on the […]

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VNDL MAG // Haute to Death: Emergency Nothing

Ash Nowak and Jon Dones are the creators of Haute to Death, a notoriously outrageous monthly party native to Detroit that has built a large following with the city’s club kids, thrill seekers, artists, djs, and overall bon vivants. On February 20th, the non-profit organization, Playground Detroit will bring Haute to Death to Culturefix on […]

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THE LOCAL EAST VILLAGE NYTIMES // Putting New York Artists in a Detroit State of Mind

“That’s a beautiful meat Popsicle,” says Dave Graw of the cooking show “Solid Dudes Kitchen.” As he speaks off-screen, two men from Detroit’s Porktown Sausage squeeze fresh sausage out of a Play-Doh Fun Factory-esque machine. “That was my nickname in high school,” says Derek Swanson, the other “Dude.” On a recent Sunday night, the unique […]

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