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Sculptor Patrick Dougherty to Transform Eliza Howell Park with “Stickwork” Installation + Artist Residency with Sidewalk Detroit

From September 7th- 25th, Sidewalk Detroit and will be hosting internationally acclaimed artist, Patrick Dougherty as he creates one of his famed ‘Stickwork’ sculptures in Eliza Howell Park. This three-week artist residency will engage artists, volunteers, neighbors, and members of the public to work side by side with the internationally renowned artist as he creates […]

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City of Detroit Announces Juneteenth Celebration and Call For Public Art

The City of Detroit will kick off Juneteenth 2020 with a week-long series of programming and virtual conversations celebrating Black culture and educating viewers on important issues impacting the Black community. Topics addressed will empower viewers to engage in most relevant discussions aimed to offer healing and empowerment to the black community in Detroit. The […]

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“The Hum & Glow of Winter” Public Art Installation by Michael Polakowski debuts at Beacon Park on February 27th

“The Hum and Glow of Winter” is a new public artwork series by Michael Polakowski that will be on view throughout this winter at Beacon Park, in downtown Detroit. These bold and graphic art installations are on display at Beacon Park in the garden beds along Grand River Avenue through mid- March for park visitors […]

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Performance: Martin Creed’s “Getting Changed” @ MOCAD Thursday, 9/26

You’ve surely seen the sign outside of the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, a statement that is at once hopeful and defiant, and some might even say too optimistic, given the city that it resides in. The piece’s name says enough if you haven’t seen it yet – “Work: No. 790: EVERYTHING IS GOING TO […]

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PRIDE SOURCE // SaveArtSpace and Playground Detroit Present ‘Signs of The Time’ Exhibit Through Aug. 4

DETROIT — Brooklyn/Detroit-based public art nonprofit​SaveArtSpace​and Playground Detroit​ will present “Signs of the Time,” a cross-media gallery and public art exhibition curated by Ellen Rutt. The selected exhibiting artists are Bre’Ann White,​ Dessislava Terzieva,​ Elysia Vandenbussche, Erik Henderson,​ ProjectArt, Adeshola Makinde,​ Jonah Welch, Viscaya Wagner and Thomas “Detour” Evans. This exhibit will display the work […]

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Call for Artists: SaveArtSpace to curate public art billboards for Detroit Art Week 2019

SaveArtSpace, a Brooklyn/Detroit-based public art non-profit has partnered with PLAYGROUND DETROIT to bring public art to Detroit via ad space and group gallery exhibition during Detroit Art Week, in celebration of Ellen Rutt’s upcoming featured installation opening to the public on Saturday, July 20th. We invite artists of all ages and talents to submit between April 2 and May 28, 2019. […]

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DETROIT ARTISTS CREATE PUBLIC ARTWORK IN REACTION TO FILM ‘DETROIT’

Detroiters may have noticed a few new ‘large-scale’ public artworks around the city over the past week. These ‘artwork’ vinyl wallscapes are part of a custom outdoor campaign for the movie DETROIT, commissioned by Annapurna Pictures by four local artists who have family history in connection to the events of 1967. This year is the […]

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PUBLIC ART: LEAN PEAKS INSTALLATION STANDS OUT AT CAMP DETROIT DURING MOVEMENT ELECTRONIC FESTIVAL

In its fourth year, CAMP Detroit [Community Arts Moving Projects] has once again challenged “creators to make pieces that reflect the heart & future of Detroit” during Memorial Day weekend, AKA Movement weekend. CAMP chose seven large-scale installations to be featured during the internationally-known music festival providing a huge audience to the inspiring and playful works. PLAYGROUND DETROIT spoke to artist Ellen Rutt and […]

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DONATE NOW: THE HEIDELBERG PROJECT NEEDS YOUR SUPPORT TO FIGHT AGAINST STRING OF ARSON ATTACKS

World-famous Heidelberg Project needs your help.  Over the past six months, multiple arson fires have attacked the 27-year old public art initiative from Detroit artist and activist, Tyree Guyton. The buildings that remain now of the three-block neighborhood are the “Party Animal House,” covered with stuffed animals; the “People’s House,” a home covered with polka dots, and […]

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HEIDELBERG PROJECT ARTIST TYREE GUYTON HAS SOLO SHOW AT CUE GALLERY IN NEW YORK CITY

CUE Art Foundation Gallery is presenting visionary Detroit artist, Tyree Guyton’s first New York City solo exhibition, Faces of God on Fire. October 17 – November 22, 2013 Opening reception: Thursday, October 17, 5-7pm FACEBOOK EVENT From CUE’s website: In 1986, Guyton founded The Heidelberg Project on an abandoned street on Detroit’s East Side. The artist […]

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VACANT WOODWARD WINDOWS NOW OCCUPIED WITH ART FROM STREET CULTURE MASH X 323EAST GALLERY

In the heart of Downtown Detroit runs Woodward Avenue: it cuts from the downtown riverfront through the city of Detroit, through various suburbs, extending to Pontiac. Before it turns into a round-a-bout at Campus Martius downtown near Hart Plaza, there are blocks of various vacant storefronts, which used to surround the once glamourous HUDSON’S department store (which has […]

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