September 14, 2021
When you think of Detroit, what is one of the first things that come to mind? Probably cars. How about art? Creativity? Creativity stems from the imagination and is turned into tangible, audible, or visual art pieces so others can experience it from their perspective, interpret it, and ascribe personal meaning to it. Detroit is full of opportunities to do this. The city is home to art in many forms: music, murals, food, photography, architecture, and yes, even cars through automotive design and innovation.
In celebration of National Live Creative Day, Sept. 14, here is a list of creative spaces that you can explore this creativity in Detroit—and even create art yourself.
MOCAD hosts contemporary art exhibits featuring artists from around the world. With a mission for art to embrace others, it connects Detroit to the rest of the world by exhibiting different contemporary art styles and influences. There are numerous and ever-changing exhibits at MOCAD and a small viewing room that experiments with the idea of collaging multiple forms of art while educating visitors about contemporary art. Check out their current and upcoming exhibits here, and explore their online exhibition series, Daily Rush.
The world-renowned DIA takes one of the top spots of places Detroiters and visitors can experience and embrace art. Many exhibits that capture the past, present, and future can be found in this creative space. It hosts over 65,000 artworks in more than 100 galleries. Check out their events and exhibits here and their digital collection.
N’Namdi gives local artists’ work a home in their four-exhibit space, including indoor and outdoor performance areas. The gallery features a variety of contemporary art pieces that showcase and educate viewers about the rich history of Black Americans. N’Namdi also offers an array of programming, including juried shows, lectures, art invitationals, family events, and an artist in residence program. Check out exhibits at N’Namdi here.
Tyree and Karen Guyton founded this unique outdoor art environment in Detroit in the mid-1980s. The Heidelberg Project, located on Heidelberg Street, is a massive community installation featuring undisrupted vacant houses and lots turned into a creative art environment. The remains integrate the street, sidewalks, found objects, nature, existing homes, trees, abandoned houses, and vacant lots into “lots of arts.”
There’s more than just fresh produce, meat, baked foods, and flowers at the Eastern Market, America’s oldest operating urban farmers market. In 1969, the Market debuted street art, leading to the frequent addition of hundreds of murals on the neighborhood’s building facades created by local muralists. Be sure to check out Murals in the Market Festival held in the fall.
We’ve all embraced our creativity with paint at one point in our lives; however, Painting with a Twist takes it to another level. The studio experience presents themed nights and take-home kits to personalize each paint experience. A popular theme night is “Paint and Sip,” where you can enjoy a bottle of wine while embracing your creativity and following along with an instructor. There are a lot of Painting with a Twist locations in Michigan. Find a location close to you here.
Grab your friends and family and visit the Monroe Street Midway located in Downtown Detroit, a new outdoor space developed by Bedrock, Rollercade, select Detroit artists, and Rocket Community Fund. The area offers outdoor rolling skating, local food, live local DJ performances, and mural masterpieces created by Detroit artists.
DAM is a non-profit gallery committed to contemporary art and connecting artists, collectors, and communities. It is in the heart of Detroit’s Midtown neighborhood, one of the city’s fastest-growing and culturally dynamic areas, and three blocks from the Detroit Institute of Arts. Each year, DAM sells $100,000 in original artwork and distributes $66,000 in commissions to 500 local artists, more than any other non-profit gallery in the area. Check out DAM’s current exhibits here.
Written by Korzell Coe