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The stage at Baker's Keyboard Lounge

7 must-visit spots on the Detroit border

At Model D, we're always looking for ways to showcase efforts at regionalism. That's why we wanted to highlight some of the places situated right on the border that are regularly visited by Detroiters and suburbanites alike.

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How two new curators at the Detroit Institute of Arts are remaking the contemporary galleries

Assistant curators Taylor Renee Aldridge and Lucy Mensah not only designed the museum's latest exhibit exploring the meaning of home, but are in the midst of a massive overhaul of the Contemporary Galleries that will last over a decade. 

Members of the Detroit School of Arts jazz ensemble

These organizations are keeping Detroit's jazz legacy alive by teaching it to the city's youth

Several institutions in the city are making sure that if a young person loves to play jazz, they have access to education, performance, practice spaces, and most importantly, a sense that they belong in the jazz community.

Raymond Underwood, winner of the Hagopian Rug Design Contest

"You can't just talk about race anywhere": Detroit youth explore race through the arts

A plethora of art programs across the city offer young Detroiters rich, textured avenues for artistic expression about contemporary racial, cultural, and social justice issues.

Jamii Tata

More than words: How a DIY literary culture enriches the North End

The North End is home to a vibrant collection of writers, poets, storytellers, and literary advocates imbuing the neighborhood with their artistry. 

Billy Mark

The improvisational, and confrontational, work of performance artist and poet Billy Mark

Using silence and strange characters, Billy Mark has been challenging audiences in Detroit since moving here in 2013. 

Flint Water Project by Pope.L at What Pipeline

Selling Flint's water? Art installation raises funds and awareness for Flint, Detroit water victims

The "Flint Water Project," a multifaceted installation/performance piece by the Chicago-based artist William Pope.L currently on view at What Pipeline, seeks to raise $100,000 for charity by bottling and selling water from Flint.

A photo from Geoff George's Instagram account

11 beautiful and creative Detroit Instagram accounts you need to follow

Yes, Detroit has some of the country's greatest artists. It's also got some of the most artistic (and meme-worthy) Instagram accounts. Here are our favorites. 

Dan Carmody, president of the Eastern Market Corporation

Graffiti for good: How muralists and businesses are joining forces to enliven Detroit

The colors from Detroit's new murals are not only making the city a more beautiful place, they're stimulating business, connecting communities, and enhancing Detroit's reputation as a world-renowned art city.

Human Eye at the Trumbullplex

Record shops, cafes, and cooperatives: a guide to metro Detroit's underground music venues

For all of the legendary clubs and hip new bars in metro Detroit, there's a lot of music happening well outside the radar of casual music fans. Here's some of our favorite underground places to catch live music. 

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Explore some hidden gems along Michigan's Thumb coast

Looking for an adventure this fall? Explore the Thumb coast, and find some of the area's hidden gems.

Carleton Gholz stands on the Blue Bird stage at the St. Etienne Biennale

Music preservation org saves the Blue Bird Inn stage, an important piece of Detroit music history

In 2015 the Detroit Sound Conservancy saved the Blue Bird Inn's stage, where jazz luminaries like Miles Davis and Charlie Parker played. Now it's being showcased around the world to foster the next generation of sound preservationists.

Matthew Harrison using a 3D printer

Detroit sculptor Matthew Harrison explores identity through clay and machines

A local sculptor, Kresge Visual Art Fellow, and former producer of clay car prototypes for Ford Motor Company, Matthew Angelo Harrison uses 3D printers to make art that imagines post-identity. 

Ingrid LaFleur

Black to Detroit: Imaginative artistic movement Afrofuturism takes root in Detroit

Afrofuturism is an artistic and philosophic movement centered around blackness in science fiction. And Detroit is a major hub in the genre. 

The final panel in Bessiake's work, "For the Greater Good ... 00:01"

MNL Voices: Detroit high-schooler describes the emotions he used to make his award-winning artwork

Habacuc Samuel Bessiake, a 2017 graduate of Henry Ford Academy in Detroit, received a national ward for his self-portrait, "For the Greater Good…00:01." In this personal essay, he describes how he created it.
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