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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. 

Point Aux Barques Lighthouse

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.

Liana Aghajanian at work

A new model for Write a House means more writers in Detroit

Since 2014, Write a House has given away four rehabbed Detroit homes to writers. But because of the city's changing real estate market, they're transitioning to a rental model—which will hopefully mean even more writers in Detroit.

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Metro Detroit's DIY network offers many paths to creativity

There's no shortage of ways to get crafty in Metro Detroit. Local crafting maven Lish Dorset clues us in on ways to embrace our inner makers.

Ferreyra in the press's warehouse

Detroit's publishing company: WSU Press marks 75 years of excellence in esoterica

In a world populated by numerous university presses and ever-increasing options for reading material, WSU Press seeks niches that it can truly own. And that's what's allowed it to stay in businesses for 75 years. 
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