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New ideas and forward-thinking actions are all part of the arts in the D. Visual artists, including painters, sculptors, designers, architects; and musicians working in nearly every genre (or sub-genre) under the sun and moon are here doing their funky thing.

All provide the foundation for multiple healthy scenes. Much of what we do here is recognized on a global scale. And sometimes the world comes to us. Just tap that cute girl or guy on the shoulder at Hamtramck's Public Pool next time you're there and ask if they're speaking Danish or Dutch. It was Danish last time we did that. The arts are happening in Detroit, and they stay hot year round.


The A. Alfred Taubman Center for Design Education at CCS

Inside the Argonaut, Detroit's creative hub

In 2009, the College for Creative Studies re-opened General Motors' Argonaut Building as the A. Alfred Taubman Center for Design Education. In just a few short years, it has become a major hub for creative culture and industry in Detroit.

Creative economy

The state of the creative economy in Michigan

Michigan has over 73,000 people working in various creative industries, contributing significantly to the the state's economy and those of its biggest cities. But according to Creative Many, we have lots of room to grow our creative sector.


Moving with Detroit: ARTLAB J, a different kind of dance company

ARTLAB J started off solely as a dance company, but as founder and president Joori Jung started to listen to people in the community, she transformed her troupe into a multi-faceted nonprofit organization.


Haute to Death dance party celebrates 8th b-day with Halloween bash at Temple Bar

This week, Haute to Death will celebrate its 8th anniversary with an Oct. 31 bash that promises plenty of tricks and treats. As a part of "10 Years of Change," our series celebrating Model D's decade of publishing in Detroit, check out this feature from 2010, which discusses the origins of Haute to Death on the occasion of its third birthday party.

7 Brothers Bar

Where Detroit's actors drink: The story of 7 Brothers Bar

From all appearances, 7 Brothers Bar in Hamtramck is, well, a bar. But it's also the number one hangout for actors and theater performers in Detroit.
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Stories from the new economy: the Detroit Creative Corridor Center

The Detroit Creative Corridor Center's Creative Venture Program helps creative entrepreneurs launch their businesses in Detroit. Our partner, the New Economy Initiative, kicks off a series exploring Detroit's new economy by taking a deeper look at the program.
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