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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.

Arts Features

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. 
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Arts Videos

DC3 Video List

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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