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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

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. 
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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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