Without art there is no renaissance. Throughout history artistic movements triggered the changes many civilizations so deeply craved. Detroit is settling into its role as the bellwether for the modern, urban, American landscape. Through its art Detroit can show the world it is ready for change.
From April 10 through April 14 “Art X Detroit: Kresge Arts Experience” will inhabit Midtown for a free, five-day art experience celebrating Detroit’s unique art scene and incorporate more than a dozen venues. Everyone is invited to enjoy an eclectic array of visual art installations, dance, musical and theatrical performances, literary readings … and that is just the beginning. The 2011 edition (Art X Detroit occurs every other year) brought 10,000 for the week of festivities to the resurgent Midtown neighborhood.
Key to making this celebration of creation happen is the Kresge Foundation. Since 2008 it has supported more than 70 artists living and working in the Metro Detroit area with more than $2 million in grants and donations through its Kresge Eminent Artist and Artist Fellowship programs.
This year’s installment of Art X Detroit will showcase the works and performances of Eminent Artists Bill Harris and Naomi Long Madgett not to mention exhibits from some of Detroit’s most exciting talents at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD), the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Detroit Symphony Orchestra Hall, the College for Creative Studies and numerous other excellent outlets in Midtown. For an A to Z look at the 38 Art X Detroit artists check out the site here.
“A thriving arts and cultural community not only enriches the quality of life for residents and visitors to southeastern Michigan, but inspires fresh ideas and fuels the creative vitality of the region.” said Rip Rapson, Kresge’s president and CEO.
The Kresge foundation is a national organization, but has deep roots in Detroit. Its Detroit Program focuses on helping Detroit in long-term economic aspects, promoting cultural expression and ensuring the city is the beating heart of a vibrant and dynamic region.
Thanks to Art Serve Michigan, the College for Creative Studies, MOCAD and Midtown Detroit Inc., a nonprofit organization leading the charge for reinvestment in Midtown, for five days Metro Detroit will have the chance to show the region, the country and the world exactly what it is capable of.
Rapson says “In attracting local, national and international audiences to experience the works of these artists, Art X Detroit celebrates the Detroit metropolitan area as a hub of innovation and human energy.”
Want to see this hub of human energy in action? Here’s your Art X Detroit schedule.