by Daniel Cherrin
The Riverfront Arts Festival is a multi-disciplinary, site specific series of installations and free community events, at Riverfront-Lakewood East Park in the historic Jefferson-Chalmers neighborhood.
This Detroit neighborhood encompasses a rich and turbulent history in the city, which includes the 1712 Fox Indian Massacre, Prohibition-era rum-running, and acting as a Cold War missile base.
There will additionally be two open-air talks on local history:
East Side Detroit from the 1920s-1970s, presented by author and longtime neighborhood resident Nick Sinacori on August 19 from 2-3pm; and,
A House Divided: A Century of Jim Crow & the Legacy of Housing Discrimination in Detroit, presented by historian Jamon Jordon on August 24 from 6:30-8pm.
In addition, art workshops with free materials provided will be presented by art educator Alice V. Schneider on August 19 and 26.
Visitors are encouraged to bring blankets, snacks or fishing poles to further enjoy the park and the art. The permanent works will be on display through the run of the festival, with additional experiences during these special events (all events are free and all-ages)