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Top Ten Detroit Cultural Moments 2011

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Despite inevitable headaches, Detroit continued to be blessed with an active and growing cultural community. This past year brought us great art exhibits, theatre, and music -- if you were in Detroit and could not find something to do, you had your eyes shut! So, like everybody else, I decided to provide my top ten cultural events of 2011. Please let me know your thoughts about this list in the comments. And Happy New Year!

1. Art X Detroit, another Kresge event that celebrates and supports creatives

2. Cranbrook Art Museum re-opening -- they set the bar yet again

3. Detroit Symphony Orchestra's triumphant return after six-month strike

4. Big anniversaries: The Heidelberg Project celebrates 25 years and the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit celebrates five years

5. Wicked returns to Detroit -- great music, great actors, great venue

6. Detroit Institute of Arts brings us Rembrandt and the Face of Jesus

7. HuffPost Detroit launches

8. Hatch crowd-funding adventure and its winner Hugh

9. Detroit Creative Corridor Center brings us the Detroit Design Festival and the Creative Business Accelerator Program

10. Detroit artists and arts organizations continue to get press and $$$

And, of course, we had a few sad cultural moments this past year. Here are the top three saddest cultural moments of 2011:

1. Sherry Washington advocated for the arts and then stole from children (DPS)

2. Without warning, Science Center closes

3. Luis Croquer leaves MoCAD -- his brains and energy will be missed