Artist and curator Mitch Cope is perhaps best known as one half of Design 99, a collaborative project situated at the intersection of art and design, whose work in the Detroit neighborhood known as Banglatown has garnered international attention.
They come to take part in the dream of turning what's ordinary into greatness, to turn an abandoned school gym into an environment for creativity, collaboration, and inspiration. If that isn't art, I don't know what is.
Looking back over eighteen years of the growth and development of InsideOut Literary Arts Project (iO), I realize that this hope has been with us all along.
Like more than a few operas, it seems, the character at the center is a courtesan, Violetta, who is fairly burned out from her life entertaining men and believes she will die soon. Entering her life, though, is a well-meaning -- if naive -- Alfredo Germont who has long been intrigued by Violetta with no apparent recognition of her profession or lifestyle.
Detroit may continue to make headlines as the largest U.S. city to enter bankruptcy, but during our visit -- my first time ever in the Motor City, other than changing planes at the airport -- I found a lot more to catch my interest than economic woes.
Now please, dear Detroit, let me say at the outset that I totally fell in love with you. I wish only good things for you. My love is pure, but like a mother's love, it comes with some critical feedback.
August 7, 2013: The first thing that I heard on my car radio this morning was our public radio station WDET sounding the call to support Detroit's Br...
Meghan McEwen of Designtripper lives the dream in Detroit, where she runs the impossibly cool and special hotel Honor & Folly. She took us on a tour of her favorite hometown spots.
Recently, in a lightning decision reserved generally for Right-To-Work votes, the Michigan State Senate committee passed a bill that would protect the Detroit Institute of Arts fabulous collection from being sold to help pay the bills for the city's financial deficit.
Matthew Olzmann is one of a handful of poets I know that can win over those who think they hate poetry. He wins over the haters because he is funny, but also because the poems have doors that open and invite you inside.
Just one block away on Trumbull stands an all too typical boarded up, burned out example of Detroit's abandonment and decay. But walk a few more steps and you'll find a building of the same vintage, transformed into a beautiful, living testimony to the arts.
Beethoven's symphonies are iconic and timeless. It is with some wonder, then, that the great one only penned one opera, Fidelio. It is one of the truly classic operas performed for the last two centuries. It's about time it made its way to Detroit.
As we continue to explore the transformative power of art and creativity, I am reminded of the city of Detroit's latest woes. I'll be brief. They ar...
You will keep reading about the blight of the city, another corrupt politician, leadership changes and the like. But I am here to tell you that this is a thriving cultural metropolis. It is a testament to the resilience of Detroiters. It is why the city will overcome its many obstacles.
Tyree Guyton's urban interventions have opened up dialogue on many of the hard questions Detroit faces such as racism, segregation and poverty that have left deep wounds in the spirit of its people.
Detroit is functioning, excelling and overachieving in ways that do not have precedent anywhere else on Earth, and therefore it is profoundly difficult to recognize for those stuck in old paradigms, dreaming of resurrection and emerald cities.