Carrie Morris will bring carnival and sideshow culture to DLECTRICITY’s Electric Park

Carrie Morris is a Detroit-based director and performance artist. Combining puppetry, multimedia and experimental theater, her work has been seen in a variety of places such as the New York International Fringe Festival, the Athens Museum of Art, Seattle’s Annex Theater and as a guest artist with the Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra. Morris served as Program Manager of Puppetry and Performing Arts at the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA)from 2011-2015.

Morris currently serves as artistic director of Carrie Morris Arts Production (CMAP), a venue for puppet and performance works in Detroit (www.carriemorris.com). CMAP is situated in Banglatown, on the border of Detroit and Hamtramck. The space hosts other Michigan artists as well as shows from around the Midwest, and Morris curates a free outdoor summer show series.

For her part as a director, Morris creates experiences through theater and puppetry that contextualize the space we inhabit and the wider world. Morris works hard to refute the idea that puppetry is just for children and focuses on producing stories that resonate. She was the recipient of a Fulbright grant in performance art for her work in multimedia shadow puppetry in Solo, Indonesia.

A detailed profile on Morris: http://springboardexchange.org/carriemorris/

For Dlectricity 2017, Morris’ project “The Shadow Puppet Circus Sideshow” will use light and overhead projectors to project hand-cut silhouettes with Detroit-inspired sideshow characters onto carnival cutout displays. The interactive project is part of the family-friendly “Electric Park” zone of Dlectricity 2017, to be located on the grounds of the DIA at Woodward and Kirby.

Tonight, CMAP is hosting Detroit PuppetSLAM, a collection of new puppet works and works-in-progress by artists and puppeteers, [JULY 28] at 8pm at 2221 Carpenter St, Detroit. Detroit PuppetSLAM will close out the CMAP 2017 Outdoor Summer Series. Carrie Morris and CMAP create a part of the Detroit art scene unlike anything else—so don’t miss the chance to see them in action! For more info about the Detroit PupperSLAM, check out:

http://www.broadwayworld.com/detroit/article/2017-Outdoor-Summer-Series-Welcomes-The-Detroit-PuppetSLAM-20170720

Thanks to VTC Insurance Group for their support of Morris’ The Shadow Puppet Circus Sideshow!

Cooper Holoweski Returns to Detroit Roots!

Cooper Holoweski returns to his Detroit roots for a second Dlectricity!

In 2014, Cooper screened his project “Katabasis,” a 40-minute video landscape accompanied by audio that explores themes of death and rebirth. Since then, he has been the recipient of a Lower East Side Printshop Keyholder Residency and a Clocktower Gallery Media Art Residency (both in 2015).

Holoweski released a series of prints, “Recent Antiquities,” in 2016. Printed and published by Holoweski at the Lower East Side Printshop, he won the May/June 2017 Prix de Print in Art in Print.

Holoweski will be presenting “As Above, So Below” this year at Dlectricity, a two-channel video installation that draws on the concept of macrocosm and microcosm. Using materials such as aluminum foil, coffee grounds and Styrofoam, Holoweski compares the commonplace and the divine.

Concurrent with Dlectricity, Holoweski’s work will be shown in a solo exhibition at the College for Creative Studies’ Center Galleries. Cooper Holoweski: Basement Cosmos is a multimedia installation using everyday objects to explore the relationship between human beings and space.

“This dynamic exhibition of Cooper Holoweski’s new video work at CCS will compliment his DLECTRICITY project and give viewers an even deeper immersion into his explorations of the universe and humankind,” said Michelle Perron, director of Center Galleries and Dlectricity Curatorial Committee member. Basement Cosmos opens at the Center Galleries September 16 and runs through October 21—be sure to check it out! (301 Frederick Douglass, Detroit, MI 48202)

Holoweski’s work will be on view on the Detroit Institute of Arts John R façade at Kirby—thanks again to the DIA for hosting this project!

Check out a Space Gallery interview with Holoweski about his work here!

Check out his website here!

The Return of Cuppetelli + Mendoza!

Detroit-based duo Cuppetelli + Mendoza return to Dlectricity 2017! Annica Cuppetelli and Cristobal Mendoza began working together in the fall of 2010. For Dlectricity 2012, they created a site-specific interactive installation, “Notional Field,” that reacted to a viewer’s motion through light projected onto strings. Since then, Cuppetelli + Mendoza received a 2013 ARCADI grant towards the production of new work in Paris, France, as well as working as 2015 Kresge Arts in Detroit Visual Arts Fellows.

This year, Cuppetelli + Mendoza are collaborating with Detroit-based musician Shigeto to bring time-based sculpture “in::Sequence” to Dlectricity 2017. The work is a participative installation that uses cyclic video projected onto a sculpture made of tulle and a synchronized soundtrack that allows viewers to assume a contemplative state.

“in::Sequence” was also presented at the Red Bull House of Art in May as part of Movement 2017. Check out photos of the project here!

“in:Sequence” will be installed on the grounds of Wayne State University, at the corner of Woodward and Warren. Thank you so much to Wayne State for hosting this awesome project!

Welcome back Cuppetelli + Mendoza!

Welcome Laura Heit & “Hypothetical Stars”!

We are so excited to welcome Laura Heit to Dlectricity 2017! Laura is bringing her project “Hypothetical Stars” to the DIA at Woodward and Farnsworth.

Originally commissioned by Richard Herskowitz for the 2015 Houston Cinema Arts Festival, the piece uses actual 16mm footage taken during the Apollo 12 mission, tabletop dioramas and animated projections to craft a hypothetical universe. The Apollo 12 mission was after the moon landing and the first mission to bring a color TV camera. The piece is also supported in part by an Oregon Arts Commission Career Opportunity Grant.

“This piece asks us to consider a new view of that which we cannot see with the naked eye, where images sent back from the outer reaches are not seen as scientific truth but as deeply connected to our collective curiosity,” per Heit’s project description. Thank you so much to the DIA for hosting this amazing project!

In 2016, Heit had a 2-part show of her films and animation work at Boise Art Museum. This year, she had a solo show at the Center for Contemporary Art & Culture at PNCA in Portland.

Check out an interview with Heit from 2016 here

Check out more of her film and animation work here

Check out a video of her “Hypothetical Stars” project here

 

Dawn of Man back at DLECTRICITY

We are so excited to welcome digital arts collective Dawn of Man back to Dlectricity this year!

Founded in 2008, Dawn of Man is a digital arts collective that uses new technology for storytelling. They create and direct works of new media, 3D projection mapping, cinema, video and audio art.

Some of their projects include “guerilla mapping,” using the walls of buildings and other public spaces to project messages. In 2011, the group was commissioned by MoMA to create a custom projection for MoMA’s garden wall during “The Party in the Garden.” In 2012, the group used NYC buildings as “a six-story canvas for a traveling work called ‘Space Monkey.'” We had the privilege of featuring a unique version of the project, “Space Monkey Detroit,” at Dlectricity 2012!

Most recently, the group’s “Projection Napping” took NYC by surprise in 2015, as they projected large-scale digital videos of people napping on the sides of buildings at random around the city. They also produced an installation for Art Basel in Miami in 2015, where they filled a pool with 250,000 ping pong balls and projected images onto the surface.

Dawn of Man will be presenting a new mobile installation, “Graffiti Grandma,” for Dlectricity 2017! The project will be informed by past project “Graffiti Girl.” Check out a teaser from “Graffiti Girl” here!

Rashaad Newsome named Artist-in-Residence for DLECTRICITY

Newsome will work in Detroit over the summer engaging local communities and preparing for a parade, a video installation at the Detroit Institute of Arts, and a performance at the Detroit Film Theater.

July 18, 2017 – HYPHEN, an artist management firm, and Midtown Detroit Inc., a nonprofit urban planning agency charged with the revitalization of Detroit’s Midtown District, are pleased to announce that Rashaad Newsome has been named artist-in-residence for DLECTRICITY, a night-time festival of light-based art and technology held in Detroit on September 22-23, 2017 presented by DTE ENERGY Foundation. During the festival, founded in 2012, local and international artists illuminate the streets and historic architecture of Midtown. Rashaad Newsome, the 2017 lead artist, will present King of Arms Parade, his iconic mass processional performance commissioned for the occasion. On Friday, September 22nd at 7 p.m. in the Great Hall of the Detroit Institute of Arts, Newsome’s King of Arms launches with the premiere of a large-scale, site-specific video projection. The procession of hundreds of local participants moves from the museum onto the city streets.

Concurrent with the festival, the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Detroit Historical Museum, theMuseum of Contemporary Art Detroit, and the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History are collaborating on exhibition programming as part of a community-wide remembrance of the 50th anniversary of the Detroit Rebellion of July 1967. Special projects by Martin Creed and Pope L. will also be on view.

Connecting diverse local communities, King of Arms will enliven the streets of Midtown in the tradition of a second line brass band. Acknowledging Detroit’s integral connection to music, the parade will be led by the storied Cass Technical High School Marching Band and the Gabriel Brass Band. The procession will feature the Miami Bike Life motorcycle crew; members of the Detroit Vogue scene; Newsome’s NYC troop the Vogue Knights; Philadelphia LGBTQ rapper Kevin JZ Prodigy; the Detroit East Side Riders; and a King of Arms float, a customized Ford F150 truck wrapped in the artist’s imagery. Drawn to the city’s history and exciting future the artist remarked, “Detroit is a place that I find incredibly inspiring, it is a privilege to be invited to work in the city and partner with its community. Over time, the city has both prospered and suffered making it a poignant and challenging place to conduct the King of Arms mass processional performance and Shade Composition. At the core of these projects is my interest in highlighting performance practices and communities that I feel connected to personally while giving those who often feel silenced, a voice.”

Throughout the summer Newsome will be working in Detroit casting local performers and staging rehearsals for Shade Composition, the artist’s critically acclaimed performance artwork which concludes the DLECTRICITY festival at 8 p.m. on September 23rd at the Detroit Film Theaterlocated within the Detroit Institute of Arts. In this signature performance, the artist is both conductor and vocal choreographer leading an ensemble of locally cast self-identifying Black female performers whose individual voices and gestures are synthesized to form improvisatory orchestral music collaged with live video and audio mixed using hacked video game controllers. Costumes for the performers will be designed by Rick Owens.

Rashaad Newsome (b.1979) is known for his multi-faceted, visually dynamic projects utilizing dance, music, fashion, history, and technology. Engaging diverse and marginalized groups, the artist’s work explores the complexities of social power structures and questions of agency. Newsome has exhibited and performed in galleries, museums, institutions, and festivals worldwide, most notably at The Studio Museum in Harlem; The National Museum of African American History and Culture, Washington D.C.; The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Brooklyn Museum; MoMAPS1, New York; SFMOMA; New Orleans Museum of Art; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; The Garage Center for Contemporary Culture, Moscow; and Museum Startgalerie Arothek, Vienna.

Newsome’s work is in numerous public collections including the Studio Museum Harlem; The Whitney Museum of American Art; The Brooklyn Museum of Art; The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; The Los Angeles County Museum of Art; and The New Britain Museum of American Art. Newsome participated in the MoMA PS1 exhibition Greater New York (2011), and the Whitney Biennial (2010). Newsome’s honors and awards include the Rush Arts Gold Rush Award (2017), the Headlands Center for the Arts Visiting Artist Residency (2014), the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award (2011), an Urban Artist Initiative Individual Artist Grant (2010), and a Rema Hort Mann Foundation Visual Arts Grant (2009). In 2014 Newsome was a Woodward Lecturer at the College for Creative Studies, Detroit.

Rashaad Newsome’s participation in DLECTRICITY has been made possible by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

Rashaad Newsome was proposed as the 2017 DLECTRICITY artist-in-residence by HYPHEN, an artist management firm founded by Andrea Glimcher. HYPHEN is an advisor and advocate for artists, estates, and institutions.

For press inquiries please contact HYPHEN at reception@hyphenadvisory.com
212.396.2800 www.hyphenadvisory.com

Gary Schwartz Intergenerational Workshop Still Accepting Applicants

There is still space in DLECTRICITY artist Gary Schwartz’s 6-week intergenerational workshop, “Visual Storytelling Animation Workshop,” held on Saturdays from July 22-August 26. Participation is limited to 12 participants: six people (age 60+) and six people (age 13-21). Applicants must commit to every Saturday in order to participate. These workshops will be held at the Luella Hannan Memorial Foundation located at 4750 Woodward in Midtown Detroit. Participants will create an animated project based on the motto of Detroit ‘SPERAMUS MELIORA RESURGET CINERIBUS’ – We hope for better things; it will rise from the ashes. This project will explore differences in interpretation and perspective while facilitating student learning in kinetic typography, an animation technique mixing motion and text. The final animation will be projected on the Hannan building front windows for display to the community during Dlectricity, September 22 + 23, 2017. SIGN UP HERE!

MIDTOWN DETROIT, INC. ANNOUNCES RETURN OF DLECTRICITY AND UNVEILS 35 ARTISTS FOR DETROIT’S NIGHTTIME FESTIVAL OF ART AND LIGHT, SEPTEMBER 22-23, 2017

Download the full DLECTRICITY 2017 Press Release here!

MIDTOWN DETROIT, INC. ANNOUNCES RETURN OF DLECTRICITY AND UNVEILS 35 ARTISTS FOR DETROIT’S NIGHTTIME FESTIVAL OF ART AND LIGHT, SEPTEMBER 22-23, 2017

  • DTE Energy Foundation announced as presenting sponsor of DLECTRICITY
  • International, national and local artists to illuminate Midtown with new works of public art
  • New event footprint revealed with art installations spanning from the Detroit Institute of Arts to Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit
  • Light Bike Parade returns to light up Woodward

DETROIT (18 July 2017) – Midtown Detroit, Inc. (MDI) announced today details of DLECTRICITY 2017, the stunning nighttime outdoor festival of art and light with DTE Energy Foundation returning as the event’s presenting sponsor. DLECTRICITY, presented by DTE Energy Foundation, will showcase the work of 35 international, national and local artists who have been commissioned to illuminate the Woodward corridor with cutting-edge installations of light, video, performance, and other unexpected works of art on September 22-23, 2017, in Midtown Detroit from 7 p.m. to midnight. MDI also announced major funders and a new footprint for the event, spanning from the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) to the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD). A complete list of artists can be found here. Images are available here and a video is available here.

“We are incredibly grateful to DTE Energy Foundation for returning as the presenting sponsor of DLECTRICITY,” said Sue Mosey, Executive Director of MDI. “We are fortunate to have such tremendous corporate and foundation partners whose support makes it possible to bring these world-class artists and works to Midtown Detroit which has become an international arts destination.”

“The DTE Energy Foundation is committed to investing in and developing experiences that celebrate the arts and energy to bring people together,” said Faye Nelson, vice president, DTE Energy; board chair and president of the DTE Energy Foundation. “As presenting sponsor, our continued support of DLECTRICITY allows Detroiters and visitors from across the region to experience this unique arts and cultural event, and enjoy all that Midtown has to offer.”

The event features artists from Australia, the UK, Japan and Germany, as well as New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Portland, Baltimore, and Cleveland. Detroit’s own art community also will be well represented. The event is inspired by other international festivals known for bringing the best of contemporary light and technology-based arts to the streets of major cities like Paris, Sydney, Toronto, Minneapolis and New York.

“DLECTRICITY has bonded audiences in public spaces with art that has surprised, enlightened and awed us. It promotes art that is of the moment, yet speaks to timeless themes through new means,” said Benjamin Kennedy, Kresge Detroit Program managing director. “Within that context, we are particularly proud to support Midtown Detroit’s focus on recruiting and commissioning Detroit-based artists and artists of color, and elevating the legacy of the 1967 rebellion and other themes relevant to Detroit residents.”

“With arts and culture at its core, DLECTRICITY inspires connection and inclusivity, offering a unique chance to advance collisions between Detroit’s talented creative community and some of the most influential artists in the world,” said Katy Locker, program director for Detroit at the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Knight Foundation is supporting three high-caliber artists, including Rashaad Newsome, Pope.L and Apetechnology as part of the festival.
DLECTRICITY will host internationally acclaimed artists including Rashaad Newsome, Pope.L, Klip Collective, among others to the festival to show a range of high-quality light-based projects, video projections and more. Artists include:

  • Rashaad Newsome | Shade Composition Performance, King of Arms Procession, and a newly commissioned video | DIA
  • Pope.L | Reenactor | Video with Live Music Performances | Detroit Historical Museum
  • Klip Collective | The Librarian | 3D Video Mapping Projection | Detroit Public Library
  • Amanda Parer | Intrude | Inflatable Light Sculptures | Josephine F. Ford Sculpture Garden at the College for Creative Studies
  • Jennifer Steinkamp | Orbit 10 | Three Channel Video Projection | Michigan Science Center
  • Martin Creed | EVERYTHING IS GOING TO BE ALRIGHT | Neon Sculpture | MOCAD
  • Dawn of Man | Graffiti Grandma | Mobile Video Projection | Mobile Projection throughout Midtown
  • Apetechnology | The Shadows of Slendrotron (The Monkey God’s Great Leap) | Robotic Shadow Puppet Show | Detroit Institute of the Arts – Outside the Detroit Film Theatre
  • Cuppetelli + Mendoza | in::Sequence | Audiovisual Sculpture | Woodward/Warren Corner
  • D MET DESIGN | {The Amazing!} House of Fog: il Cinema Nebbioso | Architectural + Video Installation | “Electric Park” Family-Friendly Zone at the DIA
  • Michaela Mosher | PRIMETIME | Curated Video Art and Performance Show | The N’Namdi Center for Contemporary Art
  • Facing Change | Documenting DETROIT | A Documentary Photo Slideshow| The Wright Museum
  • Bluewater Technologies | LUMINARIA MAGNA – “GREAT LIGHT” | Large-Scale LED Wall and Sound Station | Woodward/Warren Corner

The 22 artists selected from the DLECTRICITY Open Call:

  • Kelley Bell | Baltimore, MD | Project: Wild Kingdom | Location: Meyer L. Prentis Cancer Center, 110 E Warren Ave, Detroit, MI 48201
  • Mayer + Empl | Munich, Germany | Project: Architectural Space Intervention | Location: Mike Kelly Mobile Homestead, MOCAD, 4454 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201
  • Philipp Artus | Berlin, Germany | Project: FLORA | Location: Kresge Court, Detroit Institute of Arts, 5200 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48202
  • Cooper Holoweski | Detroit, MI | Project: As Above, So Below | Location: Detroit Institute of Arts, 5200 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48202
  • Carrie Morris | Detroit, MI | Project: Interactive Shadow Puppet Circus Sideshow| Location: “Electric Park” at Detroit Institute of Arts, 5200 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48202
  • Arts & Scraps | Detroit, MI | Project: Arts & Scraps presents Light as a Shadow | Location: “Electric Park” at Detroit Institute of Arts, 5200 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48202
  • Laura Heit | Portland, OR | Project: Hypothetical Stars | Location: Detroit Institute of Arts, 5200 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48202
  • Jason Isaacs | Brooklyn, NY/UK | Project: The Black Love Project | Location: The Wright Museum, 315 E Warren Ave, Detroit, MI 48201
  • Aaron Jones & Wesley Taylor | Detroit, MI | Project: The Underground | Location: Rackham Building, 60 Farnsworth St, Detroit, MI 48202
  • Wire-Car Auto Workers Association of Detroit (WAWAD) | Detroit, MI | Project: Detroit Woodward Light Cruise | Location: Detroit Institute of Arts, 5200 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48202
  • Jake Chidester + Alisyn Malek | Detroit, MI | Project: The Expanded Seussian Arkestra | Location: The Rackham Building, 60 Farnsworth St, Detroit, MI 48202
  • FaShon Vega for Three13 Action Design | Detroit, MI | Project: STAR TOURS™ | Location: Mobile Roaming Performances in Midtown Detroit
  • Nikola Dicke | Germany | Project: Light-Graffiti | Location: Cathedral Church of St. Paul, 4800 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201
  • Akiko Nakayama | Japan | Project: Alive Painting | Location: Cathedral Church of St. Paul, 4800 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201
  • Gary Schwartz | Detroit, MI | Project: Speramus Meliora, Resurget Cineribus | Location: The Hannan House, 4750 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201
  • Luxloop | Los Angeles, CA | Project: If The Walls Had Eyes | Location: The Detroit Artists Market, 4719 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201
  • Sebastian Duncan-Portuondo, Angela Eastman + Maxime Robillard | Detroit, MI | Project: Every Side of Here: Searching for the Sacred | Location: First Congregational Church, 33 E Forest Ave, Detroit, MI 48201
  • E.S.P. TV | Brooklyn, NY | Project: You Don’t Say Much, Do You? (Detroit) | Location: MOCAD, 4454 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201
  • Jasmine Murrell | Brooklyn, NY | Project: Ancient Future / Immortal Uterus | Location: The N’Namdi Center for Contemporary Art, 52 E Forest, Detroit, MI 48201
  • Lauren Strohacker & Kendra Sollars | Arizona | Project: Animal Land: Detroit | Location: Garfield Lofts, 4600 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201
  • Zeynep Dagli | London | Project: Negotiation between Madness & Sanity | Location: MOCAD, 4454 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201
  • Jeffry Chiplis |Cleveland, OH | Project: Neon and Argon Repoetry | Location: The N’Namdi Center for Contemporary Art, 52 E Forest, Detroit, MI 48201

Produced by MDI, DLECTRICITY will feature a condensed event footprint from the DIA to MOCAD to create a more walkable experience. The event map is available here. DLECTRICITY debuted in 2012 and in its return in 2014, 150,000 people attended and over 3,400 cyclists participated in the signature Light Bike Parade, which is returning this year for an exciting ride through Midtown. Cyclists are invited to participate and encouraged to register in advance at: DLECTRICITY.com.

In addition to announcing DTE Energy Foundation as the presenting sponsor, MDI announced sponsors including: Knight Foundation, The Kresge Foundation, Midtown Detroit, Inc., The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, William Davidson Foundation, The National Endowment for the Arts, Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, Detroit Institute of Arts, Shinola, Marc A. Schwartz, Ford Motor Company Fund, Bluewater Technologies, Wayne State University (WSU), WSU Police, Cranbrook, The Plaza, Wheelhouse Detroit, Hyphen Advisory, Michigan CAT, Fox 2 Detroit and WDET 101.9 FM. As our official ridesharing partner, Lyft is offering 25% off a ride to DLECTRICITY using the code DL317.

DLECTRICITY is chaired by Marc Schwartz, Founder, Art Detroit Now. The DLECTRICITY Curatorial Committee, including Detroit-based curators and arts professionals, consists of George N’Namdi, Committee Chair and Owner, N’Namdi Center for Contemporary Art; Michelle Perron, Director, Office of Exhibitions & Public Programs, College for Creative Studies; Marsha Miro, Founder, MOCAD; Elysia Borowy-Reeder, Executive Director, MOCAD; Lawrence Baranski, Director of Public Programs, Detroit Institute of Arts; J. Fiona Ragheb – Curator, Designer, Writer; Chrisstina Hamilton, Director of Visitor’s Programs, Stamps School of Art & Design; Annmarie Borucki, Special Projects Manager, Midtown Detroit, Inc.; Alivia Zivich, Partner, What Pipeline Gallery; and Marc Schwartz.

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Annmarie Borucki, Midtown Detroit, Inc., 313-420-6003, 248-860-9351 (mobile), aborucki@midtowndetroitinc.org

Midtown Detroit, Inc. is a nonprofit planning and development organization that supports the physical maintenance and revitalization of the Midtown Detroit neighborhood, while working to enhance public awareness, appreciation and use of the district. Its predecessor organizations, the University Cultural Center Association (UCCA) and New Center Council, have been working to encourage new mixed income housing, increased visitorship to area attractions, new commercial activity, and infrastructure investments throughout the Midtown/New Center districts. More details here: http://midtowndetroitinc.org/who-we-are

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CFSEM sponsors DLECTRICITY

We are truly blessed with the level of philanthropic support we have for DLECTRICITY. Thanks to the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan (CFSEM) for their renewed support of this festival. CFSEM has been a long-term supporter and funder of Midtown Detroit, Inc. (the producer of DLECTRICITY) with the development of the Midtown Loop Greenway and our public space maintenance efforts, along with other important community development initiatives. We’re very proud of our partnership with CFSEM–our work would not be possible without their generous support!

MOCAD Youth Earn a Bike Program

We’re super happy to support the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit – MOCAD and their new summer “Youth Earn a Bike” program with Back Alley Bikes. It’s a weeklong program that teaches general maintenance, repairs, bike safety and ends with participants earning a bike, helmet, lock and backpack. To Apply: Map your ideal bike ride with a one page explanation, write a poem or make a video and send to Youth Program Producer Cam Brown at cbrown@mocadetroit.org by Friday, July 21, 2017 for consideration! Participants must be available for all workshops, the bike decorating workshop on September 16, 2017 and the DLECTRICITY light bike parade on September 22, 2017.