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The Knight Arts program is now seeking grant opportunities in Detroit that can create transformational and sustainable change through artistic excellence and collective cultural experiences. If you’re interested in learning more about working with Knight in the arts, please email arts@knightfoundation.org.

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It is easy, in the context of the art world, to take art very seriously. To be sure, art is a mechanism for social critique and personal catharsis, and that can lead to dark and solemn places. But there is a refreshing feeling to art, which is taking fun seriously. That spirit is alive and […]

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By Mary Chapman, Detroit-based freelance writer The Knight Arts Challenge Detroit is now accepting applications for the best local ideas for the arts. Here, writer Mary Chapman catches up with past winner Mitch McEwen. Many areas of Detroit, including downtown and Midtown, are flourishing. New eateries and other businesses are opening at a pace unseen in decades. Excitement […]

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When it comes to artist Megan Heeres, collaboration is the name of the game. Whether she’s rigging a local bell tower to light up in reaction to the movements of the DLECTRICITY 2014 festival attendees milling beneath it, or driving into the community with her self-made mobile paper station, Heeres consciously leverages her art making […]

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The Abreact Performance Space is hosting a performance of Tennessee Williams’ play, “The Glass Menagerie,” presented by Puzzle Piece Theatre. The play, which first premiered onstage in 1944, eventually launching Williams to great success, is a “memory play” dealing with characters drawn from Williams’ real-life family history. The action is framed by narration through Williams’ […]

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By Julie Edgar, Detroit-based freelance writer Staging Shakespeare is a challenge for the most serious of thespians, but somehow you know the teenagers of the Mosaic Youth Theatre in Detroit are going to nail it. Quip by quip, observation by observation, the young actors showed their considerable chops during a lively, sometimes noisy, read-through on […]

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By Julie Edgar, Detroit-based freelance writer The Knight Arts Challenge Detroit is now accepting applications for the best local ideas for the arts. Here, writer Julie Edgar catches up with past winner Broadside Press. Amid the social upheaval of the 1960s, when protests were brutally quashed, Detroit’s Broadside Press was quietly turning out the works […]

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Detroit artist, teacher and curatorial champion Andrew “Andy T” Thompson continues his streak of outstanding feats of curating with “Place Names the Place,” a group show that “confronts locational identity vis-a-vis personal experience and memory of place.” The show opened at Eastern Michigan University’s University Gallery, directed by Greg Tom, and will run through April […]

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By Mary M. Chapman From video art that shines a light on darkened city streets to an arts incubator and Hip-Hop Mardi Gras Parade, Detroiters have dreamed big, submitting fresh ideas to the Knight Arts Challenge. With those projects taking shape in the city’s neighborhoods, the community-wide contest is now open for the third time […]

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Over the weekend of March 7-8, Power House Productions and The Hinterlands (both Knight Arts grantees) co-hosted the first weekend of performances at Play House, a newly completed performance space on the Detroit/Hamtramck border. The inaugural production was “Total Verrückt,” a one-woman show starring actress Joanna Caplan from the Double Edge Theatre Company in rural Massachusetts. […]

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On March 16, Knight Arts Challenge winner Ara Topouzian will debut a new documentary on the history of Armenian Music in Detroit, to be shown both on Detroit Public Television and via livestream online. Here, Topouzian talks about the challenges of documenting traditional music. One of the greatest challenges of creating a documentary on Armenian […]

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