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November 3, 2016

Fans of the 826Michigan franchise may have felt a little like Charlie from Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, wondering when the long-anticipated Detroit Robot Factory would officially begin operations. Fear not, friends of fiction (and nonfiction!), the time is near! 826Michigan will soon open the doors on its Detroit location (after a ribbon-cutting and soft opening that celebrated the completion of construction on October 5th), with the downstairs storefront open for business on December 3rd, and regular drop-in tutoring hours beginning in January 2017. As soon as this month, the freshly-renovated space located at 1351 Winder Street in Detroit’s Eastern Market will begin hosting its first field trips.

November 2, 2016

Before the first snow falls and the days get dark, mark your calendars for some of the events that shouldn't be missed this November—and make sure that you have signed up to receive The Source each week in your inbox, where you will receive updates on additional programs, and a more comprehensive dive into our region's cultural scence. 

October 26, 2016

What is it about photographers and their affinity for the dark? 

October 19, 2016

Though the University of Michigan’s Penny Stamps Distinguished Speaker series—which spotlights cutting edge contemporary artists of all stripes, from across the globe, on Thursdays at Ann Arbor’s Michigan Theater—has grown in popularity and esteem for more than a decade, it’s still tough to put together a lineup each fall and winter semester.

October 17, 2016

Street art has experienced a crossover into fine art in recent decades, transforming its image as a form of criminal vandalism to one of public self-expression, able to access audiences outside the formal setting of museum and gallery. Detroit has, of late, been courting some of the artists who, having made their names on the street, been embraced by these very same institutions. Blockbuster branding artist Shepard Fairey came to visit in May of last year as the invited guest muralist for one of Dan Gilbert’s many downtown buildings—and found himself in some legal hot water for leaving some unsanctioned works around town—an ironic statement on the crucial nature of context if ever there was one. 

October 14, 2016

The University Musical Society (UMS) announces their 2016-17 inaugural UMS Wallace Blogging Fellows—Adam DesJardinis and Marissa Kurtzhals—who will serve as curators making monthly recommendations about events throughout Southeast Michigan. 

CultureSource will share excerpts from these posts, which highlight adventurous arts and culture experiences in our region. 

October 6, 2016

Straight from The Source, a regular interview series taking you behind-the-scenes to Southeast Michigan’s cultural destinations to hear from the curators, programmers, leaders, doers and makers.

October 5, 2016

It's time for haunted houses, ghouls and goblins. For bite-size Reese's, Snickers and candy corn. And for creepy movies, costume contests and events for all ages that turn Halloween from an evening event to a month-long celebration of all things spooky and sweet.

October 5, 2016

In the midst of a busy fall arts season, it is hard to keep track of the plethora of performances, exhibits, lectures and events planned by all of our CultureSource members. Mark your calendars now for some of the events that shouldn't be missed, and make sure that you have signed up to receive The Source each week in your inbox, where you will receive updates on additional programs, and a more comprehensive dive into our region's cultural scene.

September 27, 2016

In a city as vast and culturally diverse as Detroit, addressing issues of fair representation can be daunting. But for the organizers of Facing Change: Documenting Detroit, the solution could not be simpler—mentor a cohort of local emerging photographers and encourage them to capture their own view of the city. On Friday, September 23rd, the Detroit Institute of Arts co-hosted a screening of works by the 21 photographers from the weeklong 2016 Spring Fellowship program, sharing these multivaried perspectives against the backdrop of one of the city's storied institutions.