DETROIT – (11 March 2015) – For 10 days in April, Midtown, Downtown and Eastern Market will come alive as the canvas for Art X Detroit: Kresge Arts Experience (AXD). Organizers announced today the programming and the nearly 40 Kresge Eminent Artists and Artist Fellows who will debut and share their works in the free, arts experience celebrating Detroit’s vibrant arts scene between April 9-26, 2015. Staged over three weekends (April 9-12, 16-19, 25-26) at nearly 20 venues throughout the city, the public is invited to experience an exciting collection of visual art installations, dance, musical and theatrical performances, film screenings, literary readings, and much more. AXD is presented by The Kresge Foundation and produced by Midtown Detroit, Inc. A complete list of artists and programming is available at ArtXDetroit.com.

“Art X Detroit will present work from our Kresge Eminent Artists and Kresge Artist Fellows – some of the most creative minds in metro Detroit – in the city’s remarkable collection of galleries, museums and presentation spaces,” said Rip Rapson, president and CEO of The Kresge Foundation. “We invite everyone to experience how art is uniquely able to bring us together as Detroiters.”

Since 2008, The Kresge Foundation has provided $3 million to honor more than 100 artists living and working in metro Detroit through its Kresge Eminent Artist and Artist Fellowship programs. The programs are administered by Kresge Arts in Detroit at the College for Creative Studies.

Returning for its third edition, the biennial AXD attracted over 15,000 visitors in 2013 as Detroit’s flourishing arts scene continues to generate excitement nationally and internationally.


This year’s event will feature the 2013 and 2014 Kresge Eminent Artists, Michigan Opera Theatre founder and acclaimed composer David DiChiera and iconic Detroit photographer and educator Bill Rauhauser, along with Kresge’s dance, music, film, theater, literary and visual artist fellows from 2013 and 2014.

Arts enthusiasts will experience new works and performances at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD), the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) and Detroit Film Theatre (DFT), the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra Music Box and other venues in Midtown’s Cultural Center. New venues for AXD include the Detroit Opera House, the Garden Theater, Cinema Detroit, Salt & Cedar and Trinosophes, to name a few.

The opening night of Art X Detroit is a free, open-to-the-public, multi-venue celebration on Thursday, April 9, 5:00 p.m. – 11 p.m. at MOCAD and the N’Namdi Center for Contemporary Art. The evening will open with a reading and lecture by cultural critic Lynne Tillman, and includes the opening of the ongoing AXD Visual Arts Exhibition, film screenings and live performances by AXD artists at MOCAD, N’Namdi, DIA Detroit Film Theatre and Detroit Symphony Orchestra Music Box.

AXD captures the creativity and imagination of the Kresge Eminent Artists and Fellows whose works will be on display, including:

"An Afternoon with David DiChiera & His Works” by 2013 Kresge Eminent Artist David DiChiera. Composer, educator and operatic impresario, DiChiera is the founder, music and general director of the Michigan Opera Theatre. Acclaimed for his opera Cyrano, DiChiera has presented operatic, dance and musical theatre productions in Detroit and throughout Michigan for over 40 years. AXD features a special presentation of select pieces from the works of DiChiera, with special guests, musicians and vocalists. The event will be presented with the entire audience seated on stage in An Afternoon with David DiChiera & His Works at the Detroit Opera House on Sunday, April 26, 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

“Selected Photographs: Bill Rauhauser” by 2014 Kresge Eminent Artist Bill Rauhauser. As an iconic Detroit photographer and educator, Rauhauser spent years photographing the streets and houses of Detroit and eventually joined the photography department at the College for Creative Studies, where he would teach for 30 years. Selected Photographs: Bill Rauhauser presents a selected display of some of Rauhauser’s celebrated photography providing a glimpse into works spanning the 1950s through the 1980s. It will be on exhibit at MOCAD throughout AXD.

“Juan Atkins Celebrates 35 Years of Techno” by Juan Atkins. As a producer and musician, Atkins is widely credited as one of the originators of Detroit techno music. This night of music will celebrate Atkins’ 35th anniversary as an electronic musician and the 30th anniversary of his label, MetroPlex Records. Atkins will present his 24-year-old daughter Milan Ariel, an “urban alternative” vocalist who fuses electronic music with hip-hop and R&B. A live music performance with Atkins providing techno sounds along with live musicians will be followed by a dance party. The night will feature a screening of a new short documentary about Atkins and his long history with Detroit techno. Saturday, April 25, 10:00 p.m.- 4:00 a.m., Garden Theater.

“McKinfolk: The New Beginning” by Gayelynn McKinney. Grammy-nominated Gayelynn McKinney will bring together internationally-renowned jazz greats like 2009 Kresge Eminent Artist Marcus Belgrave, Geri Allen, and Miche Braden to celebrate and perform the music of McKinney’s father, the legendary jazz pianist, composer and teacher Harold McKinney. Sunday, April 26, 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m., First Congregational Church, Sanctuary.

“A Live Scored Conversation with Detroit Legend Ed Love” by dream hampton. In an ongoing effort to honor storytellers and history keepers, writer, award-winning filmmaker, director, organizer, and cultural producer dream hampton will film an onsite live conversation between journalist Kim Heron and legendary Detroit jazz musician Ed Love. This interview will be scored by 5-piece ensemble McKinney Zone, and musically directed by Gayelynn McKinney. Sunday, April 26, 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., Trinosophes.

“World Space Party” by Daniel Land. Detroit’s official entry into the World Space Party— also known as Yuri’s Night, for the April 12th, 1961 anniversary of the first man in space — celebrates the past, present, and future of humans working together to defy gravity. Daniel Land’s multimedia exploration of the human reach beyond the Earth is linked to hundreds of nearly simultaneous events spanning all seven continents in dozens of countries. This immersive, educational, all-ages party experience presents cutting-edge narrative visuals, interactive exhibits, themed cocktails, live weblink to events in other cities, and an experimental musical set featuring Audra Kubat. Saturday, April 11, 9:00 p.m.-1:00 a.m., Michigan Science Center Planetarium, Rocket Ship Area.

“On Becoming [Unfukwitable]” by Sherina Rodriguez Sharpe. Sherina Rodriguez Sharpe is a writer, editor, and performer who uses art to transform, heal and forge new ground. Sharpe’s one-women show, On Becoming [Unfukwitable], will examine her molestation through the lens of each family member involved. Set to an explosive, live jazz score that blends jazz, opera and Filipino folk music, Sharpe will serve as the actor leading the audience through an exploration of these characters to demonstrate the beauty of the healing journey, showing that one does not have to be a sexual assault survivor to feel the effects. The audience is invited to come dressed as they’d like to be seen five years in the future. Saturday, April 25, 7:00p–9:00p Garden Theater.

“Detroit Visionary Fiction Generator” by adrienne maree brown. As a science fiction writer, adrienne maree brown’s work evolves at the intersection of emergence and complex sciences, science fiction and social justice. Detroit Visionary Fiction Generator will feature prominent science fiction writers alongside writing from social justice organizers and thinkers from Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction from Social Justice Movements, the recently published anthology that brown co-edited with Walidah Imarisha. The official Detroit release party for Octavia’s Brood, featuring local DJs and a host of micro-performances, will follow. Saturday, April 18, 8:00 p.m.–11:00 p.m. Garden Theater.

“From Here to There” by Kate Daughdrill. Kate Daughdrill’s ongoing installation provides an immersive space for quiet engagement with a holy water station, a station for letting go, plants, jars of food, herbal medicine, ceremonial objects, and a publication exploring the life and values of Burnside Farm, Daughdrill’s 8-lot urban farm on the east side of Detroit. The installation will be activated with a series of intimate activities, including a medicinal food and tea pairing, an aromatic encounter, an elixir making experience with students from the Boggs School, and a discussion about food sovereignty and urban farming in Detroit. Friday, April 17, 5:30 p.m.–8:00 p.m. MOCAD, Café, Side Parking Lot.

“The Flow of Water” by Carl Wilson. Decades spent as an inactive artist, autoworker, and repressed religious cult member are at the root of Carl Wilson’s creations. Traditionally a print artist, Wilson steps out of his comfort zone with the creation of a 2D animated short film, The Flow of Water. As a mixture of animation techniques including cut out, traditional, and digital, the film is intercut with live action and told in a surreal style with a non-linear narrative. Wilson’s work will be featured in an ongoing exhibit at MOCAD throughout AXD.



David DiChiera (2013)
Bill Rauhauser (2014)


Juan Atkins
Ben Hall
Kisma Jordan
Gayelynn McKinney
Stephen Nawara
New Music Detroit
Tracy Halloran Pearson
Britney Stoney


Diane Cheklich
Tony D’Annunzio
Donavan Glover
dream hampton
Leon Johnson
Daniel Land
Rola Nashef
Jasmine Rivera
Sherina Rodriguez Sharpe


Terry Blackhawk
adrienne maree brown
Arthur R. LaBrew
Cary Loren
Dunya Mikhail
Chace “Mic Write” Morris
Peregrine Workshop
Carolyn Walker
Michael Zadoorian


Jon Brumit
Coco Bruner
Jason E. Carter
Kate Daughdrill
Oren Goldenberg
Marie T. Hermann
Charlie O’Geen
bryant tillman
Carl Wilson

AXD partners include: Kresge Arts in Detroit, College for Creative Studies, Creative Many and MOCAD. Media partners include: WDET-FM, FOX 2, Metro Times and ZIPR Magazine.

For more information, visit www.ArtXDetroit.com or call (313) 420-6000.





Heather George, lovio george, 313-832-2210, hgeorge@loviogeorge.com
Bridget Burns, lovio george, 313-832-2210, bburns@loviogeorge.com


The Kresge Foundation is a $3 billion private, national foundation that works to expand opportunities in America’s cities through grant making and investing in arts and culture, education, environment, health, human services, and community development efforts in Detroit. In 2013, the Board of Trustees approved 316 awards totaling $122 million; $128 million was paid out to grantees over the course of the year. In addition, their Social Investment Practice made commitments totaling $17.7 million in 2013. For more information visit kresge.org.


Midtown Detroit, Inc (MDI) is a nonprofit planning and development agency charged with revitalization of Detroit's Woodward Corridor. Representing over 100 area stakeholders, including Detroit's anchor educational, medical and cultural institutions, MDI provides public space maintenance and security services; marketing support; technical assistance; infrastructure and real estate development; grant administration; and arts programming for the district.

Over the last decade, MDI and its predecessor organization, the University Cultural Center Association, have raised $56 million for a variety of initiatives including the Midtown Greenway Loop, restoration and conversion of six historic homes into a boutique hotel, the Woodward Avenue Streetscape Enhancement project, the creation of the Sugar Hill Arts District, the construction of two community gardens and a Green Alley, the renovation of many commercial facades throughout the district, and a matching grants security enhancement program for property and business owners. MDI has also facilitated funding for over 50 residential developments resulting in over 1800 new units of housing and has assisted over 100 local businesses with technical assistance and financing. MDI also manages Live Midtown, a successful initiative to increase population density through incentives to eligible anchor institution employees. Over 1,000 participants have taken advantage of the Live Midtown program to date.

Additional initiatives include a comprehensive communication and marketing campaign to increase awareness of Midtown’s numerous qualities, stimulate population growth, and attract new businesses to the area. MDI additionally promotes local cultural events including three signature events – Noel Night, DLECTRICITY, and Art X Detroit along with New Center Park summer entertainment.  For more information, visit midtowndetroitinc.org