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ART X DETROIT RETURNS TO MIDTOWN THIS APRIL

 

SIGNATURE MIDTOWN ARTS EVENT EXPANDS TO 10 DAYS OVER 3 WEEKS AND ADDS CULTURAL VENUES IN DOWNTOWN AND EASTERN MARKET

DETROIT, MI – 17 FEBRUARY 2015 – Art X Detroit: Kresge Arts Experience (AXD) will take over Midtown Detroit this spring as the free, 10-day arts experience celebrates Detroit’s arts scene for three weekends, beginning April 9 and continuing through April 26 (April 9-12, 16-19, and 25-26). The third edition of AXD will feature an exciting collection of dance, literary, musical and theatrical performances, film screenings, visual arts installations, workshops, panel discussions and interactive experiences created by the 2013-2014 Kresge Eminent Artists and Artist Fellows. Their works will debut at nearly 20 cultural venues in the vibrant Midtown district—and new this year, venues in Downtown and Eastern Market. AXD is presented by The Kresge Foundation and produced by Midtown Detroit, Inc. (MDI).

"Art X Detroit is a unique opportunity to celebrate arts, creativity and community through the work of the Kresge Artist Fellows and Eminent Artists. In cultural hubs along Woodward Avenue from Midtown to downtown and in the unique spaces in between, Art X will show the world – once again – that Detroit is rich in its artists and that this community values the fruits of their craft,” said Rip Rapson, president & CEO of The Kresge Foundation.

The biennial AXD attracted thousands in 2013 as Detroit’s flourishing arts scene continues to generate excitement nationally and internationally. A complete listing of AXD artists and programming will be announced in the coming weeks.

“We are extremely grateful for The Kresge Foundation’s unprecedented support of the arts in Detroit, which makes experiences such as Art X Detroit possible,” said Sue Mosey, president of Midtown Detroit, Inc. “The expanded festival programming and footprint speaks to the commitment of Kresge to bring the arts to our city and will showcase this cadre of artists, many whom are committed to making a difference within their communities.”

Attendees 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, the College for Creative Studies and other venues in Midtown’s Cultural Center. New venues for this year include the Detroit Opera House, the Garden Theater, Cass City Cinema, Salt & Cedar and Trinosophes, to name a few.

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.

 

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PRESS CONTACTS:

Heather George, lovio george, 313-832-2210, hgeorge@loviogeorge.com
Annmarie Borucki, Midtown Detroit, Inc., 313-420-6003, aborucki@midtowndetroitinc.org

 

ABOUT THE KRESGE FOUNDATION

The Kresge Foundation is a $3 billion private, national foundation that works to expand opportunities in America’s cities through grantmaking 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 .

 

ABOUT MIDTOWN DETROIT, INC.

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 .