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Inaugural Art X Detroit festival to combine music, art, writers

  Detroit Industry” mural all will be part of the inaugural Art X Detroit festival next month. Announced today, the schedule for the five-day festival, which begins April 6, opens a window on the depth and diversity of artists, musicians and writers working in metro Detroit. The festival will feature the work of 38 Kresge Foundation artist fellows and eminent artists appearing at more than 40 separate events — all free of charge — from art exhibitions to music and dance performances, literary readings and panel discussions. The festival will be held in more than a dozen locations through the Midtown neighborhood. The Troy-based Kresge Foundation is sponsoring Art X. The foundation has poured millions into local arts and culture in recent years, including the creation of annual $25,000 individual artist fellowships and $50,000 eminent artist awards. A major exhibition of work by the visual arts fellows will be seen at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit through April 24. Elsewhere, musicians such as the rapper Invincible and experimental jazz-classical composer Joel Peterson will perform, poet Rachel Harkai and novelist Lynn Crawford will be featured in readings and a plethora of panel discussions will address topics such as environmental art, the role of the artist in the 21st Century and publishing new works. More at artxdetroit.com or detroitmidtown.com. Contact Mark Stryker: 313-222-6459 or mstryker@freepress.com