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LISTEN UP: WDET INTERVIEWS HAUTE TO DEATH, TAKEAWAYS FROM A DETROIT ART SHOW IN MANHATTAN

LISTEN UP: WDET INTERVIEWS HAUTE TO DEATH, TAKEAWAYS FROM A DETROIT ART SHOW IN MANHATTAN

WDET interviews Detroit artists and deejays Ash Nowak and Jon Dones, best known for their monthly Haute to Death party at the Temple Bar in Detroit. But the duo spent the last several weeks in New York City, where they curated an exhibition presented by PLAYGROUND DETROIT at the CultureFix gallery in Manhattan. Titled Emergency Nothing, the show featured a handful of established Detroit artists. Nowak and Dones spoke...
NEWS: $330 MILLION IN FUNDING DONATED TO ALLEVIATE DETROIT INSTITUTE OF ARTS PRESSURE TO SELL OFF ART

NEWS: $330 MILLION IN FUNDING DONATED TO ALLEVIATE DETROIT INSTITUTE OF ARTS PRESSURE TO SELL OFF ART

U.S. Chief District Judge Gerald Rosen announced today that several foundations have pledged a total of $330 million to help Detroit’s unpaid pensions and to further prevent the de-accessioning of the Detroit Institute of Arts. The Detroit Free Presscautions that “the pledges do not by themselves mean that pensions and DIA art are now beyond the reach...
WRITE-A-HOUSE RESIDENCY GIVES AUTHORS OPPORTUNITY TO REVITALIZE DETROIT NEIGHBORHOODS

WRITE-A-HOUSE RESIDENCY GIVES AUTHORS OPPORTUNITY TO REVITALIZE DETROIT NEIGHBORHOODS

Write-A-House is a new endeavor led by multi-faceted Detroit entrepreneur and novelist Toby Barlow to give homes to writers willing to relocate to Detroit that have been purchased  in Wayne County’s tax foreclosure auction. “It’s like a writer’s in residence program, but the writers get to keep the homes, forever.” A select few writers will be chosen by a committee is comprised...
DONATE NOW: THE HEIDELBERG PROJECT NEEDS YOUR SUPPORT TO FIGHT AGAINST STRING OF ARSON ATTACKS

DONATE NOW: THE HEIDELBERG PROJECT NEEDS YOUR SUPPORT TO FIGHT AGAINST STRING OF ARSON ATTACKS

World-famous Heidelberg Project needs your help.  Over the past six months, multiple arson fires have attacked the 27-year old public art initiative from Detroit artist and activist, Tyree Guyton. The buildings that remain now of the three-block neighborhood are the “Party Animal House,” covered with stuffed animals; the “People’s House,” a home covered with polka dots, and...
WHITE HOUSE OFFICIALS HEADING TO DETROIT TO DISCUSS AIDING CITY'S REVITALIZATION

WHITE HOUSE OFFICIALS HEADING TO DETROIT TO DISCUSS AIDING CITY’S REVITALIZATION

Obama administration officials have just announced that they will be heading to Detroit to discuss the city’s bankruptcy and how they can support and assist the city’s revitalization to restore it to a new modern-day Renaissance City. They are set to travel to Detroit on Sept. 27 to meet with community leaders, nonprofit executives and elected officials....
GOOGLE LOVES DETROIT: NEW MAPS APP COMMERCIAL SHOT IN DETROIT ROCK CITY

GOOGLE LOVES DETROIT: NEW MAPS APP COMMERCIAL SHOT IN DETROIT ROCK CITY

  Today Google has just announced the release of their update to Google Maps App. To show off it’s new tricks, Google took it out to Detroit for a spin! Instead of the typical blight shots and ‘ruin porn’ they focused on some of the city’s classic pit stops as well as some of the...
OPPORTUNITY DETROIT OPEN CALL: REDESIGNING DETROIT CONTEST WINNERS ANNOUNCED

OPPORTUNITY DETROIT OPEN CALL: REDESIGNING DETROIT CONTEST WINNERS ANNOUNCED

“From California to Pennsylvania, Australia to Vietnam, Detroit continues to inspire creative minds across the U.S. and around the world. …The Opportunity Detroit campaign invited Detroiters and citizens of the world to imagine the possibilities for one of downtown Detroit’s long-vacant, most significant pieces of real estate: the site of the old Hudson’s Department Store....
FLINT PUBLIC ART PROJECT SOON TO PRESENT ART FESTIVAL AT CHEVY-IN-THE-HOLE

FLINT PUBLIC ART PROJECT SOON TO PRESENT ART FESTIVAL AT CHEVY-IN-THE-HOLE

PLAYGROUND DETROIT is pleased to announce a special call for proposals for the Free City Public Art Festival. The presenting organization, Flint Public Art Project, is particularly interested in receiving proposals from the PLAYGROUND DETROIT community and has extended the deadline. This is a special extension which closes by Monday, March 11th at midnight. See...
DETROIT FUTURE CITY URBAN PLANNER TONI L. GRIFFIN SPEAKS AT COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY

DETROIT FUTURE CITY URBAN PLANNER TONI L. GRIFFIN SPEAKS AT COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY

In a small Columbia University speech hall, NY-based Toni L. Griffin, Director of Techinical Planning Team Urban Planning and Design for the American City, spoke to an almost full room about how she had been asked to come to Detroit to help figure out what to do the overwhelming amount of land not being utilized...
NEW YORK TIMES BLOG, THE LOCAL PROFILES PLAYGROUND DETROIT

NEW YORK TIMES BLOG, THE LOCAL PROFILES PLAYGROUND DETROIT

PLAYGROUND DETROIT has been profiled in The New York Times blog, The Local, “Putting New York Artists in a Detroit State of Mind.” You can read the full article below. We are so flattered they were in attendance for our Sausage Party event and to be written about along with our cohorts Solid Dudes Kitchen,...
FORMER NEW YORK TIMES WRITER CHARLIE LEDUFF RELEASES DETROIT: AN AMERICAN AUTOPSY

FORMER NEW YORK TIMES WRITER CHARLIE LEDUFF RELEASES DETROIT: AN AMERICAN AUTOPSY

According to Charlie LeDuff’s Twitter account, his most recent book DETROIT: An American Autopsy was released February 11th 2013, and it’s already receiving several reviews and news articles. Bill Shea writes: “As for Detroit, it works. No one book can tell the entire story of the city, and there’s no right way to do it. This...
NBC NIGHTLY NEWS FEATURES DETROIT SOUP AND THE EMPOWERMENT PLAN

NBC NIGHTLY NEWS FEATURES DETROIT SOUP AND THE EMPOWERMENT PLAN

NBC Nightly News features local Detroit superheroes Detroit Soup, The Empowerment Plan, and Ponyride as a part of their “Making a Difference” report. Ron Mott interviews Amy Kaherl, co-founder of Detroit Soup and Veronika Scott, a Detroit Soup Alum and winner of the program. Watch the four-part segment below. Veronika Scott on Ponyride and the...