Showing posts with label Playground Detroit. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Playground Detroit. Show all posts

Friday, January 22, 2021

Hum & Glow of Winter Brings Art to Beacon Park

This week, Beacon Park welcomed back the art of Michael Polakowski for the season. The park showcased his art in the winter of 2020 as well, but now it is back on display with some fresh new pieces for 2021. The show is called "Hum & Glow of Winter" and it is presented by Playground Detroit along with DTE's Beacon Park. An illustrator and muralist, Polakowski's display depicts "various green-spaces and neighborhoods throughout Detroit through light and energy that can be felt throughout the winter season". You can get a sneak peek of the art that is on display here

"Hum & Glow of Winter" is on display now through the end of February. The installation is open to the public and free to view daily during park hours, which are 6 a.m. - 10 p.m. Beacon Park is located at 1903 Grand River Ave. in Detroit. To see more art from Polakowski, give him a follow on Facebook and Instagram


Friday, November 27, 2020

Here are 3 Ways to Support Detroit Artists this Weekend

Playground Detroit is Hosting an Artists Market On Small Businesses Saturday
This Small business Saturday, Playground Detroit will be opening a new temporary artist market that they have curated to help everyone shop local this season. The pop will feature 25+ artists and makers with limited, exclusive items and gifts! This will include books and magazines, gifts under $20 and $100, original artwork and limited edition prints, as well as apparel, accessories, home goods, baby, textiles, and more. The shop will be open to the public Thursday - Saturday from 12-7 p.m. and Sunday from 12-5p.m. The pop-up shop will be located at 1435 Farmer St., Detroit, MI 48226-2101. Metered parking is free on Friday/Saturday/Sunday, so do not worry about paying, just come shop! You can find out more and keep up with this event here.

Detroit Urban Craft Fair
The Detroit Urban Craft Fair is already in full swing. They have had 2 artists taking over their Instagram every day for a month and a half and the entire experience has been amazing. You can head over to anytime and shop 112 makers in the same space. Each maker has a bio, some have discount codes, and they all have something special to offer to shoppers looking for a unique gift. You can learn more and shop here.

Detroit Artists Market
The Detroit Artists Market is not canceled. They have taken everything online this year where you can shop a variety of one of the kind original works that were created by local Detroiters. You can learn more and shop their current selection here.


Monday, July 13, 2020

Playground Detroit Presents "Change of Plans"

Playground Detroit's latest gallery is called a Change of Plans, a scenario that we have become all too familiar with thanks to COVID-19. This interruption of our daily routine has caused distress for some, while it has been a period of growth for others. So Detroit artist Sidd Finch and illustrator Anna Orletski collaborated to capture this moment in time.

Together they have created a photo series that captures individual Detroiters' experiences during a time of global unrest. Their show will open on Thursday, July 30th and it will feature 80 photos of Detroiters that were taken between April 8th and June 9th, 2020, during the stay-at-home order. The photos have also been compiled into a book that will be available for purchase at the show. You can also pre-order Change of Plans the book here.

Jewell. Photo by Sidd Finch, Change of Plans series, 2020. 
Jax Anderson. Photo by Sidd Finch, Change of Plans series, 2020.
Motorkam, Photo by Sidd Finch, Change of Plans series, 2020.

This will be the first COVID-19 gallery that Playground has held so it will be a little different then what you are used to. If you would like to come to see the show, you will have to make an appointment. You can schedule your time to come through here. Playground Detroit asks that you wear a mask and keep at least 6 feet of space between you and everyone else while you are at the show.


Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Playground Detroit Brings Detroit Artists to Your Living Room Every Wednesday

Playground Detroit made a commitment to help support the artistic community of the city when they opened their doors in 2012. They have hosted galleries, helped connect artists with grants and funding and helped curate the next generation of talent. But a few weeks ago, COVID-19 abruptly shut their doors. Instead of going dark, they found a new way to virtually support the community and to share art and culture during the shutdown. They have uploaded all of their previous shows to their website so that you can look at them anytime that you want to. They have also started a new weekly Instagram series that will bring you up close and personal with some of the city's best artists. The first stream took place last week and it featured Ouizi. Each stream will feature a different artist, a different conversation or a different project in the making. You can tune in live on Wednesdays on Playground's IG at 5 p.m. So mark your calendars and get your weekly dose of Detroit art.


Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Leah Vernon is Unashamed

Have you ever heard of the body positivity movement? In 2012 the idea that you could, should, and would love yourself despite societies uninclusive and unrealistic standards began to surface across the internet. It was championed by plus-size model Tess Holiday and echoed through art and culture by icons like Lizzo and yoga enthusiast Jessamyn Stanley. The goal of the movement is to address unrealistic beauty standards and to build the confidence of oneself and others. This particular action is unique in that recognizes that size is just one of the many ways that our bodies are judged by others. Race, gender, sexual orientation, and ableness also play a big role in our discrimination and treatment of others.

I personally understand what size and gender discrimination feel like, but I've never had any real understanding of how race played into this equation until I read Leah Vernon's new book Unashamed: Musings of a Fat Black Muslim. Leah is an Insta famous blogger, model, and writer that has championed the body positivity movement by sharing her story with her followers through social media. She was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan and although we have very similar stories, we have had very different lives. We both grew up fat and loud in religious families that didn't accept us for who we were, but the world still treated us very differently. It was very interesting to learn more about how being Muslim and black affected her experience of being fat and loud. It was even more interesting to learn about her journey into self-acceptance and eventually self-celebration. I cried more than once while I was reading this because there were entire sections where I felt like she was taking the thoughts right out of my head and putting them on the page. It was refreshing to find out that another fat girl struggled with anorexia, bulimia, and self-hatred before realizing that it was all bullshit. It was empowering to find myself in her story while recognizing how different the world treats people based on their skin color and the religious coverings that they wear on their heads. 

If you are not familiar with Leah you should be following her here and if you want to learn more about being UNASHMED you should read her new book when it comes out on October 15th. You can purchase your pre-order copy on Amazon here. And, if you want to meet the woman in person you can head up to Playground Detroit for Leah's book party on October 19th. Her book will be available for purchase at the event. RSVP to keep up with all of the details here.


Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Playground Detroit Officially Opens its Doors this Saturday!

Playground Detroit is officially opening the doors to their new creative space this Saturday, November 25th. The Detroit based art agency has been connecting talent with unique opportunities since 2012, so this space was a long time coming. For their inaugural debut, they are hosting their first show called COMM[UNITY]. This showing will feature the works of over 30 local artists and is a great place to purchase a piece of art for someone this holiday season. Playground Detroit has already helped over 200 artists, but this new space literally opens a whole new door for them and what they can do. We would like to wish the boss ladies at Playground Detroit our sincerest congratulations, we look forward to keeping up with all the hip things that you do!

For a full list of artists in the show click here. To keep up with Playground Detroit and all the cool things they do click here.


Friday, September 2, 2016

Playground Detroit is Holding an Open Call for a Fall 2016 Artist Residency

Playground Detroit has teamed up with Ponyride to provide two artists residency in Detroit this Fall. One residency will go to a Detroit resident and one to a visiting artist. The winners of the residency will be provided with private live/work space and co-working area at Ponyride in Corktown, Detroit. The artists will be working with the community over six weeks before showcasing their work at the end of the residency. The deadline for applications is September 12th, the winners will be announced on the 23rd and the residency will start on October 15th. To learn more about Playground Detroit and this opportunity visit their website here.


Thursday, December 10, 2015

Playground Detroit Presents: Holiday Recess

This weekend Playground Detroit is bringing together lots of bands, people, and local companies to help out some of the Detroit Public Schools. For three years now the organization has hosted a holiday party to collect money, art supplies, and musical instruments for the schools. The event is called Holiday Recess and this year it will be happening on Saturday, December 12th.

The event will feature music, food, drinks and an awesome raffle. The lineup for the evening includes Red PillValley HushRacehorses Are ResourcesDTCHPLNES + DJ Todd Modes and DJ Ryan Spencer. In addition to the music, there will also be an art display featuring over 20 artist. Check out the full list here. For access to all of this it only costs $10, plus that will get you in on the raffle, and you'll get food and drinks! In addition to the price of admission, Playground Detroit is asking that you also bring some items to donate. Don't worry, we're sure you'll have at least some of the items laying around the house. They're asking for:

Free Materials:
Take-out Styrofoam items, Cardboard for sculpture, Toilet paper rolls

Construction paper, drawing paper, recycled paper, Drawing pencils, Elmers glue, hot glue sticks for cardboard sculptures, Tools. Paint, Acrylic, watercolor, palate knives, Pens, Pencils, Colored pencils, Erasers, Markers, Fine tip pens, Fabric, thread, needles for soft sculpture, book binding, Scrap materials such as buttons, Styrofoam, CDs to make mosaics etc., Rulers, Meter sticks, Measuring devices, Scissors, Wire, Masking tape, Papier mache mix, Microphones, Mic stands, Cords, Guitar picks, Headphones, Instruments, Accessories

The products and proceeds from the party will go to Central High School, Detroit Community High School and Detroit Experiencia Preparatory Academy.

Holiday Recess is happening this Saturday at the Detroit Pickle Factory, located on the city's east side at 2120 Bellvue St. For more information on this event and to get the inside scoop on those raffle prizes, head over to the Facebook event page here. To pick up your tickets in advance, click here.  


Thursday, April 23, 2015

Another Chance to See "N'kisi Concorde" Brought to You by Playground Detroit

A few weeks ago we told you about a film called N'kisi Concorde that was being shown at the Freep Film Festival. The film tells the story of two Detroit artists with huge art installations that the public can experience everyday. One of the artists is Dmytro Szylak, the man behind Hamtramck's Disneyland, and the other is Olayami Dabls of the African Bead Museum. Check out the trailer below.

Well, if you missed the Freep showing, you have a chance to check this film out again. Playground Detroit is hosting a private screening of N'kisi Concorde at The Carr Center in Detroit. This screening is part of a series being called Selections + Selectors. After the film there will be a conversation about art in the public space, with a panel featuring Olayami Dabls and other distinguished members of the Detroit art community. There will also be cocktails at the event, as well as music provided by DJ Lady Fantastic of Nothing Elegant.

Tickets for the Playground Detroit Screening of N'kisi Concorde are $15 at the door or you can get presale tickets here for $10. Doors are set to open at 6:30 p.m. with the film beginning at 7:30. The Carr Center is located at 311 E. Grand River in Detroit. For more information on this event click here. To learn more about N'kisi Concorde, check out our interview with the film's creators here.