My latest trip to Detroit was a perfect combination of art, design, and social responsibility.
by Jennifer Ford
I have taken multiple trips to Detroit over the past four years, due to its relative accessibility to the small Midwestern town where I live. So when my latest international flight to Dubai was set to depart late in the day, I decided to dedicate it to a day of art exploration. Growing up so close to Detroit it was hard to avoid some of the tragic stories coming from the city, but in recent months the story of art in Detroit has been overwhelmingly positive. I decided to approach my day with the same rigorous schedule I use for cultural tourism research to gauge the different levels of the art economy. Institutional collections, independent art galleries, artist studios, and street art are always on my must-see list with a few fantastic meals in the mix!
On my latest research trip to Detroit, we took the corporate tour of the QuickenLoans properties. It might seem unbelievable to find beauty in a large corporate empire, and it’s real estate holdings, but we found inspiration, thoughtfulness, and a commitment to excellence and revitalization. I highly recommend this downtown tour for an in-depth look at city revitalization and philanthropy through business.
We were able to see the beautiful Interior Design studios of dPOP, a brand new chocolatier that opened in a formally abandoned bank building, and the creative and collaborative atmospheres of the QuickenLoans family of businesses (this is not sponsored).
Our itinerary is listed below, but as always the most memorable parts of my trip were completely unplanned. By wandering the streets, we hit on my favorite boutique, DetroitWick. For more on the beautiful contribution's owner, making great strides in his community see Bridget’s blog in Who to Know.
Advertised as a "Playground for Adults" Eastern Market did not disappoint with colorful murals, one of a kind food selections, and cutting edge restaurants.
This neighborhood-based art project is changing the landscape and nature of their community through art.
We always hope to create lasting relationships with other people in the art world and the dedicated and knowledgeable staff at Wasserman Projects spent time walking us through the ESTHER SHALEV-GERZ exhibition Space Between Time.
With a focus on Public Art Initiatives, the Library Street Collective and the adjoining Z Parking Garage was an inspiring site for the translation of street art into fine art.
I was first introduced to the Inner State Gallery last year at Scope in Miami Beach where I bought fantastic piece by Cryptik. The gallery was a fun and smart space featuring young artists.
This nonprofit arts center is a dynamic spot for resident artists to push the boundaries of art through creative exploration!
This traditional gallery space did not disappoint with an exhibition of Post-War Art.
Well crafted cocktails always signify a thoughtful menu and the libations at Standby did exactly that. This eatery is the epitome of Detroit cool, and we loved the vibe just as much as the dining experience.
We decided to go with an old school deli experience but fell in love with the owners who provide above average wages for their employees along with benefits and a retirement fund not typically seen in the restaurant industry.