Access to Arts & Culture

From Detroit Techno to Afrofuturism, Detroit’s diverse creative scene has nurtured the city into a global beacon of arts, music and culture. But how inclusive and accessible is its cultural scene? In this topic, we’re looking at Access to the Arts & Culture.

Let’s examine the pulse of Detroit: How does the city’s boom and bust shape its vibrancy? How is art creating a more inclusive, supportive and active community? What infrastructure exists to establish global creative expression among struggling musicians and artists? How will the future of museums impact the consumption of cultural artifacts? What should a digital society meeting space look like for cultural workers, so that they can collaboratively discuss, design and experiment? Who should pay for it?

Let's playfully reinvent culture, test boundaries and impart knowledge. Together, we want to search for places of interest in the digital society, rethink artistic spaces and analyze how established cultural institutions, like libraries and museums, are frequented in Detroit. We are looking forward to multifaceted contributions from artists, cultural experts, representatives of cultural institutions and researchers.


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    Access to Arts & Culture
    The queer punk scene that emerged in the mid 1980s announced a departure from previous punk histories with an aggressive anti-racist, anti-homophobic, and anti-misogynistic position championed by LGBTQ+ youth. What began as a couple of scattered zines quickly swelled into a culture of bands, music labels, and festivals that united alienated queers under a gender-agnostic banner of DIY resistance. The workshop aims to harness the aspirations of this history through collective memory-work.