While it is hard to think of a play or musical without a female character, in many instances, she is relegated to the voice of the romantic sidekick or the nagging mother. Diane Hill, a veteran of the Detroit-area theater community, having started the theatre program at Oakland Community College, and a member of Actor’s Equity who has performed in many of Michigan’s Equity Theaters, noticed this imbalance and wanted to make a change.
This week, artist residency recipients were announced at Detroit’s Ponyride and Ann Arbor’s University Musical Society (UMS) for 2015-2016.
Hospitals. Research facilities. Libraries. Intricate and innovative works of fine art proliferate throughout buildings on the University of Michigan campus, far beyond the traditional confines of the museums and galleries. For a campus of over 3,000 acres, it is a delight to be able to find paintings, sculptures and photographs in numerous buildings and workspaces, exposing a range of works from students, employees, regional and international artists to the university community.
Beginning on August 17th, you have the opportunity to vote for the 2015 Knight Arts Challenge People's Choice Award. The People's Choice Award winner will still be eligible for a challenge grant from the Knight Foundation. The four arts organizations are competing for a $20,000 prize.
Whether along one of the Great Lakes, any of the numerous inland lakes, or the Detroit Riverfront, it is an undeniable fact that Michiganders spend their summer by the water. Going Up North is a standard phrase, and an even more common occurrence, whether for a long weekend or a week’s vacation. These locations epitomize the summer goal of escape, of leaving one’s cares (and responsibilities) behind. Designing Summer: Objects of Escape at the Cranbrook Art Museum through August 30th traces the evolution of the modern concept of summer vacations in Michigan, and how many of the objects that contribute to this notion of leisure time have their roots in Michigan.
How to get or keep kids engaged in the arts during the summer months? That challenge is familiar to any parent or educator who competes with the Internet and video games. Thomas Pyrzewski, curator at Wayne State University’s Elaine L. Jacob Gallery, took matters into his own hands, bringing one-day-only arts workshops to seven recreation centers across Detroit, thus giving a sense of urgency and connectivity to these site-specific projects.
An assortment of cultural art, music and history will be taking over the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History as they present their annual African World Festival August 14-16. The festival, going into its 33rd year, is Detroit's largest ethnic celebration, attracting over 150,000 visitors on an annual basis.