Featuring ten exhibition pavilions, the Ann Arbor Art Center’s POP-X festival aims to add some creative, inspirational, and interactive art experiences for the public to enjoy. POP-X is a ten day festival that runs from September 22nd to October 1st that is free and open to the public.
University Musical Society (UMS) and Friends of the Ann Arbor Skatepark hosted the Falling Up and Getting Down event on Sunday at the Ann Arbor Skatepark. People were able to watch the melding of professional skateboarders and jazz musicians live as they showed how improvisation is used in creating unique styles for both artists and athletes.
Spearheaded by ARTLAB J, the festival provides an opportunity for performers to come together and share their experience with dance. From dance workshops, public performances, and the Dance Film Fest, both the public and participants could view the art of dance in multiple forms.
Four Detroit artists (Tyree Guyton, Olayami Dabis, Carlos Nielbock, and Bob Sestok) spoke at an open panel on how they got into art, their experiences, and their inspirations at the Shop Talk with The Social Club event. People from all walks of life got a chance to listen to these great artists in the open air, surrounded by the art of The Heidelberg Project.
The Sidewalk Festival featured artists performing pieces on the streets of Detroit. Dancers, musicians, and actors showcased their work and talents outdoors on non-traditional stages of alleyways and the street to make viewers think of the spaces they interact with daily in a different light.
International artists gathered in Ann Arbor, Michigan, for the inaugural M-Prize, which includes showcasing Winds, Strings and the unique “Open” categories. The first phase of the judging took place at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance, where the musicians were able to practice, perform and share their experiences with each other. One of the goals of the competition is to encourage musicians to become cultural entrepreneurs and explore new avenues for their art.
“conversation drives the world”
Competitive ethical discourse isn’t just for students (though, don’t get us wrong, it’s pretty great for them, too). At the ABC Microbrewery (a.k.a. Corner Brewery) in Ypsilanti, MI on Thursday night, teams of local teachers, program managers and web designers rapidly discussed and responded to ethical questions and topics ranging from trans access to sports to mental health to fat jokes. The event, presented by A2Ethics – which also organizes the Michigan High School Ethics Bowl - was an opportunity for participants and audience members alike to discuss and consider current and classic ethical questions in a social and jovial setting. Judges pondered the ethical perspectives and presentation styles, eventually awarding winning teams a cash prize and a trophy: the Philosopher’s Golden Sandal.
Check out Creative Voice’s coverage of A2Ethics’ Ypsilanti Ethics Slam including interviews with presenters, participants and judges.
“connect artists with communities”
On a recent evening at the Stone Chalet – a beautiful old church reimagined as an inn and event space – Great Lakes Performing Artist Associates presented one of their many talented local music ensembles. Carpe Diem String Quartet filled the hall with their rich sound and dynamic performance, an example of incredible talent presented in neighborhood venues. Check out Creative Voice’s coverage of this event to learn more about GLPAA’s mission of supporting and growing artists while simultaneously making live arts experiences accessible to all communities.
What happens when you mix luminaries, community and a healthy dose of Foolishness in Ann Arbor? FoolMoon of course. This annual event, produced by WonderFool Productions, took place at dusk on a bustling Friday night in downtown Ann Arbor. Starting at “constellation stations” around town, hundreds of community members paraded through neighborhoods with their own handmade luminaries to arrive at a roaring festival of light. From music by DJ Scout to illuminated hula hoops and musical instruments provided by the Ann Arbor District Library to lasers and videos projected on buildings, FoolMoon loudly celebrated April Fools and the arrival of spring.
The foolish weekend culminates on Sunday with FestiFools, featuring the colorful splashes of enormous street puppets from 4-5 p.m. in downtown Ann Arbor.
Museums aren’t just for seeing art, but making art as well. On Saturday, March 19th, artist Aimee Lee led a workshop on the art of making Hanji, Korean paper. Participants engaged in a hands-on activity while also learning the rich history and cultural significance of this unique art form. UMMA features a large collection of Korean artwork on display in the Woon-Hyung Lee and Korea Foundation Gallery of Korean Art and regularly offers workshops and opportunities for visitors to experience and learn about arts and culture in a variety of ways.