On the 29th of January, the Art Alliance held “The pARTy”, their annual signature event and benefit, where they celebrated the extraordinary contributions of four amazing individuals and a foundation. We got a chance to interview them on what inspires them to do these things and the importance of arts to society.
Eating the Pig is a poem written by Donald Hall after a now-famous literary dinner party in which poets, artists and a future film maker all gathered around to eat a roasted pig in 1974. This exhibit shares pictures taken of that dinner as well as paintings and drawings by Sarah Innes, a local artist, who attended the dinner. Sarah’s paintings were inspired by both the dinner and her visit with Donald Hall in 2015 and lead to the making of the exhibit.
Last weekend, on October 8th and 9th, 40 film crews set out to create a film in 24 hours for the Ypsi 24 Hour Film Shootout. 25 of those completed films were chosen to be screened on Friday, October 14th and the winners of the contest were announced and given their awards. Creative Voice attended this event to talk with some of the filmmakers and see what they thought of the process.
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.