ABOUT DETROIT ART WEEK
WHY DETROIT ART WEEK?
Detroit’s art scene lacks national and global visibility, threatening the long-term economic stability of the arts in the city. For the arts to flourish, galleries must meet new collectors; artists must show their work to new audiences; and institutions must form new connections with important patrons and donors.
EMERGING ARTS CAPITAL
Our objectives are to foster local collaborations, celebrate Detroit’s artist community and introduce the world to Detroit’s dynamic and vibrant art scene. By championing and promoting art made here, we hope to realize our vision of Detroit as a global center for visual art.
Detroit Art Week is uniquely designed to coalesce a diverse group of artists, galleries and institutions to showcase a living environment of Modern and Contemporary art in the city. Through a range of studio visits, exhibitions, site-specific installations, and public programs, as well as music, nightlife and culinary experiences, D.A.W. will be an event defined by Detroiters and unlike any other festival in the city.
We will work in the best interest of Detroit’s art community, producing a world-class visual arts festival that will make Detroiters proud and visitors eager to return year after year. The celebration of intergenerational and interdisciplinary art practices is integral to the success of D.A.W., and we will never lose sight of Detroit’s unique character and history.
Participation is free. It is not necessary to propose a project now. However, we believe that your participation is vital to the success of D.A.W., and we want you to be part of our inaugural event.
Taylor Aldridge, Cezanne Charles, Jennifer Junkermeier, Scott Hocking, Ingrid LaFleur, Laura Mott, Jason Murphy and Alison Wong.
ABOUT THE FOUNDER
Dubbed the “King of multi-tasking” by Anthony Haden-Guest in The Art Newspaper, Amani Olu is an entrepreneur, curator, artist and writer. He is the co-founder of Humble Arts Foundation, a 501c3 that supports and promotes new photography. From 2008 to 2012, he curated numerous exhibitions of contemporary photography, and spearheaded the four-part series Young Curators, New Ideas. In 2011, he joined Nadine Johnson & Associates as an art publicist for clients such as the Brant Foundation Art Study Center, Marlborough Chelsea, and the Dallas Art Fair. Eighteen months later, he was named managing editor of Whitewall, having previously contributed to the magazine articles on artists William Eggleston, Zoe Crosher, Elad Lassry, and Rashaad Newsome. He left in 2012 to establish Olu & Company, a business and marketing consultancy for clients at the intersection of art, culture and lifestyle. Olu makes art under the name "Scott Avery,” and is currently developing a visual cloud storage service for creative industries. He currently resides in the Metro Detroit area.