Something special happened in Detroit on Friday.
The artists community rallied.
On the steps of the DIA, artists from all over Metro Detroit gathered. It was a crowd full of illustrators and designers, sculptors, painters and finger painters. Artists of all ages and backgrounds. Coming from as far as Ann Arbor to show their support for an institution that has given each of us so much.
As a design studio just blocks from the DIA, it was a cause Skidmore could not ignore. And so, we organized a rally. We called on all of our colleagues and encouraged them to support the DIA:
- To show up on the steps Friday morning and make a stand.
- To assert their love of art. By making art. And giving it a way for free.
Free Art Friday Detroit Scavenger Hunt
On the day the artists rallied, more than 90 pieces of art were created and hidden throughout Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties as part of Free Art Friday Detroit. Each piece of art carried a hopeful message for the recipient: Art is for everyone. Vote yes on August 7th to save the Detroit Institute of Arts.
If we do, the DIA has promised a Free Art Monday, Free Art Tuesday, Free Art Wednesday, Free Art Thursday, Free Art Friday and Free Art Saturday.
Now, get to the polls! And spread the word!
What is Free Art Friday Detroit?
Free Art Friday Detroit (FAFDET) is a free art scavenger hunt that was brought to Detroit by Skidmore Studio in 2011. The mission of FAFDET is to promote creativity in the city, celebrate art in all its forms and encourage people to explore the great city of Detroit. Last Friday, FAFDET exploded with support from Detroit’s enthusiastic artists community.
For more information about FAFDET or to find clues to free art, visit facebook.com/FAFDET.
About the Millage Proposal
Voting for the proposed millage takes place August 7. The requested increase of 0.2 mils for 10 years and equates to approximately $15 per year for every $150,000 of a home’s fair market value. The increase is projected to raise $23 million annually.
For more information, visit artisforeveryone.org