ROSSON CROW,  BELLE ISLE CONSERVATORY , 2018 | COURTESY OF LIBRARY STREET COLLECTIVE

ROSSON CROW, BELLE ISLE CONSERVATORY, 2018 | COURTESY OF LIBRARY STREET COLLECTIVE

 
 

Detroit Art Week
July 16 – 21, 2019
Sponsorship Proposal

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Thanks for taking the time to review this proposal. It’s an opportunity we are truly excited about. Olu & Company started Detroit Art Week to help establish Detroit as a global destination for contemporary art. We would be thrilled to have you participate in a new art movement in a city known for invention and reinvention.

 
 
 
 
LUCIA HIERRO   | © KATE GOWMAN

LUCIA HIERRO | © KATE GOWMAN

 
 

Inagural Edition

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Last year Detroit Art Week encapsulated the unique diversity of contemporary art and culture in Detroit, including 100+ artists, 32 participants, 19 exhibitions, eight events, six studio visits and five site visits/open studios.

We have recapped the week in over 100 pictures and 20 international pieces of media coverage.

 
 
 
 
TYREE GUYTON | © THE HEIDELBERG PROJECT

TYREE GUYTON | © THE HEIDELBERG PROJECT

 

Organic growth in an authentic community

 
Following the devastating recession, automotive bailouts, and crippling economy, Detroit had a chance to reconsider its purpose to the world. Like many major cities experiencing change, the catalyst is always art—and the artists that live there (or visit) to make it.

The immense growth in the Detroit Art community brought new life to the city that has manifested in new and growing small businesses, big businesses with belief in the culture, and culinary craftsmanship that makes Detroit an underdog to cheer for and a sought out destination for creatives.

Economic Development in Detroit

$26.1 million raised by New Economy Initiative (NEI) to focus on growing neighborhood businesses in Detroit, Hamtramck and Highland Park

3,883Creative Industry Establishments were Detroit-based in 2014

292Companies were launched in SE Michigan in 2017; 66% are based in the City of Detroit; 33% are Women & Minority-led

58.8%growth in Detroit Residential Construction permits between 2013 and 2017

13%growth in occupations of Arts, Design, Entertainment & Media Industries from 2013-17

8.3%growth in Accommodation and Food Service Industry over five-years
 
 
 
RED BULL ARTS DETROIT | © KATE GOWMAN

RED BULL ARTS DETROIT | © KATE GOWMAN

 
 

A Creative Class Emerges

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Detroit’s community of artists, designers, musicians, tech start ups and innovators make for an eclectic mix of people laying the foundation of what Detroit is and will become. Our influence reaches beyond the city, and with many curious about Detroit, the people creating opportunities and shaping the future, now is the time to invest in fresh ideas and limitless possibilities.

 
 
 
AMNA ASGHAR, TOUCH ME MINTO (HALO), 2016, ACRYLIC AND SCREEN PRINT ON CANVAS, 40 x 54 IN. COURTESY OF THE ARITST

AMNA ASGHAR, TOUCH ME MINTO (HALO), 2016, ACRYLIC AND SCREEN PRINT ON CANVAS, 40 x 54 IN. COURTESY OF THE ARITST

 
 

Schedule

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The second edition of Detroit Art Week has expanded to include five days of programming. DAW invites visitors and residents to attend any of the 36 exhibition openings, 14 studio visits, 13 performances, 7 panel discussions, as well as 11 special programs, featuring 150+ artists and community members. DAW is open to the public and includes both free and ticketed events.

 
 
 
 
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Almeda
Solange
Knowles

 
Directed and edited by Solange Knowles, Almeda is a 38-minute film that features all seventeen tracks of her latest studio album, When I Get Home. The never-before-seen extended version will premier as part of Detroit Art Week.

Almeda celebrates Houston’s contribution to Hip-Hop, particularly its chopped and screwed remix style and mixtapes by DJ Screw. The 17th track “Sound of Rain” is accompanied by a surreal, game-world animation akin to Second Life that features original artwork by visual artist Jacolby Satterwhite.

Solange premiered the original version of the film in nine local venues for members of the Black Houston community including her mother’s old hair salon; Unity National Bank, the only black-owned Texas banking institution; and Emancipation Gym the only public park open to African Americans in the Jim Crow era.
 
 
 
SHARK TOOF | © MICHELLE & CHRIS GERARD

SHARK TOOF | © MICHELLE & CHRIS GERARD

 
 

Inquiries

AMANI OLU
(212) 203-5570
(646) 330-1039
AMANI@OLUCOMPANY.COM