Can you believe that the 4th annual Murals in the Market is less than one week away? We at J’adore Detroit are SO excited.
According to the website, MuralsInTheMarket.com, “Murals in the Market is more than an international mural festival, it’s a creative platform that inspires and encourages community engagement using public art as a vessel.”
Murals in the Market is a collaborative festival that incorporates mural creation with fun activities such as dinners, block parties, meet and greets, panel discussions, and nighttime festivities. It’s based in Eastern Market and runs from September 13th to the 22nd. Murals in the Market will include 10 days of art creation, bringing both national and international artists to the city of Detroit for this event.
In an attempt to beautify Eastern Market, Murals in the Market has brought traffic to the lesser known parts of the city, including businesses and areas that have gone relatively unseen. The Smithsonian named Murals in the Market "one of the top mural festivals in the world".
According to the festival website, this year’s festival is presented by and/or supported by “the William Davidson Foundation,the Knight Foundation, 1xRUN, Eastern Market Corporation, Ralph C. Wilson Foundation, Quicken Loans, Montana Cans, Motor City Paint, Detroit Lions, Brooklyn Outdoor, Detroit Hustlers Harder, Paxahau, Green Living Science, Faygo, Community Push, Our Issue, Utopia Gardens, Southern Wine and Spirits, Motor City Brewing Works, ACLU, Community Push, Detroit Lions, Airea, Haworth, MEDC, DEQ Magazine, Fenner, Melstrom and Dooling, and Inside/Out.”
This year, Murals in the Market is going to be bigger and better, with much more for the public to do. Here is a list of some different Murals in the Market events:
September 12th at 6 pm: Murals in the Market Artists Welcome BBQJoin us at 1xRun’s new home, just east of Eastern Market, for a backyard barbecue! This event will serve as a warm welcome for this year’s participating artists, and it’s a great opportunity to chill, have a hot dog and a beer, and listen to music provided by 1xRun CEO, Jesse Cory. It’s a nice preparation for all of the exciting events to follow!
For the exact address of the event and more information, check out the Welcome Back BBQ event page.
September 13th at 9:30 pm: Artist Meet and Greet
Mingle with the 2018 Murals in the Market crew and artists with a patio cocktail reception at Bakersfield Detroit! This is your chance to interact with those that are making the magic happen for this year’s event, and it’s the perfect little kickoff for the next 9 days.
September 14th at 7 pm: Opening Party and Print Show Opening
This event is your chance to take Murals in the Market home with you... well, sorta! From 7pm to 11 pm, 1xRun will be showcasing some of the participating muralist’s artwork, and there will be signed, limited edition art prints available for purchase. This event takes place at 1550 Winder, right in Eastern Market, it’s free, and all ages are welcome! There will also be music provided by Music provided by Chuck Flask (Paxahau) and photographer Ricky Powell.
- September 15th at 10 am: Murals in the Market and Green Living Science Kid's Workshop
Murals in the Market is teaming up with Green Living Science to provide a hands-on, creative art project for kids! This event takes place at Eastern Market Shed 3 and runs until 3 pm. Full event info is on the event’s Facebook page
Green Living Science’s mission is to teach children about waste and recycling, and Murals in the Market is very excited to work with an organization with such important values.
- September 15th at 5 pm: Murals in the Market Family Reunion Block Party
This is the event you DO NOT want to miss. 1xRun, Detroit Hustles Harder, The Crofoot, and Paxahau are presenting the Family Block Party, an all ages, family-friendly block party featuring artists such as DJ Jazzy Jeff, DJ Dez Andres, Midnight Magic, and more! The event will mix musical and visual art, with activations featuring Trae Isaac, Clifton Perry, Armageddon Beach Party, Detroit Electronic Quarterly, and more. There will also be plenty of food trucks, bars, and other vendors. The event takes place in the heart of the Market, at Division Street between Orleans and St. Aubin, and it runs as late as 2 am.
Presale tickets are currently available on See Tickets
- September 16th at 3 pm: Our Issue: Public Art and Combatting Sexual Violence in Detroit
This panel will feature Our Issue mural artist, Sydney G. James and Detroit community leaders to discuss combatting sexual assault in the city/community, and how art will play a role in that fight. Speakers will include:
Kalimah Johnson, the Executive Director of the Sasha Center
Kim Hurst, Executive Director of Wayne County Safe
Sydney G. James, Artist/Murals in the Market alum
The event takes place at 1550 Winder. More info is here.
- ALSO September 16th at 6 PM: Sunday Funday at the Detroit Shipyard
DJ Bleek will be providing the music for this event as you enjoy art, food, and drinks at the Detroit Shipyard. Murals in the Market crew members and artists will also be in attendance—it’s the perfect opportunity to have an interesting conversation.
For more info about the Detroit Shipping Co., the Shipyard, and more, visit the event’s Facebook page
September 17th at 9 pm: Lincoln Street Art Park Bonfire
The Murals in the Market crew is back for more good times and good conversations for a bonfire at the Lincoln Street Art Park. This should be a chill event, accompanied by some great tunes. The event runs until midnight.
September 18th at 9 pm: Murals in the Market Drinks with the CrewThe MITM crew and artists will be celebrating at Hamtramck’s coolest new bar, The High Dive! Fun fact, the bar is owned by MITM alum SharkToof. With music curated by Jefferson Davidson, it should be a good time. Click here for the address and other info.
- September 19th at 6 pm: Community Push Skate Activation Kickoff
During the week of Murals in the Market, Community Push director Derrick Dykas and his team are building an entire skatepark in the alley behind the Red Bull House of Art, which will be open to the public during the week of the fest. It’ll truly be a sight to see. Come check it out and learn more.
- September 20th at 6 pm: Eastern Market After Dark/Murals in the Market Closing Party
The closing party of this year’s Murals in the Market festival will coincide with the Detroit Design Festival's Eastern Market After Dark.
Enjoy sounds by DJs Haylo and LadyMonix while you enjoy the works of this year’s artists. Also, cocktails by Southern Wine and Spirits are available for you to enjoy. Murals in the Market swag by Detroit Hustlers Harder and signed artists’ prints will be available to purchase as well! End Murals in the Market the right way.
- September 22nd at 12 pm: Murals in the Market Presents Citywide Poets
Murals in the Market will be collaborating with with InsideOut Literary Arts Project to present performances by award-winning young poet collective Citywide Poets. Six unique, young poets will read their poems in front of different murals throughout Eastern Market, combining visual art with the art of spoken word.
According to the event’s Facebook page, “Citywide Poets is a program by InsideOut Literary Arts, a nationally recognized hub of creativity for K-12 students in Detroit who are curious about exploring their worlds through the power of poetry.”
There will also be a series of walking tours on September 22nd and 29th to showcase all of the Eastern Market murals. It’s a chance for the public to learn more about the murals, the artists, the festival, and the market. The tour takes place at the festival HQ at 1550 Winder. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Cameras are permitted, but crediting artists when posting pictures is strongly encouraged.
We know that MITM really amped up the events this year. If you can't make all of them, we really suggest you make it out to a few, especially the Family Reunion Block Party, which is all new this year.
J'adore Detroit is proud to call Eastern Market home. Let's celebrate it together.
See you next week ;)