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WSU art galleries participate in Third Thursday initiative...


Pride Source, 12/4/13

"Detroit art scene shines every 3rd Thursday"
by Kate Opalewski

When a handful of Detroit gallery owners and Art Detroit Now came together to brainstorm, a monthly art event known as 3rd Thursday was the result. The goal is to showcase Detroit's expanding art scene and connect the diverse art community and businesses among the city neighborhoods, according to Art Detroit Now, an organization formed in 2006 by 11 leading members in Detroit's contemporary arts community. The organization also includes Wayne State University, College for Creative Studies, Cranbrook, Detroit Institute of Arts, N'Namdi Center for Contemporary Art, MOCAD and Oakland University



HOUR Detroit magazine, 3/6/13
"Art Detroit Now introduces Third Thursdays"
by Alana Walker

On the third Thursday in February, the doors of the Elaine L. Jacob Gallery were open, welcoming the public to get an early look at Wayne State University’s MFA Thesis Exhibition while taking a peek inside the artists’ studios at the James Pearson Duffy Department of Art and Art History. The gallery was just one of over 30 venues buzzing with a modest flow of patrons that night, which marked the inaugural Third Thursday. Developed by Art Detroit Now, Third Thursday is a special night each month when participating galleries and other venues in Detroit extend their hours to host special events.



Art Detroit Now Presents Third Thursday

25 Detroit art galleries, boutiques and cafes will stay open until 9pm, with special programs and activities on the Third Thursday of every month. Art Detroit Now presents Third Thursday, which will kick off on Thursday, February 21.
The initiative is yet another step to help showcase Detroit’s expanding art scene and connect the diverse art community and businesses among the city’s neighborhoods.

“Third Thursday is a simple idea, which is reflecting a bigger moment,” said Simone DeSousa, owner and director of Re:View Contemporary Gallery and See Art + Design. “We have a lot of interest from the outside directed to the arts in Detroit right now, and Third Thursday is an invitation for all who live in the area to actually come out and experience the richness of our art scene and engage in what is happening right here, on a regular basis, in a very accessible way.”

As DeSousa and other gallery owners noted, Detroit’s neighborhoods—such as, Downtown, Midtown, Eastern Market, North End and Corktown—are thought of as being separate. But when thinking about them on an urban geographic scale, these communities are close. “One Thursday evening can make a difference, as it offers that additional window of time to encounter that great art experience people cannot fit into their already busy weekend schedules,” said DeSousa.

Tom Pyrzewski, Director of Galleries at Wayne State University, added “Third Thursday is an opportunity for local venues to further organize the existing dialog between one another. With so many dedicated supporters of the arts in our community and so much going on, it’s considerate to offer a synchronized schedule of events every month. I think Third Thursdays will easily gain national and international exposure and bring more attention to our hardy art scene. It will also help out-of-state visitors to plan accordingly.”

All participating venues will stay open until 9pm on the Third Thursday of every month with special programming, artist talks, exhibitions and offerings.

Participating venues include: 555 gallery, The Carr Center, Cass Café, City Bird, CCS Center Galleries, Dell Pryor, Detroit Artists Market, N’Namdi Gallery, Germack Coffee Roasting, Heidelberg Project Offices, Henry Ford Community College, Hugh, Kunsthalle Detroit, Library Street Collective, Museum of New Art (MONA), Nest, Nora, Red Bull House of Art, Re:View Contemporary Gallery, Salt & Cedar, Scarab Club, See Art + Design, Signal-Return, Start Gallery, Whitdel, WSU Galleries.

For a complete list of participating venues and a schedule of activities, visit artdetroitnow.com or call 248.258.8808.

Third Thursday is organized by the Founders of Art Detroit Now, which includes College for Creative Studies, Cranbrook, Detroit Artists Market, DIA, G.R. N’Namdi Art Center, MOCAD, Oakland University and Wayne State University. For more information, please contact info@ArtDetroitNow.com.