He made it!

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On May 28, detroit contemporary owner Aaron Timlin set out to walk 700 miles from Detroit to New York City. And when he passed over the George Washington Bridge last Friday, he made it. Timlin walked for Got Art, a mentorship program pairing Detroit youths with Detroit artists. A few weeks ago, www.detroitcontemporary.com posted a letter Aaron wrote from a hotel in Pennsylvania. He mentions swarming flies, poison ivy, thunderstorms, water balloons, name-calling — and two toenails he fears he has lost forever. But we’ll let him tell the stories. Regarding his time in the big city, he says: "I will just walk around aimlessly until someone figures out what to do with me ... like put me on a plane back to Detroit." So although the fact that he made it to New York on foot is so amazing, it’s why he did it that is even more incredible. He believes that the best lessons learned are life-taught. When the people of detroit contemporary say they’re going to raise funds to work with the youth community, they mean it. Picture the results. Even better, envision the proud faces of young artists here in a modest city, who will learn better to persevere through their own life journeys. One person has traveled so far just to remind us that what’s truly remarkable is so near.

Good show, Aaron. Rebecca Mazzei is Metro Times arts and culture editor. Send comments to [email protected]

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