Local artists, Eastern Market brass, and festival organizers and sponsors have announced the return of the Murals in the Market art initiative. The upcoming event will feature live painting, tours, exhibitions, live music, and lectures as local and international artists paint up to 50 large murals within the Eastern Market area. The event runs September 15 through September 23.
Partnering with Eastern Market in the initiative is Detroit-based art publisher 1xRun, which focuses on new contemporary art and seeks out emerging and established artistic talent for its collections.
The selected artists hail from all over: California, Spain, Germany, and of course, Detroit. Among the 50 or so artists slated to paint are local favorites Tyree Guyton, creator of the Heidelberg Project, Pat Perry, and Sheefy McFly.
"We want to nourish the community, not just through food, but through art as well," said Eastern Market President Dan Carmody. "We want to encourage interaction with the arts."
Carmody hopes the continued addition of the murals throughout the Eastern Market area will encourage the public to explore and discover parts of the Market they hadn't experienced before.
"People are finding the market again, and all of the restaurants, businesses, projects, and infrastructure here," said Carmody.
He hopes the murals will remind the public of the historical significance of the Eastern Market to Detroit, which is especially relevant this year as the Market celebrates its 125th anniversary.
"The market brought marginalized people into the economy; you could rent a stall for $80 and sell your goods to people," said Carmody. "It's how many family fortunes were born."
The creation of murals in the area over the past several years has led to increased foot traffic and economic development, increased safety, and boosted the Market's overall visual appeal. It's also an avenue for celebrating the rich history and tradition of Detroit.
"The Eastern Market is a place where people are welcomed across the lines that typically separate us," said Carmody. "The arts bring us together."
Visit www.muralsinthemarket.com for additional information.