First Midtown Art Fair in July to Support Artists with Disabilities

The free event will have artwork, food, and entertainment
DeRon Hudson Fall Circles 2022 - Midtown Art Fair
Abstract artist DeRon Hudson — who created the “Fall Circles” painting above — is among the artists participating in the Midtown Art Fair. // Image courtesy of Michigan Arts Access

There will be 40 different artists showcasing their work at the first Midtown Art Fair. Held in Detroit’s Cultural Center on July 17, the fair is hosted by Michigan Arts Access, a Detroit-based nonprofit that helps people with disabilities grow and excel through art.

The nonprofit aims for the fair — located on the corner of Kirby Street and John R Road — to be inclusive to people of all walks of life. Artists with disabilities will be among the many creatives showing their works, and all proceeds from the event will go toward funding Michigan Art Access’ programs for children, youth, and adults with disabilities.

“We are attempting to do something really special with this show by ensuring the inclusion of professional artists with disabilities. This is the only art fair we are aware of that has made this a priority,” says Michael Gielniak, executive director of Michigan Arts Access, in a press release. “We hope that artists and the general public will embrace the event and demonstrate their support for an inclusive society where all people deserve to participate in, learn through, excel in, and enjoy the arts.”

The Midtown Art Fair will also feature live music, entertainment, food trucks, activities for children, and more. Bruce Bailey, a DJ in Detroit’s underground house music scene, is scheduled to perform. And the fair will have a special Art Action Experience from Detroit visual artist Daniel Cascardo. Fairgoers will be able to help Cascardo paint a large mural in real time.

The Midtown Art Fair is the latest large initiative for Michigan Arts Access since the nonprofit launched its All Means All program last spring. The program works to raise visibility, develop careers, promote networking, and create jobs and opportunities for artists with disabilities.

Midtown Art Fair will be open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. There is no cost to attend.

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