Sidewalk Detroit — a Detroit organization focused on improving the city’s neighborhoods and public spaces through creativity, arts, and culture — has curated a virtual and mobile performance series called Now:Future. Taking place every Friday from July 24 to Aug. 14, each week the series will present an hour-long, pop-up music performance from current and past winners of Kresge Artist Fellowships and Gilda Awards and film premiers from 2020 Kresge Fellows and Gilda Award Recipients.
The musical performances will be stationed in different Detroit neighborhoods where people can listen to live music from their porches, front yards, or from the comfort of their own homes through livestreams on Sidewalk Detroit and Kresge Arts in Detroit Facebook pages. The concert series will feature artists such as Rick Robinson, bassist and former Detroit Symphony Orchestra musician; Marion Hayden, Detroit jazz bassist; rhythm and blues singer Thornetta Davis; and singer, songwriter, and guitarist Britney Stoney.
Original online film premiers will also debut over the next month. The lineup includes Quarantine Chronicle, a dance film by Erika “Red” Stowall and filmmaker Julia Yezbick that is centered in the home, domesticity, and how the pandemic has affected daily routines. There will also be another film by Yezbick with dancer Marsae Mitchell called Reflect.Black.Times., as well as a video from performance art and theater group A Host of People.
Now:Future asks local artists to reflect on their experiences and the world around them as it relates to the current social, political, and personal landscape. “Now more than ever we need to put the perspective of artists at the forefront, as we encounter unprecedented hurdles and challenges in our public spaces, neighborhoods, and social spheres,” says Ryan Myers-Johnson, curator and founder of Sidewalk Detroit. “We know that artists are catalysts of new ways of seeing the world, living, and being.”
A full calendar of Now:Future events is set to be released next week. For more updates, visit sidewalkdetroit.com.