etroit ACE is partnering with community arts groups to present a new event, The Mind of a Muralist: Exploring Mural-Making in Metro Detroit at 2 p.m. Sunday, September 18 at the Marygrove Theatre on the Marygrove Conservancy campus, 8425 W McNichols Rd, Detroit, MI 48221.
The event, a panel discussion and performance, will explore the media, motivations and messaging behind mural-making in Metro Detroit with muralists Dr. Hubert Massey and Ijania Cortez and art historian Deborah Lubera Kawsky.
The panel discussion will address issues such as: the motivations behind mural-making, the role of murals to enact positive change in the community; and the importance of preserving/restoring murals as evidence of Detroit’s rich design legacy. Mural imagery by Dr. Massey, Cortez and Girard will document: the diversity of mural media; various processes and styles; achievement of fascinating visual and conceptual juxtapositions.
Rochelle Riley, Director of Arts and Culture for the City and head of the Detroit ACE Office, will introduce the event, which will begin with an inspiring performance by the Detroit Youth Choir, which featured Massey’s Power to the People mural in their 2020 music video “Glory.”
The event runs from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday September 18 at the Marygrove Conservancy Theatre. It is co-sponsored by the Marygrove Conservancy, Detroit ACE and Art Impact Connect and is an official part of the Detroit Month of Design festival, programmed by Detroit Design Core Detroit. Month of Design celebrates the city’s status as an UNESCO City of Design. The event is free, but registration is required via Eventbrite at: https://bit.ly/mindofamuralist.