MOCAD: January 2016 Supporter of the Month!

January 6, 2016 | 826 Blog Post

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Art education and public engagement are the center of life in the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit. This becomes apparent in the “living canvas” that is MOCAD’s ever-changing facade and the tremendous public programs led by museum staff, local artists, and teens from the Detroit community.

The Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit is alive, dynamic, and necessary—taking its role in asserting Detroit’s vigor and endurance seriously.

As such, 826michigan is pleased to publicly appreciate MOCAD and its support of our permanent expansion to Detroit by honoring the museum as our January 2016 Supporter of the Month.

With warmth and enthusiasm, MOCAD hosted 826michigan as we made the biggest announcement of our tenth anniversary year—we’ve signed a lease and, in just a few short months, the Detroit Robot Factory will be unveiled!

As an outgrowth of that affair, MOCAD will also host the upcoming show, Prints and Drawings by Dave Eggers February 5-April 24, 2016 inside Mike Kelly’s Mobile Homestead.

We are thrilled to announce this partnership between Dave Eggers and MOCAD and hope that you will join 826michigan and Dave Eggers to celebrate the unveiling of Dave’s 2-D artwork at the Mobile Homestead on Friday, February 5 from 6-8pm. It is a wonderful chance to experience the potent energy of MOCAD on-site and learn more about the ways the museum supports its hometown of Detroit.

Familiar with Dave’s history of community activism, as evidenced by his co-founding of 826 Valencia and other nonprofits and literary institutions, (Scholar Match and McSweeny’s), Prints and Drawings by Dave Eggers was a natural pairing for the Mobile Homestead’s current exhibition: Little Libraries: A Collision of Art, Literacy and Community. Little Libraries is a collection of thirteen Detroit Little Libraries created by local artists. As part of the Little Free Library movement, the Detroit Little Libraries and resulting Little Libraries exhibition aims to “provide access to printed materials that might otherwise be inaccessible.” 826michigan is proud to celebrate Dave Eggers artwork sharing such a space as we intimately benefit from Dave’s dedication to inspiring people, particularly children and youth, to write, read, and promote literacy.

Thank you, MOCAD for all that you do for 826michigan and the City of Detroit. We honor you as our Supporter of the Month!


Tibetan Spaniel drawing by Dave Eggers

Prints and Drawings by Dave Eggers
February 5 – April 24, 2016

Please join us for an opening reception with Dave Eggers on Friday, February 5, 2016 from 6 – 8pm in Mike Kelley’s Mobile Homestead at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit.



Little Libraries: A Collision of Art, Literacy and Community

On view January 15 – April 24, 2016

For Little Libraries: A Collision of Art, Literacy and Community, 13 miniature libraries created by Detroit artists will be installed inside Mike Kelley’s Mobile Homestead. This exhibition, curated by Detroit Little Libraries, aims to encourage reading and community cohesion in Detroit, while providing opportunities for visitors to interact with literary culture and the written word in engaging ways. As part of Little Free Library — the movement that has grown to over 30,000 The Mobile Homesteadaround the world — Detroit Little Libraries goal is to bring their unique artist designed libraries to neighborhoods in Detroit that, with no public library or bookstore, are in critical need of reading materials. Since 2014 Detroit Little Libraries has installed over one hundred Little Free Libraries throughout Detroit with the motto of “take a book, return a book,” it has provided access to printed material that might otherwise be inaccessible. An exciting series of programs will accompany the exhibition including readings by many local and national writers, including children’s storytime, artist talks, and book clubs.

Participating artists: Barbara Barefield, Loretta Bradfield, Mary Fortuna, Debora Grace, Jesse Kassel, Eno Laget, Kelly O’Hara, Nbubisi Okoye, Rashaun Rucker, John Sauve, Mitchell Schorr, Pam Shapiro, and Fatima Sow.

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