In 2006, 11 individuals representing a cross-section of contemporary art interests in Metro-Detroit started meeting regularly to consider how our community might work together to increase awareness of the great art, artists and art venues in the Tri-County area. In six years, this ad hoc committee has established a mission, a long-term vision, and a record of accomplishments.

90+ organizations now collaborate on exhibitions, programs and events:

  • Detroit Gallery Week – The 6th Edition of Detroit Gallery Week kicks off September 27th – October 5th. Over 50 Detroit contemporary art galleries, non-profits and museums will participate, with special openings, lectures, studio visits and workshops.
  • Cooperative advertising programs, with venues sharing ad space in the New York Times, the Midwest Gallery Guide, and the Detroit Metro Times.
  • – a one stop link to metro-Detroit contemporary arts organizations.
  • Detroit Gallery Guide – Over 35,000 Guides listing the contemporary art spaces in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties have been distributed to art patrons and enthusiasts living in and visiting metro-Detroit. They are distributed free-of-charge in galleries, museums, restaurants and hotels.


Inspired by nighttime arts festivals from around the world, DLECTRICITY, Detroit’s new nighttime, contemporary light art festival, hosted 35 local, national and international artists whose cutting edge works of art and installations illuminated the historic architecture of Midtown on October 5 and 6, 2012. Produced by Midtown Detroit, Inc. and Art Detroit Now, an impressive selection of artists lit up Midtown Detroit and transformed the Woodward corridor into an illuminated urban spectacle for thousands of visitors of all ages during this free, two-night first-time event. The next DLECTRICITY is scheduled to happen in October of 2014

Founding Members

Michelle Peron, CCS Center Galleries
Gregory Wittkopp, Cranbrook Art Academy & Museum
Nancy Sizer, Detroit Artists Market
Becky Hart, Valerie Mercer & Stephanie James, Detroit Institute of Arts
George N’Namdi, George N’Namdi Gallery
Marsha Miro, MOCAD
Dick Goody, Oakland University Gallery
Susanne Hilberry, Susanne Hilberry Gallery
Lisa Gonzalez, Wayne State University Galleries
Marc Schwartz, Community Representative