Canfield Consortium in partnership with Sidewalk Detroit presented Detroit’s favorite street art festival, Sidewalk Festival 2023! The festival highlighted the work of over a dozen local artists (including works by Kresge Artists Fellows and Gild Award Recipients).
Artists immersed themselves the spacious East Canfield Art Park (4405 Lemay) surrounded by luscious flower gardens and community lots which were transformed into a platform for powerful performances, environmental and site-specific installations and all ages playscape. The art park and surrounding areas were transformed into three activity areas that kept residents engaged throughout the event.
Sidewalk Detroit practices a change-making approach to creative city-building that combines the vision of residents, strategy, and innovative artistic ideation to create engaging spaces that improve and celebrate life in communities across the city.
ART PARK STAGE:
Lufuki and Divine Providence
Lis Chere Thomas*
Emily Rogers* & My Detroit Players
Sophiyah E. & The S.O.L Tribe
Ali; 12:41; Adrienne (workshop)
The Finding Freedom: Cyanotype Workshop
Layali Ali + AME
Kim and Rhoda Theus of Canfield Consortium shared:
“We are delighted to be working with Sidewalk Detroit to bring the highly anticipated Sidewalk Festival to East Canfield Village. This collaborative effort aims to expand the idea of community development and the use of spaces to engage our community for positive outcomes— socially, economically, and culturally. As an organization, we have
successfully activated over 12 dormant land parcels in our neighborhood, and the transformation taking place in our community is truly inspiring. The Sidewalk Festival will serve as a vibrant celebration of Detroit neighborhoods, highlighting the resilience and spirit of our very own East Canfield Village.”