The lack of arts infrastructure, easiest seen in the music industry here, is what holds back our art industries from growing that include artists, administrators, art education students and local art organizations. Forward Arts was created to address this need.
Forward Arts also fills a void in local arts programming for Generation X’ers and Y’ers – both newcomers and Detroiters who have lived in the region for years. In order for Detroit to continue to attract and retain young adults, it must develop new pathways to support and cultivate opportunities for local artists to thrive – and for local audiences to enjoy our artists’ gifts. Forward Arts fills this void, in part, by providing community-building activities and events in which Detroit artists and the arts are a center-point for connection.