Riding through The New Center during Art Ride 2011.
Riding through The New Center during Art Ride 2011.

ArtRide 2014 | The Big 3 On 2 Wheels
w/ Detroit Opera House | Detroit Institute of Arts | Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Sponsors: Detroit Bicycle Festival 2013, Healthy Detroit, D:hive, Detroit Spoke, Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance, and Great Lakes Coffee Detroit
Media Sponsor: Mode Shift: Move Together

Part architectural history, part performance, and part art education, plus a creatively scenic bike ride to set the mood. We have what we consider some of the best art organizations in Detroit in-store for 2013. Executive Director Dominic Arellano, “We had been wanting to get these organizations together for a collaboration since before we launched in 2010, so this is a milestone for us.” Collaborating for a great event, each location will have it’s own special programming in store for ArtRiders.

>> The 2014 Tour Detroit Symphony Orchestra and their beautiful Orchestra Hall. We’ll tour of one of the most perfectly acoustic halls in the world, designed by renowned Detroit architect C. Howard Crane, who also designed Detroit landmarks Fox Theater, State Theater, and another one of ArtRide’s stops, Detroit Opera House. The tour will end with Detroit Symphony Orchestra member performance. The DSO has some of the best musicians in the world, and seeing one perform up close is truly a treat.

Next stop will take ArtRiders to Detroit Opera House, where a performance from the Michigan Opera Theatre’s Community Opera Program kicks it off. After, a tour of the beautiful Opera House, boasting the largest stage in Michigan. We’ll learn about the theatre’s history, including how 2013 Kresge Eminent Artist and opera world superstar David DiChiera re-started the Detroit Opera House in 1996.

The final bike stop will be at the Detroit Institute of Arts where DIA tour guides will lead ArtRiders on a tour their public art outside the DIA and on some of the College for Creative Studies property. ArtRiders will get access to some of the history of the art, artist, and site location.

Of course, we are very excited to be amongst the first few people to see “Gracehoper” by Tony Smith. The huge, iconic sculpture on the front lawn was just under conservation efforts by the museum and boasts a new paint job that took over 7 weeks to complete. The bookend of the event will have ArtRiders invited to enjoy the DIA’s new “Community Living Room” space, which will close the same weekend for the season and open back up in 2014.

>> Other Details The 2014 ArtRide committee is fitted with Detroit bike and arts community leaders including Detroit Spoke Director Erika Fulk, Detroit Greenways Coordinator at Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance, Todd Scott, local writer Jeri Stroupe, and Forward Arts Executive Director Dominic Arellano.

ArtRide will be sweeper and SAG-supported. The bike ride portion will be just under 10 miles, and will be at a leisurely pace. Parking is available in the DSO parking lot located on Parsons, or the south side of the DSO.

There are clearly bike and creative movements in Detroit, and both are growing. And Forward Arts is known for programming that includes unlooked for collaborations, unique event aspects and environments, and targets a younger demographic while remaining open to everybody. ArtRide will be taking place in 3-5 cities next year. The locations will be announced in early 2014. Onward and Upward!


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