Now through September 23, join Eastern Market for the second annual Murals in the Market (MITM), a 10-day event showcasing more than 50 local and international muralists as they perform live paintings on various buildings and alleyways in the area.
Located at 2934 Russell St., watch as artists breathe new life into historic buildings and corridors, covering every surface with colorful depictions and artistic displays. Stick around for various events like Slow Roll, walking tours, and Eastern Market After Dark.
An Artistic Flare
Now in the second year of production, MITM welcomes new and exciting talents to the stage, including a special installation of Detroit-based artists. Be sure to look out for some local legends, like Tyree Guyton, the mastermind behind the Heidelberg Project. For a full list of mural locations, along with the artists that accompany them, check out the Murals in the Market website for a map and schedule of the festival.
This year, MITM hosts over 20 free events, further encouraging their mission of “feet on the street.” Take time to attend these events that showcase the newly added murals and revitalized downtown life of Eastern Market. We’ve highlighted a few that we’re especially excited about!
Murals in the Market Walking Tours
Get your feet on the street with Murals in the Market Walking Tours, showcasing a behind-the-scenes look at the MITM festival. Participants will enjoy a more personal view of the newly added murals along with a chance to hear from the artists themselves. This 1.5-hour walking tour is free but advanced registration is needed to secure your spot; RSVP here. The tour is set for Wednesday, September 21 from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Eastern Market After Dark
As part of the 2016 Detroit Design Festival program, the 6th annual Eastern Market After Dark returns with interactive experiences and brand activations from Detroit’s up-and-coming designers. The event takes place in the Eastern Market Sheds on Thursday, September 22 from 7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. Check out the Facebook event for more information.
Be sure to check out the grand finale on Saturday, September 24 from 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. as Eastern Market reveals the finished murals.
Murals in the Market is much more than a 10-day street art festival: It represents an ongoing theme in the revitalization of Detroit. Art plays an important role in a building’s rehab and repurposing, creating a conversation piece that welcomes new and exciting discussion around the perception of the city. 1xRUN Warehouse, joined by Eastern Market Corporation and Knight Foundation, seeks to showcase the creativity of the city, while inspiring foot traffic to this historic downtown destination.