Murals in the Market: Detroit’s Street Art Festival

By: Amber Ogden | September 16, 2015

Eastern Market is known for its farmers market, but by this Friday, the area will be filled with over 40 local and international artists creating nearly 50 large-scale murals, adding to the city’s display of public art.

The first ever Murals in the Market kicks off tomorrow and runs through Saturday, Sept. 26. The brainchild of fine art publisher 1xRUN and Eastern Market Corporation, the festival features artists like Brian Lacey, Jeff Soto, Kobie Soloman, Ellen Rutt, Meggs and more.

Murals in the Market

(Photo courtesy of Jesse Cory)

1xRUN has been facilitating murals in Eastern Market for the past few years, and last fall, teamed up with Eastern Market Corporation to work on a concept to bring Detroit’s first international mural festival to the district.

“Eastern Market has a rich history of public art with large scale murals dating back 20 years, and with the growing public arts movement in Detroit, we both wanted to create a moment around public art in the district,” Jesse Cory, co-founder of 1xRUN, said.

While the murals are the main attraction, the festival will also feature over 20 special events highlighting Detroit’s rich cultural scene. Activities, including artist lectures, dance parties, tailgates, live music, workshops for children and walking tours, are open to the public. You can find a full list of events here.

Venues hosting events throughout the festival include Motor City Wine, Temple Bar, Detroit City Distillery and Lincoln Street Art Park.

Murals in the Market

(Photo courtesy of Jesse Cory)

If you like what you see on the streets, pop in to Division Street Boutique, Red Bull House of Art and Inner State Gallery, where you’ll find original artwork from each of the participating artists, as well as limited edition merchandise, available for purchase. There is also a Murals in the Market print series online via 1xRUN’s website, where you can purchase a limited edition piece of art.

According to Cory, opportunity is Detroit’s biggest offering to artists, while space is critical and keeping expenses low is a must.

“There is a growing art movement happening in the city and people from across the world are starting to pay attention. This combination is driving Detroit as a place collectors are looking to buy art and that completes the cycle,” he said.

For further details on Murals in the Market, visit the official website.