Over the past few months, the COVID-19 pandemic has devastated the African American community. We'd like to honor a number of our local and national figures and recognize their meaningful contributions to our community.
Your support during this time helps The Wright retain essential staff, maintain facilities, and continue our work of opening minds and changing lives through the exploration and celebration of African American history and culture.DONATE
Tylonn J. Sawyer is an American figurative artist, educator, and curator living and working in Detroit. He is an activist, rooted in his community and invested in Detroit’s young people. His work explores identity, contemplative but deliberate, making his mark, “Ty was Here.” He questions what constitutes identity and then re-constitutes it, a different order, parsing apart politics, race, history, and pop culture in the ongoing conundrum. The self-made protagonists in his deft drawings, paintings, and murals shape-shift across continents, time, generations, using masks of his ancestors and mentors like Malcolm X and Barack Obama (DNA, 2019) in overlay, mapping his own journey towards self-determination with their guidance. Often shown in multiple, Sawyer’s suited figures splice, as if a metaphor for double and triple consciousness.For WHITE HISTORY MONTH VOL.I, Sawyer takes on the visual vernacular often associated with power and oppression in Western art. The larger-than-life statuary figures in his jumbo size drawings (Strata Drawings I and II, 2019) accentuate the puffed up Euro-centric masculinity pervasive in classical sculpture and later post-Civil War Confederate monuments, bringing both into question. VOL.II, The title “Year of the Flood” from Margaret Atwood’s novel of the same name, which a virus ravages the earth and changes the way man has to survive. The arrival of the corona virus in the US and its disruption of the day to day workings of our society has overwhelmed my artistic focus and forced me to create more intuitively rather than a rigorous plan I’m accustomed to. Culling from Western history and cultural tropes, the work in this exhibition centers on distortions in America’s social fabric. Over the last several years the traditional American image of righteous patriotism, main street, white picket fences, apple pie and Fourth of July fireworks have been replaced by overt xenophobia heralded by those highest in office. Televised lynchings of black men at the hands (or knee) of police officers, and social unrest in the midst of the increasing wealth gap are just a couple of the issues that have underpinned America’s crumbling reputation as the land of milk and honey.
Most English speakers say “Greek” when describing the language and culture of the people with ethnic heritages coming from the modern nation of Greece. However, you may be surprised to know that many of these same people call themselves “Hellenes”. The word “Greek” comes from the Latin word “Graeci”, and through the ages and Roman influences has become the root word for Greek language and culture.
Hellenism refers to something even larger. Throughout the ages from ancient to modern times, “Hellenes” have impacted the world by sharing and transferring values, knowledge and aesthetics that have been adopted and assimilated into modern cultures and societies throughout the globe.
The Hellenic Museum of Michigan shares and celebrates and shares these traditions in the long line from ancient values to modern society today.Plan your visit here
Short and long, tough and easy, Wheelhouse offers a variety of experiential guided tours that explore various Detroit neighborhoods and themes. They are designed to be informative, safe and fun.
Our engaging guides are Detroiters who like nothing more than to share the story of our city with their guests. We respect the rules of the road. We aim to maintain a pace of 8-10 miles per hour. Check out our Tour FAQ page for more information.
Helmets are required; if you don't have one of your own, we will be happy to lend one to you.
2021 Public Tour Season Dates
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We have numerous tours scheduled, including at least one date of each of the following: Architecture, Auto Heritage, Belle Isle, Corktown, Eastern Market, Music Heritage, Public Art, Sports Heritage, and Urban Agriculture.
The largest and most realistic dinosaur exhibition in North America, currently touring as a drive-thru experience. With animatronic land and water dwellers, Jurassic Quest is the only dinosaur event that features up to 100 true-to-life-sized dinosaur replicas from the very small, to the gigantic, to those found under the sea. Guests will see their favorite dinosaurs move, roar and roam and have the chance to interact with baby and adolescent dinosaurs, including the T. Rex, Triceratops, Megalodon and many others.
Everything comes bigger in Texas, and Houston-based Jurassic Quest has been mounting epic dinosaur experiences since 2014, treating millions of people around the world to an as-close-as-you-can-get look at the giants that ruled the Earth and sea millions of years ago. Developed in hand with leading paleontologists, Jurassic Quest dinos featuring realistic movement and sound have brought more than 1.5 million fans a safe family adventure option via new drive-thru experiences. For more information and to buy tickets visit www.jurassicquest.com.
The Oakland County Fair will be July 9-18, 2021Join for ten straight days of family fun with a focus on agriculture this summer. Expect a Dirt Bike of Death Globe, a demo derby, fireworks, petting zoo, battle of the bands, lawn mower rodeo (yes, you read that correctly), a livestock sale, Figure 8 Racing and the Miracle of Birth Barn. Don’t forget the carnival rides and food, of course. Here's some history to proof just how original we're talking. The Oakland County Fair was founded by the Milford Agricultural Society in the 1880s. It was held annually until World War II in 1940. The Fair returned as an annual event again in 1945. While the Fair remains a source of community, it also serves as an educational opportunity, a connection with agriculture and family friendly entertainment. The mission of the Oakland County Fair is to provide a public educational showcase for our youth through hands-on experience with exhibits, demonstrations, and presentations, helping them develop life skills in a family atmosphere.
BLUE MAN GROUP AT THE FOX THEATRE RESCHEDULED
FOR APRIL 19-24, 2022(DETROIT – May 5, 2021) – The Blue Man Group performances scheduled June 3-6, 2021 at the Fox Theatre have been rescheduled to take place April 19-24, 2022. Tickets (starting at $30) are on sale now. All tickets purchased for the two previously scheduled engagements (April 7-12, 2020 and June 3-6, 2021) will be honored for the new performances and fans are encouraged to hold onto their tickets. Ticket holders unable to attend the rescheduled dates now have 30 days, or until Friday, June 4, 2021, to request a refund at point of purchase. Please email Ticket Operations at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an appointment for any box office refund inquiries. Blue Man Group is the global entertainment phenomenon, known for its award-winning theatrical productions, iconic characters and multiple creative explorations. Blue Man Group performances are euphoric celebrations of human connection through art, music, comedy and non-verbal communication. Since debuting at New York’s Astor Place Theatre in 1991, the live show has expanded to additional domestic residencies in Boston, Chicago and Las Vegas, an international residency in Berlin, and multiple North American and World tours, reaching more than 35 million people worldwide. Blue Man Group is universally appealing to a broad range of age groups and cultural backgrounds.
RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE RESCHEDULES LITTLE CAESARS ARENA CONCERTS TO 2022.Tickets for the previously scheduled dates (July 13 and 15, 2020; and July 26-27, 2021) will be honored for the newly scheduled dates and fans are encouraged to hold onto their tickets. Ticket holders unable to attend the rescheduled dates now have 30 days, or until Saturday, May 8, 2021, to request a refund at point of purchase.