Detroit Festival of the Arts
The Detroit Festival of the Arts was a three-day arts festival in Detroit, Michigan, held on the second weekend of June. First held in 1986, the Festival featured free musical performances, art showings, activities for children, and local food. It was located in Detroit's cultural center, spanning the Detroit Institute of Arts, the main branch of the Detroit Public Library, and the main Wayne State University campus. A giant sand sculpture had been a fixture of the event since 2004. The theme of the sand sculpture was selected by the sponsors and not by the artists. Official sponsors for the 2007 Festival included DaimlerChrysler, Macy's and the Metro Times.
In 2009, the University Cultural Center Association and Wayne State University produced a new event called "Midsummer Nights in Midtown," which took place every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday in the month of June that year.
- M. Stryker, "Avant-garde adventure is this weekend" Detroit Free Press June 7, 2007
- J. Leforge, "Festival of arts caters to all" The South End (Detroit) June 14, 2004, p. 3
- Pat Sweeting, "Detroit Celebrates The Arts This Weekend" WWJ, June 4, 2008. "Hard at work since the 50 tons of sand was unloaded on the Wayne State University campus, a trio of California artists from the firm Sandscapes were busy creating this year's masterpiece for the 22nd Annual Detroit Festival of the Arts."
- Pete Bublitz, "During rain and shine, Detroit Festival of the Arts delivers a good time" The South End June 11–17, 2008. "It was an idea selected not by the artists in Sandscapes, but by the sponsors."