An undefeatable city

Detroit launches yearlong program for Detroit-based artists.


Vae O’Neil, A&E Editor

The contemporary identity of Detroit has been less of the old brand of a booming automotive industry and more of a new and vibrant culture that fosters creativity. Musicians, painters, writers and the like have all found a home in Detroit; though, like those of many other professions, the pandemic has left independent artists financially wounded. Enter UNDEFEATED, a community program designed to amplify the outreach of any and all Detroit artists while also helping them survive the pandemic.

Officially launched Feb. 1, the dawn of Black History Month, UNDEFEATED is funded in part by a $176,000 donation from the Kresge Foundation and an emergency grants program started by Detroit ACE (Office of Arts, Culture and Entrepreneurship) that is still currently accepting donations. The showcases will be exhibited every month within 2020 on Channel 22 as well as Detroit’s YouTube channel and Facebook page. If you know – or are – a Detroit-based artist, submissions of work and/or performances can be sent by email here: mailto:[email protected].

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