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"I think MOCAD will be a wonderful magnet to
attract people into the city."
ON STAR'S BEAUTIFUL ALREADY
ED MEAT OR DAIRY TRAYS
Barbara Kratchman of ArtServe Michigan:
STAR'S TRAYS CAN'T BE BEAT FOR QUALITY & PRICE!
shapes that look like
ant hills. He asked us to
leave the material so he
can build his vision of
an oasis. It will be like a
desert island, an amaz-
ing contrast between
where you are and where
you can imagine you
might want to be."
president of the advo-
cacy group ArtServe
Michigan, remains very
positive about possibili-
ties for the museum.
"I think MOCAD will
be a wonderful magnet
to attract people into the
city',' says Kratchman,
who saw crowds drawn
to a recent student show
sponsored by the nearby
College for Creative
Studies. "Because the
museum will be on the
cutting edge *of art, it
can bring new people
into the local art scene
and lead us toward new
sources of funding for
the arts. That expression
of interest can strength-
en the whole cultural
landscape in the area."
Miro projects that the museum will
include many arts disciplines, starting
with a local musician as part of the
debut show. She also hopes to have a
bookstore with arts periodicals and a
cafe where visitors can stop and discuss
what they have seen and learned.
"We're basically a visual arts insti-
tution, but we will have dance per-
formances and literary. events:' says -
Miro, who also hopes the museum can
compensate in some measure for the
diminishing of arts programs in public
"We believe that art speaks on'every
level to people, and we hope to expand
our membership from little kids to
seniors. We want to reach across all the
sections of this community, which is so
broad, dense and wonderful."
MOCAD supporters are exploring
ways to increase their base and ask
interested people to visit the Web site
at www.mocadetroit.org. They also are
recruiting- participants for two events.
Shades Optical (248-645-0075) in
Birmingham is having a special offer-
ing 5-9 p.m. Thursday, June 1, and
giving the museum 10 percent of its
proceeds. The Johanson Charles Gallery
(313-483-1158) near Eastern Market
has not announced what it will do on
July 25 but urges that the date be saved.
Ferndale gallery owner Susanne
Hilberry, who worked at the Detroit
Institute of Arts before going into busi-
ness on her own, has been active with
Miro in establishing a contemporary
"I think there is an urgent need for
an ongoing program to connect local
artists and people in Michigan with
ideas and vocabularies being discussed
visually around the world," Hilberry
"I would hope having a venue of this
type would keep serious artists in the
area and let them interact with their
peers. I also think the museum would
be a way to educate people about con-
temporary currents in the arts and give
them more perspectives on different
points of view." ❑
For information on the Museum
of Contemporary Art Detroit, go
to www.mocadetroit.org or call