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MOCAD hosts musical, literary and artistic events throughout the year. Check back often or contact us at info@mocadetroit.org if you would like to be kept up to date on upcoming events.

All events are Free (Suggested $5 Museum Donation) and open to the public and take place at MOCAD unless otherwise indicated.

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Museum Lock-In
Friday, March 27, 8pm - Saturday, March 28 9am
Admission: Free

High school students ages 13 to 17 are invited to join us for this all-night avant garde teen lock-in presented by MOCAD's Teen Council. Trivia, prizes, art making, video games, movies, and more! Bring a sleeping bag, pillow, toothbrush, tooth paste, activewear, sleepover sweats, and a friend! Morning breakfast served. Pre-registration required.

These fun multidisciplinary art events are designed and hosted by MOCAD's Teen Council, a select group of young creatives from the metro Detroit area who come together to plan, and with the guidance of museum professionals, produce programming for youth and adults here at the MOCAD.

Youth Programs are graciously funded by the General Motors Foundation, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and Neiman Marcus, as well as with product donation support from Whole Foods.


Download Permission Slip (PDF) here

Permission slips should be mailed, emailed, or dropped of to MOCAD no later than 5pm on Monday, March 23, 2015.

Teen Night

Natural Life Panel Discussion
Saturday, March 28, 7pm
Admission: Free

Screening of "Natural Life" documentary at 5pm, followed by panel discussion at 7pm, hosting formerly incarcerated juvenile lifer Donald Logan, Deb LaBelle, attorney representing juvenile lifers in Michigan and advocate to end juvenile life without parole sentence, and Michael Brown, instructor with Writer's Block literary arts project at Macomb County prison.

Despite a global consensus that children cannot be held to the same standards of responsibility as adults and recognition that children are entitled to special protection and treatment, the United States is the only country in the world that allows life without parole sentencing for youth. A panel of experts will explore the juvenile life without parole issue and consider current reform legislation in Michigan.




Kresge Arts Experience
April 9, 7pm
Admission: Free

From April 9–26, 2015, MOCAD hosts the 2014 Kresge Eminent Artist, two of the 2014 Kresge Dance/Music Fellows, three of the 2013 Kresge Literary Arts Fellows, and eight of the 2013 Kresge Visual Arts Fellows in an exhibition of their works. This exhibition presents these artists as they arrive at the culmination of their fellowship period, and shows their continuing explorations in the fields of painting, sculpture, photography, ceramics, animation, video, and mixed-media installations. For some, the time as a Fellow has allowed for the creation of new works specifically for exhibition during Art X Detroit 2015. It has also given some Fellows an opportunity to collaborate with other artists, or to explore an altogether new medium for expression.

Learn More Here


Write Down Detroit with Stephen Henderson and Joel Green
Tuesday, April 14, 6:30pm
Admission: Free

Join Write a House for this fresh, enticing series that brings together some of the most engaging thinkers and doers from throughout Detroit as they not only showcase their work, but the stories that drive them and their processes as creators and Detroiters.

The "Write Down Detroit" series is based in MOCAD, takes place on the 2nd Tuesday of every month. Doors open at 6:30pm, and the event starts promptly at 7pm.

Presented by Write a House


Teen Night

5th Annual Kids-TALK Poetry Slam
Thursday, April 23, 4pm - 7pm
Admission: Free

The Children’s Center presents the 5th annual Kids-Talk Poetry Slam. Join us for a night of music, complimentary food and beverages, poetry, and great people. This fun lyrical competition shows off Detroit’s best and brightest young poets.

Teen Night

Cinco de Mayo Celebration
Friday, May 8, 6pm - 9pm
Admission: Free

Join us as the teen council honors the Mexican-American tradition of Cinco De Mayo, MOCAD Style! It may be three days later, but it’s never too late to celebrate. Traditional Mexican music, food, and art making influenced by Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera.

These fun multidisciplinary art events are designed and hosted by MOCAD's Teen Council, a select group of young creatives from the metro Detroit area who come together to plan, and with the guidance of museum professionals, produce programming for youth and adults here at the MOCAD.

The MOCAD Youth Programs are graciously funded by the GM Foundation, Knight Arts Foundation, and Community Foundation for Southeastern Michigan, and are overseen by Youth Program Producer, Tylonn Sawyer.


Teen Night

Spring/Summer 2015 with music by Yoni Wolf, Serengeti, and Little Animal
May, 15, 7pm
Admission: Free
$5 Admission after 9pm
Tickets available here

Evening's Itinerary:

6pm: Members-only preview
7pm: Exhibitions open to the public
9pm: Music starts with Little Animal

Yoni Wolf is embarking on a solo rap tour with the legendary Serengeti in tow, and rather than do the same old song and dance he did as the front-dude of WHY?, he's retrofitting his songs from WHY? as well as cLOUDDEAD and Reaching Quiet to do an all-rap tour, sponsored by his podcast, The Wandering Wolf. Yoni Wolf is the founding member of Why? and co-founder of the Anticon Label. His music combines wildly creative, freewheeling poetics with the collage aesthetics of traditional hip-hop.

Serengeti has followed his stream of consciousness through the darker corners of society and his psyche over an increasingly adventurous musical trajectory. Though Serengeti (né David Cohn) is the great nephew of Sonny Cohn, Count Basie’s trumpeter of thirty years, music wasn’t passed down freely in the family. Instead, young David kept his musical obsessions in his head, and by the time he was ready to loose them, his skull had accumulated several album’s worth of left-field hip-hop detritus. As Spin said last year, "The eternal paradox of Chicago rapper Serengeti is that his success is more akin to that of a show like Breaking Bad, and totally anomalous in music. That is, as the MC born David Cohn gets more famous, his records get deeper — as in esoteric."

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The Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization supported through invaluable contributions from individuals and members. The Richard and Jane Manoogian Foundation provides leading support for the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit since 2006. General operating support for MOCAD is generously provided by Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Family Foundation, General Motors Foundation, The Kresge Foundation, Masco Corporation Foundation and The Taubman Foundation. Additional funding for programming and educational initiatives is provided by Edith S. Briskin/Shirley K. Schlafer Foundation. Valuable in-kind support is provided by Dykema. Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit is also supported, in part, by The Andy Warhol Foundation For the Arts, Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, Leveraging Investments in Creativity in partnership with the Ford Foundation, and ArtPlace, a collaboration of top national foundations, the National Endowment for the Arts and various federal agencies to accelerate creative placemaking across the U.S.