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Detroit regularly attracts tourists from around the world who come to explore the city’s wealth of public art, galleries and stunning architecture. Begin your Detroit art walk in the North End with a stroll to the Chroma building, featuring the multi-story portrait “Girl With the D Earring” by breakout art star Sydney G. James (Milwaukee St. Station). You can also explore the Center for Creative Studies’ Taubman Center, where projects from budding art students are often on display (Baltimore St. Station). Midtown Detroit is rich in world-class art venues – with 65,000 works at the Detroit Institute of Arts alone, along with a never-ending selection of family activities, classes and exhibitions, like the upcoming Van Gogh exhibition (Ferry St. Station). The QLINE streetcars will be wrapped for the length of the exhibition and visitors are encouraged to “Gogh to the DIA” to get to the museum. Van Gogh in America, which opens on October 2, celebrates the DIA’s status as the first public museum in the United States to purchase a painting by Vincent van Gogh.
Your Midtown experience won’t be complete without a visit to the N’Namdi Center for the Contemporary Arts, showcasing the innovative work of Black artists (Warren Ave. Station). Add to your own art collection with a visit to the Simone DeSousa Gallery or Gallerie Camile (Canfield St. Station). Continue south on the QLINE for a stunning display of outdoor murals and graffiti throughout the downtown core. In the graffiti-soaked Belt Alley, Library Street Collective showcases avant-garde contemporary pieces and some of the city’s coolest art-themed evening events (Campus Martius Station).