The Department of Education and Public Engagement develops adventurous, multidisciplinary programming in which the museum and city of Detroit function as sites for investigation and experimentation.
MOCAD curators and invited guests work with international and local communities to produce events and projects that are fun, rigorous and innovative. The department aspires to support youth and adults in learning and growing as free thinkers, to be culturally inclusive, artistically forward-thinking and intellectually ambitious.
Natural Life, an experimental video installation, will immerse visitors in the experience of over 2,500 prisoners in the United States who are serving mandatory life sentences for crimes committed when they were minors. Focusing on the extreme case of Michigan's legal system, Natural Life portrays the ripple effect that the juvenile justice system's imbalance has had on the lives not only of the incarcerated youth and the victims of their crime, but on family members, law enforcement, legal officials and the community at large.
Since its inception, the Museum has hosted more than 400 musical concerts, film screenings, lectures, readings, discussions, workshops and other events that feature guests from the region, across the states and overseas. See Upcoming Events for more information.
Education at MOCAD provides a point of access into contemporary art, contributing to a lifelong conversation with challenging ideas and exploratory creative practice. The Curator of Education leads in developing on and off-site curriculum for all ages, both related to exhibition programming and the expanded field of contemporary art and culture. DEPE responds to the challenges of local schools and values feedback; our approach is self-critical and audience-driven, redefining its ability to be of and by our community.
FAMILY DAY EXTRAVAGANZA Make a Magical Stuffed Animal with Melissa Dettloff
Sunday, March 22, 12pm - 4pm
Let your child's imagination run wild! MOCAD's Family Day Extravaganza features craft making, live music, tasty snacks and lots of family fun. Detroit artist Melissa Dettloff leads an inspiring workshop, where kids and parents alike are invited to create a personalized stuffed animal pet. Dig deep into your imagination to create a brand new creature of your own invention. RSVP Here
MOCAD offers guided group visits for all ages, backgrounds and interests. Museum educators promote discussion allowing visitors to make connections between art and everyday. Teachers are welcome to contact the education department if they wish to tailor their MOCAD experience to enhance their curriculum.
Please contact the museum by email or phone at 313.832.6622 to schedule a tour. All MOCAD tours are free and open to the public.
Please check out all the amazing former DEPE Space artists, former public engagement programs and events hosted by the Department of Education and Public Engagement.