DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION AND PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT
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.
DEPE Space is the Department of Education and Public Engagement's residency program for creative and spirited individuals of any discipline who are interested in a project which focuses on learning and visitor engagement. Launched in 2012, the residency length ranges from one week to one month and ties conceptually to MOCAD's exhibition programming. Six to nine residencies are offered each year. DEPE Space residents produce an installation, public performance, talk, workshop, Family Day event, and often visit local K-12 schools, colleges and universities.
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.
Once a month, on the third sunday, visitors are invited to participate in a range of art-making activities that highlight our current exhibitions. These workshops are free and welcome families with children of all ages. For upcoming Family Day programs, click 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.