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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 and open to the public and take place at MOCAD unless otherwise indicated.

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Noel Night
Saturday, December 6, 5 - 10pm
Admission: Free

Join us at MOCAD during Noel Night for an evening filled with art, music, holiday treats, and creative activities for all ages. Presented by the MOCAD Teen Council, these quick and festive drop in craft stations will surely bring holiday joy to kids and adults alike. Decorate cookies, make your own marshmallow snowmen, ornaments, and holiday wreaths.

Featuring music by eclectic garage soul band J. Walker and the Crossguards. For more information and a complete schedule of events visit midtowndetroitinc.org.

Click here for downloadable map




Lawrence Rinder
Wednesday, December 10, 6pm
Admission: Free

Lawrence Rinder, Director of Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, speaks about the importance of art created to be performed live and at a museum setting.



The 52nd Ann Arbor Film Festival 16mm Touring Program
Thursday, December 11,8pm
Admission: $5 (Free for members)

For the first 40 years of its existence, 16mm film was the sole format for the Ann Arbor Film Festival, the nation's longest running festival for experimental and independent film. Although artists have continued to create vital work with this format, the opportunities to see it projected have become increasingly rare. The 52nd AAFF Touring Program presents 14 new films from Denmark, Argentina, Canada, Germany, and the United States, all projected in their original and intended cinematic glory.

Program Details:
The Handeye (Bone Ghosts)
(Anja Dornieden and Juan David González Monroy)
Berlin, Germany | 2012 | 7 min

With Pluses and Minuses (Mike Stoltz)
Los Angeles, CA | 2013 | 5 min

Lunar Almanac (Malena Szlam)
Montreal, Canada | 2013 | 4 min

murmurations (Rebecca Meyers)
Lewisburg, PA | 2013 | 6 min
(52nd AAFF Award for Best Cinematography)

Tacoma (Courtney Krantz)
Brooklyn, NY | 2013 | 6.5min

Fresno (Leandro Listorti)
Buenos Aires, Argentina | 2014 | 3 min

Will o’ the Wisp (Andrew Kim)
Los Angeles, CA | 2013 | 23.5min
52nd AAFF Tom Berman Award for Most Promising Filmmaker

Sleeping District (Tinne Zenner)
Copenhagen, Denmark | 2014 | 11 min

Light Year (Paul Clipson)
San Francisco, CA | 2013 | 10 min

Certain Things (Mark Toscano)
Los Angeles, CA | 2014 | 4 min

Square Dance, Los Angeles County, California, 2013 (Silvia das Fadas)
Los Angeles, CA | 2013 | 9 min

Burn Out the Day (Sasha Waters Freyer)
Richmond, VA | 2014 | 4 min

A Study in Natural Magic (Charlotte Pryce)
Los Angeles, CA | 2013 | 3 min
52nd AAFF Stan Brakhage Film at Wit’s End Award

Photooxidation (Pablo Mazzolo)
Buenos Aires, Argentina | 2013 | 13 min




Monster Drawing Rally
Friday, December 12, 7pm
Admission: $10

This spectacular live drawing event and fundraiser is an incredible opportunity to watch your favorite local artists create original works on paper. Part performance, part laboratory, part art bazaar, the Monster Drawing Rally consists of three one-hour shifts of approximately 30 artists drawing simultaneously. As the drawings are completed, they’re hung on the walls and made available for purchase for $40 each. Proceeds from the event provide direct support for MOCAD’s programs.

Presented by MOCAD's New Wave, the young professional members group.

Learn More Here




Godzilla Movie Making with Multimedia Artist Nick Tobier
Saturday, December 20, Noon - 3:30pm
Admission: Spaces are limited
RSVP with Youth program producer Tylonn J. Sawyer, tsawyer@mocadetroit.org or 313.832.6622

Join us for this monstrous workshop of epic proportions! Students will create mini movie sets from scratch, set stage action, edit video, track sound and more, all to create a whole movie in one afternoon!

Nick's focus as an artist and designer is with the social lives of public places, both in built structures and events. He has designed and/or activated bus stops, farms, kitchens, boulevards, and have worked within and without municipal structures in Detroit, Tokyo, Toronto, San Francisco.

For more info visit: everydayplaces.com and Stamps Nick Tobier Profile

These free monthly workshops are for teens looking to enhance their artistic skills in a variety of areas: drawing, painting, digital design, automotive design, fashion illustration, music production, creative writing, etc.

All snacks and supplies provided by MOCAD

Space is limited to the first 12 students
For questions and/or to register contact Youth Program Producer Tylonn Sawyer at:

MOCAD youth programs are graciously funded by the GM Foundation, Knight Foundation, and Community Foundation of Southeast Michigan. Programs are overseen by Youth Program Producer Tylonn J. Sawyer.


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.