SPECIAL EVENT: The dedication of The Carr Center’s 2016 installation of a new public art installation titled, "Detroit’s Music… Jazz!" followed by a free concert.
The celebration begins at 4 PM, with a free concert in the park followed by the unveiling and dedication of the mosaic-sculpture designed and executed by Shinkle Fine Art, LLC. Then at 6pm: another free music performance: “Our Songs, Our Stories, presented by Michigan Sings, Inc. as part of The Carr Center’s summer concert series, Evenings in Paradise.
Detroit’s Music… Jazz is a “series of hybridized elements blurring the boundaries between architecture, art, and performance.” The installation is inspired by the mosaic centerpiece located in the lobby of The Carr Center, aptly entitled Detroit’s Music, and is a collaborative effort between ten visual artists and seven photographers, including Karen Fox, John Osler, Nina Bentley, Jim Aho, Hugh Grannum and Bill Foster. “The installation will create a visual jazz 'performance' where viewers will internalize the past, present and future of Detroit jazz. The scenographic installation builds upon the legacy of Detroit’s Paradise Valley and the contribution made to jazz by its' musicians past, present and future.” Detroit’s Music… Jazz! is sponsored by the Kresge Foundation and Erb Family Foundation.
An integral part of the downtown community since its inception, The Carr Center has transformed Harmonie Park into a hub for community engagement in the arts. In addition to providing music for the famed and historic Paradise Valley, The Carr Center has commissioned public art installations at Harmonie Park over the years, including the Nice Outfit installation in 2015 and The Very Thought of You ballroom exhibit in 2014.