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By Edward Cardenas

DETROIT (CBS Detroit) – The buildings and skies in Midtown Detroit will once again be canvas for artists who use light as their medium as the second DLECTRICITY nighttime art and light festival returns this September.

Midtown Detroit, Inc. announced Monday that DTE Energy will be a presenting sponsor of the free, illuminated festival which features 35 international, national and local artists from 7 p.m. – midnight Sept. 26-27.

“DTE Energy is a tremendous corporate partner to our community and we are incredibly grateful to have them as our presenting sponsor for DLECTRICITY,” said Sue Mosey, president of MDI, in a rlease. “DTE Energy along with the support from all of our sponsors gives us the opportunity to create a world-class event, attracting high caliber artists and showcasing Midtown Detroit as an international art destination.”

DLECTRICITY will commission the artists who will  illuminate the Midtown Woodward corridor, from the Detroit Institute of Arts to the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, with a variety of installations of light, video, performance, interactive engineering and other unexpected works of art, according to organizers.

“DTE Energy is proud to support DLECTRICITY as the presenting sponsor, bringing this spectacular nighttime festival of art and light to our community,” said Faye Nelson, vice president of Public Affairs for DTE Energy and president of the DTE Energy Foundation, in a release. “We are committed to the vibrancy of our neighborhoods and it will be thrilling to see Detroiters and visitors explore an illuminated Midtown full of public art and light showcasing our great city.”

Artists include:

  • Steve Locke will display a collection of neon signs in the windows of Midtown Detroit,
  • New York-based artist Sue de Beer will show a video about the “The Legendary Leland City Club” which will be shown in the Detroit Historical Museum Plaza,
  • Detroit-based Mindfield will show a 3D mapping video that will be shown onthe façades of the Detroit Public Library and the Detroit Institute of Arts

“The quality of artists for this year’s DLECTRICITY is extraordinary,” said Michelle Perron, of the College for Creative Studies and head of the DLECTRICITY Curatorial Committee, in a release. “The city’s cultural center will literally light up with the creative energy that continues to put Detroit on the map with international artists and visitors.”

For more information about the festival, visit the DLECTRICITY website.

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