Across the country, art walks are becoming a very popular way for tourists and residents of different cities to see all of the art their city has to offer. The advantage is the obvious health benefits from walking, as well as being able to see a large amount of art in a little time. Whether you’re interested in staying within Detroit, or heading out across the metro area, here are some of Southeastern Michigan’s best art walks.
Wayne State University Art Walk
42 W. Warren Ave.
Detroit, MI 48202
(313) 577-2424

This art walk takes place across the lovely midtown Detroit campus of Wayne State University. It is an unorganized art walk, so feel free to stop by and take a stroll whenever you like. Much of this walk involves crossing to buildings through the outdoors, so nicer weather is the best option here. The website provides a great map for getting started.

Scarab Club (Credit, Michael Ferro)

Scarab Club Art Walk
217 Farnsworth St.
Detroit, MI 48202
(313) 831-1250

Located between downtown and midtown, near the Detroit Institute of Arts and the Detroit Science Center, the Scarab Club is one of the Motor City’s finest art establishments, with a number of organized art walks scheduled throughout the year in 2015 and beyond. If you’d prefer to just walk through the urban setting and check out some of Detroit’s best artists on display, feel free to drop by anytime. For nearly 100 years, the Scarab Club has been doing art in Motown right.

Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit
5141 Rosa Parks Blvd.
Detroit, MI 48208
(313) 899-2243

For the best art walk option on the weekend within the city, try the Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit. This downtown art exhibition is only open from Thursday through Sunday, so if the weather is right and you’d like to head out to take a walk and view some terrific art along the way, give this location a shot. Contemporary art is the featured genre here, so if you’re looking to expand you mind with a taste of the times, this institute is a good place to start.

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Downtown Northville Art Walk
215 West Main St.
Northville, MI 48167
(248) 349-0345
www.downtownnorthville.comDate: 1st Friday of every month, 6 to 9 p.m.

Maybe you’d rather not head into the bustling city and would prefer an art walk on the outskirts of Detroit instead. Take a trip to downtown Northville where on the first Friday of each month, the Downtown Northville Art Walk gets organized by having visitors and locals join together for fun and art. There are a number of great exhibitions here on this walk, including the Dancing Eye Gallery and the Tiffany Art Gallery.

Ann Arbor’s street murals are just one aspect of the art walks. (Credit, Michael Ferro)

Ann Arbor Art Center Art Walk
117 West Liberty St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(734) 994-8004

No list of the best art walks near Detroit would be complete without mentioning one of the country’s most art-centric cities – Ann Arbor. The Ann Arbor Art Center offers a number of year-round art walks for students, tourists, residents and anyone else curious about all of the great exhibitions and galleries happening around the city. Ann Arbor’s downtown transforms throughout many times during the year into a major art exhibit within itself, so an art walk can become as simple as a stroll through the downtown streets. Check out the website for more information on upcoming art events.

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Michael Ferro is freelance writer and a graduate of Michigan State University where he majored in Creative Writing and received the Jim Cash Creative Writing Award. Born and bred in Detroit, he currently resides in Ypsilanti Township. Additional writing can be found at