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Mission Statement

The Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit (CAID) is a community-based nonprofit arts organization. CAID fosters and promotes the essential link between contemporary arts and progressive society through educational programs, exhibitions, performances, and the funding of contemporary arts and art-related activities.


The Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit (CAID) was formed in 1979 by a visionary group of Detroit-area artists, including Charles McGee and Jean Heilbrunn. Before obtaining its own physical space, the CAID hosted exhibitions, events, and programs through local creative, educational, and business venues including Marygrove College, the Detroit Artists Market, and the Detroit Institute of Arts.

In November 2004, after twenty-five years of nomadic existence, the Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit took up residence at 5141 Rosa Parks Boulevard, which is now the home of one of its divisions, the detroit contemporary. The detroit contemporary serves as an exhibition and performance space, and a is constructing a agricultural education garden to open in the fall of 2012.

In 2007, the Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit played an important role in the development of a once-vacant apartment building in Southwest Detroit’s Hubbard Farms neighborhood. The historic Whitdel Building now provides affordable housing for artists and houses two of CAID's other divisions, the Ladybug Studios and Whitdel Arts. Ladybug Studios is a ceramic and fine art education studio with sales gallery. Whitdel Arts is an 1800-sq. ft. professional exhibition space that showcases the work of established and emerging local, national, and international artists. Whitdel Arts also operates the CAID Media Lab, a 12 station computer lab that provides educational classes and resources to artists and the community.

In 2007, the Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit also partnered with the Woodbridge Neighborhood Development Corporation to transform an abandoned early-20th Century carriage house into a community gallery and creative gathering space. In addition to these accomplishments, the CAID has been involved in a plethora of other visual, musical and performance art events throughout its thirty-one years of history in Detroit.

In 2011 the CAID formed the Detroit Broadcasting Company. Creating media for the people, by the people, the Detroit Broadcasting Company (DBC) is a socially conscious for-profit company that is 100% owned and controlled by its employees-grass roots nonprofits, and people from the communities that DBC reaches and serves.


The Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit offers a variety of programs and services to the creative community of Detroit, including:

Detroit Broadcasting Company Programming

-A Detroit based sitcom coming soon

-The New Newsstand for New News, broadcasting on the internet from neighborhoods in Detroit

-Tonight@theCAID, a internet based TV talk show broadcast online at: http://detroitbroadcasting.wordpress.com/tonightthecaid/tonightthecaid-season-1/

detroit contemporary Programming

-Exhibitions, Concerts, and Performances

-Educational Lectures and Public Forums

-Food gardens designed as outdoor classrooms

Ladybug Studios Programming

-The Imagination Project

-Community family clay workshops

-Cooperative Studios and Educational Workshops

Whitdel Arts Programming

-Professional Exhibitions

-Local Community and Economy Building

-Educational Programming

-Media Lab

Carriage House Programming

-Caf? with food and dinning as art and community hub for sharing of ideas

Major Program Supporters

Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, The Max and Anna Levinson Foundation, Kresge Foundation, Harpo Foundation, New Detroit, The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts with the DeVos Foundation, and Southwest Solutions, among many individuals and local independent businesses.


In order to promote the city as a major regional cultural center, the Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit’s primary goal is to provide a connection between, and a forum for, the various arts and cultural communities and their unique programs and ideas. Our activities bring a significant focus to contemporary visual, musical, performing, and literary arts, while addressing relevant social and cultural issues. Befitting our mission of bringing together contemporary arts and contemporary society, we present a diverse series of concerts, performances, exhibitions, lectures, forums, educational programs, and public installations. The CAID continues to nurture its current partnerships while establishing new connections with artists and other organizations, supporting and recognizing the innovative creative ideas and endeavors that have a meaningful, lasting impact on our city and its social, economic and political environment.



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