Outdoor, audience-building arts programming in Downtown Detroit

Applications for the 2022 CulturePop program are open!

CulturePop funds simple, engaging arts and culture activations in Downtown Detroit spaces in an effort to help CultureSource member organizations build new audiences and share their talents.

CulturePop will feature outdoor, engagement-driven arts and cultural programming and is presented in partnership with the Gilbert Family Foundation and the Downtown Detroit Partnership.

Eight grants of $4000 will be issued to organizations to support their activation.


Applications for the summer 2022 cycle of CulturePop will open Thursday, August 11, 2022.

Deadline: Monday, August 22, 2022 at 5pm EST.


August 11: CulturePop application opens

August 22: CulturePop application closes at 5pm EST

Week of August 22: CulturePop applications are reviewed by a panel of artists and public spaces professionals.

Week of August 29: All applicants are notified of the status of their application. Successful applicants receive communication about logistics for payment processes and program details/coordination.

September 13-23: CulturePop activiations will take place from September 13-23 between 11am-3pm in downtown Detroit parks. The activation schedule will be posted on this webpage and at

Note: Activation dates coincide with the North American International Auto Show taking place in Downtown Detroit.

More Information

The CulturePop program funds simple, quick arts and culture activations in Downtown Detroit spaces in efforts to help arts and culture organizations build new audiences and continue their work in public space. Each year, the program serves as a challenge for CultureSource membership to adapt in-person programming to various parameters.

Proposed projects should be logistically-simple, encourage physical-distancing, and focus on what would make a passerby stop, watch, learn, and participate. Proposed projects can be adapted tried-and-true programs or newly developed, innovative programs.

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