New Features
FOR 2016...


A new healthy feature of Ford Arts, Beats & Eats - bring the family down to compete in a three-point shootour and free throw challenge and win great prizes.  More details available here.


The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA), the area’s cultural beacon for more than a century, is once again involved in Ford Arts, Beats & Eats with two new enriching features, DIA Away: Think Like an Artist and Artist Demonstrations.

DIA Away is a free, mobile interactive classroom for students and a creative exploration space for people of all ages and will add an educational hands-on art experience to the festival. The fully furnished, vibrantly designed 53’ double-expandable trailer gives participants the opportunity to discover some of the ways artists think and then try out creative thinking skills at digital and hands-on stations.

DIA Away is one of the many ways the DIA shares its world-renowned collection and educational resources outside its museum walls and was created in consultation with area educators, community members, DIA visitors and in collaboration with MRA experiential tours & equipment. DIA Away will be located in the Kids Zone sponsored by DMC Children’s Hospital of Michigan.

In addition, the DIA will be the presenting sponsor of Artist Demonstrations at the festival each day as an extension of their Think Like An Artist exhibit. The DIA will present three onstage art demonstrations each day of the festival.  In each demonstration, a festival visual artist will have a piece they are working on, explain how it is made and talk about their techniques. Each demonstration will take between 15 and 30 minutes and will be located on an exclusive stage in the OUR Credit Union parking lot.



As part of its event participation, new festival partner OUR Credit Union will host the Sixth Annual Food Drive benefiting Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan. Headquartered in Detroit, Gleaners operates five distribution centers in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Livingston and Monroe counties which provide food to 510 partner soup kitchens, food pantries, shelters and other agencies.

Food Drive donors can receive one FREE admission to the festival by bringing three or more nonperishable food items to the OUR Credit Union locations in downtown Royal Oak at 726 S. Washington Ave. and 3070 Normandy Road, or in Troy at 6693 Rochester Road from Friday, August 21 at 9 a.m. to Wednesday, September 2 at 5 p.m.

Last year’s festival Food Drive collected 3,175 pounds of nonperishable items, providing 2,635 meals for Gleaners to distribute.