Open Call For Visual/Mixed Media Artists and Muralists

Application for Visual/Mixed Media Artists & Muralists

We are seeking Detroit metropolitan based visual artists and muralists to create public visual art installations, inspired by collective oral histories of the historic Vanity Ballroom, located in the Jefferson Chalmers neighborhood on Detroit’s east side. Four artists will create their installations simultaneously during the Jazzin’ at the Vanity jazz and blues festival, a two-day musical event June 29and 30, 2019. 

These art installations will preserve and celebrate the rich history of the Vanity Ballroom and Detroit residents who have experienced it, while adding to the artistic aesthetic of the historic Jefferson Chalmers neighborhood and its cultural heritage.

Preference is for Detroit metropolitan residents, though applications from nearby area muralists /visual artists are welcome.  

Concepts for art design will be based on oral histories collected, from past and present Detroit residents who participated in or attended events at the Vanity Ballroom, for the Neighborhoods: Where Detroit Lives” oralhistory collection - in partnership with the Detroit Historical Society.  

 Selected artists will be presented with a small collection of histories from which to choose, conceptualize and sketch their vision for design. These sketches will be presented to a voting committee comprised of JEI, local stakeholders and representatives from Detroit’s Arts Community .  

 All artists chosen must be available to work on their installation throughout the duration of the festival, Saturday, June 29 and Sunday, June 30, as this demonstration is part of the Jazzin’ at the Vanity experience.  

Stipend Available

Email completed applications to by March 11, 2019.

Sabrina Underwood, JEI Marketing and Communications Manager

Phone: 313-261-9828

Sabrina Underwood
Jazzin' at the Vanity Jazz & Blues Festival - June 29 & 30, 2019

Jazzin’ at the Vanity Retail & Food Vendor Application

Jazzin on Jefferson is back – this year as Jazzin at the Vanity!

The Vanity Ballroom is one of the last surviving big-band era ballrooms in Detroit with a rich cultural legacy! Nestled in the Jefferson-Chalmers Historic Business District, this neighborhood gem was a hotspot for jazz and blues music from the 1920s to 1950s. The Vanity was a popular social gathering space that included $.05 cent dances on a spring-loaded wood dance floor where patrons could enjoy selections provided by musical legends such as Duke Ellington, Cab Calloway, the MC5 and the Stooges, who often played its stages. The once vibrant and popular is gaining a new life! We are excited to lead revitalization efforts to restore and preserve this iconic treasure for all to enjoy once again.

Join us as we celebrate the amazing heritage of the Jefferson-Chalmers neighborhood and that of the Vanity Ballroom as JEI launches Jazzin’ At The Vanity, a free 2-day jazz and blues festival featuring live performances, great food, an amazing marketplace, crafts, visual art experiences, area tours, activities for children and much more!

An extension of the popular annual Jazzin’ On Jefferson neighborhood festival presented by Jefferson East, Inc, a Detroit neighborhood nonprofit, Jazzin’ At The Vanity will attract a diverse, family-friendly audience and is nestled in the center of the historic Jefferson Avenue Business District.

If you are interested in vending at this event, please download, complete and submit the application linked above. Deadline is Saturday, March 30, 2019.

Jazzin’ At The Vanity – Hours of operation

Saturday, June 29th – 12pm to 9pm

Sunday, June 30th – 1pm to 7pm

For additional information, please contact:

Sabrina Underwood • 313-261-2947 • or

Mark Loeb • 313-486-2666 •

Sabrina Underwood
Islandview Project Community Meeting is February 18th!

The Platform, in partnership with East Jefferson Development Corporation (EJDevCo), a real estate subsidiary of Jefferson East, Inc. (JEI), invite you to attend a community meeting, Monday, February 18th, to learn more about the progress of the vacant nursing home site on East. Grand Blvd and Congress.

Almost a year ago, in February 2018, the Platform and JEI convened neighborhood leaders to introduce the concept of redeveloping the vacant nursing home site on E. Grand Blvd and Congress. We are currently early in the design phase of this project and would like to have a conversation with the community to discuss our progress.  During this time, neighborhood residents will have the opportunity to provide feedback on the proposed design and input on the name of the project.

The Platform and EJDevCo believe in inclusive neighborhood development, where Detroiters have direct involvement in guiding development projects that strengthen and preserve the values of the Islandview neighborhood.  

The meeting takes place at Church of the Messiah, 231 E. Grand Blvd., Detroit, MI 48207 from 6pm to 8pm.

Feel free to share with community residents and other leaders in the Islandview community.