Hamtramck Disneyland is a beloved folk art installation created by Dmytro Szylak, a retired auto worker and political refugee from Ukraine. Szylak assembled the sprawling, colorful installation spanning two adjacent properties over several decades before passing away in 2015.
Hatch Art seeks artist-led projects featuring public art such as installations, murals, and performance art that engages the community on the Disneyland site, and within the surrounding diverse community of Hamtramck, MI. Each artist in residence will be required to create a specific artwork as presented in a statement of intent. Artists are encouraged to be creative about how their work engages with the community.
In February, 2006 a diverse group of artists gathered in Hamtramck, MI to plan the founding of an art center. Over the subsequent months, they refined their ideas and formed what was then known as Hatch: A Hamtramck Art Collective.
United by the shared mission of Education, Expression and Exhibition, the group rapidly gained followers and supporters. Regular meetings were held in community centers, local businesses and artists’ studios.
Since then Hatch achieved 501[c]3 nonprofit status and developed a full calendar of events. Within its first year of existence, Hatch founded the Detroit chapter of Dr. Sketchy’s Anti Art School, represented Hamtramck artists at 2 art fairs, and hosted concerts, critiques, educational workshops and more.
Then Hatch purchased the old police station from the City of Hamtramck in 2008. For the next four years, renovations were made, concurrent with fundraising and maintaining a full events schedule. A new roof and central heating system were made possible through grants and crowdsourcing campaigns. Volunteers put in countless hours to help convert the former police station into a space for making and exhibiting art. The Hatch Art Gallery officially opened in April 2012. Upstairs studios became available for rent in July and were full at occupancy by the year’s end. Classroom space was finished March 2013. Work commenced on the shared workspace, gift shop and community darkroom.
- Independent Association/Foundation
- Months: 1 – 3
- Visual Art
- Performing Arts
- Textile Art
- Private accommodation
- Shared studio / workplace