Our History

Live Coal Gallery in Woodbridge, 2013-2015

Live Coal Gallery, L.L.C. was formed in 2012 by Detroit artist, Yvette Rock. Yvette had a vision to engage Detroiters of all ages and stages of their life's journey with art. In 2013, after sharing her dreams and plans with the City of Detroit, she transformed the bottom flat of her multi-family dwelling located in the Historic Woodbridge Neighborhood into an art museum. For the next two and a half years, Live Coal Gallery hosted an average of six exhibitions per year, featuring the work of aspiring, emerging, and established artists such as Gilda Snowden, Senghor Reid, Antoinette Connor, Shirley Woodson, Anita Bates, Bruce Giffin, Reshaun Rucker, and many others. Live music was played during opening receptions, including renown jazz musician Marion Hayden. There was also a gift shop that sold hand-made goods made by local artisans.  We are thankful for the time in our first brick-and-mortar space and the community that rallied around it.


Shortly after closing this space, Yvette had a vision. That vision was fueled by the idea that the arts should be more easily accessible by all people. What if there was a way to bring art into the neighborhoods of Detroit instead of figuring out how to get Detroiters into your one fixed space? That was the beginning of the Live Coal Arts Mobile!

Live Coal Today: A Three-Strand Model

2016-2017 Live Coal Collective members

Mission: Fostering a Passion for Art, Community, & Learning

Live Coal Gallery is a Detroit-based social venture that fosters a passion for art, community, and learning by engaging Detroit neighborhoods with the transformational and restorative power of the arts.  Our Live Coal Arts Mobile, an 18’ trailer that doubles as a gallery and workshop space, provides opportunities for our Collective to exhibit work, create installations, conduct workshops, and put on performances. We provide hands-on experiences for children and families, and collaborate with businesses, organizations, and schools on a  variety of arts-based projects.  

Art

We create four to six exhibitions per year featuring the work of our Live Coal Collective. We do this in collaboration with local businesses and organizations, including: Always Brewing & Pages Bookshop. Exhibitions are great ways to expose the public to the work of local artists and gives some of our young aspiring artists a chance to show alongside long established artists. See our Photo Tour on the bottom of this page to get a sense of our events and programs.

Community

Community can be created a variety of ways. Live Coal encourages the gathering of people through Block pARTies, art fairs, and opening celebrations.  Our first Block pARTy started as an art-making experience, but became so much more as parents, aunts, uncles, and grandparents walked down the block to see artwork hung along our tent and enjoy food and the company of their neighbors as we simultaneously celebrated a little boy's birthday.

Learning

Live Coal provides art education in a variety of contexts.


Students working on drawings and watercolors at a public school in southwest Detroit.


Artists lead art camps during summer months.