Last Stop on the L Train: Detroit

"'I want people to know that in Detroit you can afford to make art, be a chef, buy houses, start a business, do anything if you work hard,' he said.

'@@You can find your purpose in Detroit@@, which is nearly impossible to do these days in New York,' he added.

For many of the same reasons, Robert Elmes, the executive director of the 20-year-old Brooklyn-based Galápagos Art Space, a performance venue and cornerstone for artists, announced last December that the venue would be closing its doors in New York and moving to Detroit. Or as stated on its website: 'You can’t paint at night in your kitchen and hope to be a good artist. It doesn’t work that way.' Since then, Mr. Elmes has received more than 500 emails from artists contemplating following him."


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