The Mobile Arts Workshop program is an annual collaboration between the College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts' James Pearson Duffy Department of Art and Art History, the Carr Center and the Detroit Parks and Recreation Department. The department provides one-day workshops for youth at various community sites throughout. Local musicians working in a variety of genres perform throughout the duration of each workshop.
Mobile Arts Workshop participants learn about abstract art and basic design fundamentals through a variety of art making processes using reclaimed materials provided by the Mobile Arts workshop staff. Each workshop includes warm-up sessions followed by extensive collaborative projects, accommodating approximately 10-15 participants ranging from the ages of 12-18 years old.
Artworks created during the workshops are collected by the Mobile Arts staff and are installed at the Art Department Gallery for its annual Mobile Arts Workshop Exhibition. The exhibition opens with a celebratory reception that is free and open to the public.