Gift Guide

Gift Guide 2020: For the Arts + Culture Buff

November 2, 2020

From tickets to the symphony to a gorgeous panting and more, artist Tony Roko rounds-up gift options for the arts and culture buff

Billie Holiday’s “Lady in Satin” on vinyl, her penultimate and most critically acclaimed record, released a year before she died. There’s a signed copy available online.


A new lid from Henry the Hatter is so much more than just an extension of an outfit; this charming accessory has as much cultural significance as the iconic Detroit venue itself. Can you ever have too many?


Season tickets to the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Yes, I’m aware they’re only doing virtual concerts right now, but it’s worth the wait!


Detroit artist Angelo David Sherman’s painting of boxer Jack Johnson, the first African American heavyweight champion. I wish I had painted it!


A staycation  at the Detroit Foundation Hotel, where the balance of raw-meets-elegance makes for flawless execution in design. (And, OK, I may have a few paintings in their permanent art collection.) Spring for the Commissioner’s Suite, complete with a pool table.

Tony Roko is an artist based in Plymouth and founder of the nonprofit Art Foundation, which provides arts education and opportunities for creative expression to youth in Southeast Michigan.

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