Nostalgic arcades have been a hot trend in Detroit for the past few years, but we’ve yet to see a fully dedicated space survive. Offworld Arcade tried it for a while, but found it more sustainable to host intermittent pop-ups and a spot called Ready Player One seems poised to open soon.
But, nerds may yet have another opportunity to abuse the kick plate on a vintage video game when K.O. Gallery opens this July. The mixed-use creative space and art gallery is a collaborative effort between Heavenly Dogs, the Detroit Arcade Club, and Offworld Arcade, promising to offer a “broad range of events, including art exhibitions, pop-up arcades, musical performances, special one night events and more.”
“The concept of K.O gallery was born out of a lack of opportunity. Whether it be creatively or the ability as a young person to navigate the local creative industry, we wanted to build a space where we can do exactly what we want, when we want to,” Ramen One, director of Heavenly Dogs, said in a press release.
Heavenly Dogs will curate the programing at the gallery, promising to focus on emerging local artists who specialize…
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