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Have an opinion that you’re scared to speak? Do you see something happening in your community that you’d like to address without fear of judgment? The Truth Booth is a great place to do just that.

The free public event is hosted by the Cause Collective and will be in different locations around Metro Detroit from July 31 through August 13.

The Truth Booth is a giant inflatable sculpture in the shape of a cartoon speech bubble with the word “Truth” printed on the side. Inside the speech bubble, visitors are prompted to record their responses in video format to the prompt “The truth is…”

The Truth Booth removes the social stigma and fear that often comes with speaking out against social norms or hot button issues. During this event, the Cause Collective aims to empower communities in Detroit and Flint to speak freely without fear of judgment or persecution.

It’s the brainchild of Ryan Alexiev, Jim Ricks, Will Sylvester, and Hank Willis Thomas. Operating as a team of artists, designers and ethnographers, they work to bring thoughtful, interactive and engaging projects into local communities here and abroad. In this project, they are particularly interested in transforming public spaces into sites for candor and intimacy.

The Truth Booth started in 2011 at the Galway Arts Center in Galway Ireland. Over the summer, it toured the country extensively. The project has since traveled to Afghanistan and Cape Town, South Africa.

This stop in Detroit is just one of 24 stops in U.S. cities as part of the Cause Collective’s project In Search of the Truth (The Truth Booth).

The dates, locations, and times of these events in Metro Detroit are:

  • 7/31: Bloomfield Hills, MI (at Cranbook Art Museum, 39221 Woodward Ave.), 11am-5pm
  • 8/2: Detroit, MI (at Detroit Institute of Arts, 5200 Woodward Ave.), 9am-4pm
  • 8/3: Dearborn, MI (at Arab American National Museum, 13624 Michigan Ave.), 10am-6pm
  • 8/4: Detroit, MI (at Banglatown Neighborhood, 13133 Klinger St.), Noon-7pm
  • 8/5: Detroit, MI (at the “For the Love of Osborn” Neighborhood Parade, 13560 McNichols E), 11am-4pm
  • 8/6: Detroit, MI (at Sidewalk Festival for the Performance Arts, 22001 Grand River Ave.),2pm-9pm
  • 8/7: Detroit, MI (at the Heidelberg Project, 3600 Heidelberg St.), 10am-5pm
  • 8/9: Detroit, MI (at GM Plaza on the Riverfront, 300 Atwater St.), 10am-5pm
  • 8/10: Flint, MI (at the Hispanic Technology & Community Center of Greater Flint, 2101 Lewis St.), 10am-6pm
  • 8/11: Flint, MI (at the Hasselbring Park Senior Center, 1002 W. Home Ave.), 10am-5pm
  • 8/12: Flint, MI (at MW Gallery, 815 S. Saginaw St.), Noon-9pm
  • 8/13: Detroit, MI (at Clark Park, 1130 Clark Ave.), 11am-5pm