Artists with Impact

Pilar Agüero-Esparza

Pilar Agüero-Esparza is an artist, teacher, and mother who explores themes of labor and domesticity

It is natural for artists to continuously return back to recurring themes in their work throughout their career, and Pilar Agüero-Esparza is no exception. Agüero-Esparza is a visual artist based in...


Ariana Hernandez-Reguant and Ernesto Oroza

HICCUP creates positive disruption to bring visibility to Hialeah

The souvenir is as much a time-honored vacation tradition as is taking photos standing awkwardly next to world-renowned historic landmarks and tuning out the kids in the backseat as they continually...


Toni Pierce-Sands and Uri Sands

TU Dance makes modern dance accessible to a diverse community in St. Paul

TU Dance, a professional dance company and dance education center located in St. Paul, was founded by Uri Sands and Toni Pierce-Sands in 2004. Initially called Space TU Embrace, the organization...


MBAD African Bead Museum

Olayami Dabls is the owner of the MBAD African Bead Museum, a major repository for African artifacts

Olayami Dabls hardly needs to give visitors directions to his MBAD African Bead Museum, although its Grand River and Tireman location is tucked away off I-96, a short drive from the city’s...


N'Namdi Center for Contemporary Art

N'Namdi Center for Contemporary Art is dedicated to enlightenment through the arts

Art doesn’t follow development, says George N’Namdi. Development follows art. And he should know. In addition to running his N’Namdi Center for Contemporary Art, George...


Marsha Music and David Philpot

Marsha Music is a writer, community organizer, and lifelong Detroiter

An interesting counter-story has emerged to the national cliché of Detroit-as-post-industrial-wasteland recently – one of a “new Detroit” rife with young, educated,...


Dell Pryor Gallery

Mother and daughter Dell and Sharon Pryor are among Detroit's earliest art and cultural ambassadors

Tulani Rose and the Del Pryor Gallery occupy the large, orangish brick corner of Willis Street and Cass Avenue, an original anchor of now hip Willis Street, in Midtown. With few...


The Raiz Up

Antonio Cosme is a young artist, activist, and social organizer in Southwest Detroit

Antonio Cosme is working on a mural. But before any brush touches paint, before any pencil hits a pad, Cosme has meetings to attend, books to read. The new mural will go up in Delray, “essentially...


Erik Urycki

Erik Urycki of The Speedbumps bolsters Northeast Ohio's singer-songwriter community

Erik Urycki is a singer, songwriter, and guitarist with the Akron-based indie folk band The Speedbumps. That’s his “day job,” at least; when he’s not writing for, playing or...


Barbara Luderowski

The Mattress Factory in Pittsburgh creates a world of immersive, interactive installation art

The Mattress Factory in Pittsburgh is a museum dedicated to installation art. But to put it that succinctly doesn’t nearly do it justice. More fittingly, the Mattress Factory in Pittsburgh is a...


Nathaniel Chaitkin

Bach and Boombox declassifies the classics, mixing the Beastie Boys with Beethoven

Nathaniel (“Nat”) Chaitkin grew up in the music world. Both of his parents were musicians and he grew up about a mile from the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York. “My...


Kirsten Stoltz

M12 Collective brings experiential art to the American High Plains

M12 is an artists’ collective based in Byers, Colorado, a rural town in the American High Plains. The work of the collective inhabits rural places, and explores the aesthetics of those rural...


Gayle Isa

Asian Arts Initiative shepherds community engagement and integration in Philly's Chinatown North

Gayle Isa started working at the Painted Bride Art Center in Philadelphia in 1993. This was in the aftermath of the infamous Rodney King verdict and the riots in Los Angeles that followed. Racial...


Charles Ladson

Charles Ladson is a painter who rediscovered his home in Macon

Like so many other artists, Charles Ladson had an interest in art and painting at an early age but didn’t think it was something he could pursue as a career. Ladson’s granddad and mom were...


Erik Howard

Erik Howard brings the corner and the community together in unlikely ways through The Alley Project

To read the abundance of news coverage coming out of Detroit over the last few years heralding the downtrodden city as a hotbed of creativity and innovation, attracting young creatives and start-up...


Nikiko Masumoto

Nikiko Masumoto cultivates connections between the art of food and farming and stories of place

Nikiko Masumoto is a farmer, and also an artist. Contrary what people might assume about these two different aspects of her life, they are not at odds with each other. In fact, each one informs the...


Anderman became a full-time art photographer after working as a geologist.

Eye in the Sky: Evan Anderman captures images of the Colorado plains from above

Most local lens-folk point their cameras west to the Rockies. Evan Anderman likes to cast his gaze east — and down. “I was born and raised in Denver and spent a lot of time out [on the...


Cleo Parker Robinson: Denver's modern dance pioneer

Cleo Parker Robinson grew up in Five Points, where her company resides today, and has been immersed in the mystique of the arts since birth — her mother played with the San Diego Symphony and...


The Nix Bros.'

The Nix Bros. are weaving web of laughter in Denver

By their own admission, and even though they’re three years apart in age, brothers Evan and Adam Nix — the imaginative forces behind Nix Bros. Films — became movie nerds at roughly...


Andrew Novick posing with a model from his Blood Lustre photography exhibit.

The weird world of Andrew Novick: Blood, pancakes and punk rock

“If I’m not back in a few hours,” I said to my husband on an otherwise ordinary Saturday, “let the police know I was having coffee with the man who makes art out of human...


Pieces for a new project sit on the table while the women crochet.

Ladies Fancywork Society of Denver is painting the town in thread

In early April, Denverites were devastated when the iconic Big Blue Bear leaning against the Colorado Convention Center was seen sporting an unwelcome splatter of green paint down its back after an...


 Williams inspires the DIY ethic in our local community by offering workshops.

Life Hacks with Mar Williams

Some people wear their hearts on their sleeves, but Marlana Williams — Mar, for short — prefers to wear her hacks on her sleeves. Her tattoo sleeves, that is. The most surprising thing...


Brian Corrigan's

Meet Brian Corrigan, Denver's "Oh Heck Yeah" phenom

It was during an unlikely — and very cool — marriage of something Pong and Space Invaders-like in downtown Denver last year when Brian Corrigan had himself an “aha!” moment. ...


Jolt works in the GuerillaGarden.

Guerilla Gardening with Jolt, Denver Street Artist Deluxe

This is a story about a graffiti artist. A graffiti artist who, by his own admission, has found various additional outlets for his talent. He’s done commercial work, he’s been commissioned...


The Buntport Theater Company (left to right): Brian Colonna, Hannah Duggan, Erik Edborg, Evan Weissman and Erin Rollman.

Buntport Theatre Company is the kookiest and most inventive theater troupe in Denver

Wildly original. Brilliant. Intellectual nitrous oxide. Crazed creativity. Riotously funny. These phrases are just a small sampling of the breathy reviews of Denver’s own Buntport Theater...


Adam Lerner is the Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver.

Adam Lerner is mixing tastes at MCA Denver

Fact: MCA Denver Director Adam Lerner grew up in Queens, New York, in a family of Jewish immigrants who square danced competitively. As the youngest dancer at the AL’e’MO Squares...


A postcard showcasing Denver's skyline and sunshine.

If you heart local, you will love I Heart Denver

The idea of selling merchandise that celebrates a place is not new — especially along Denver’s 16th Street Mall. But Samuel Schimek has come up with a new and hip model for locally made...


ScrewTooth fundraiser performance with Adam Stone and Andrew Novick.

An artistic X-ray: Adam Stone and Screw Tooth

Screw Tooth Artistic Director Adam Stone will take the stage solo for his new original comedy, 2GD2B4G-10, a dramatic departure from the 17-member cast featured in his production company’s...


The itchy-O sound is a catchy mixture of percussion and  handmade electronic instruments.

Denver's itchy-O Marching Band: Chaos of the best variety

Imagine this: It’s late on a weekend night and Denverites are out and about. Maybe they’re hanging out at the latest hipster bar along South Broadway or enjoying an adult beverage at a...


Sarah Fox poses with a few of her art-campers.

Fox Art School raising bar for arts education in Denver

Fifteen to 20 kids assembled in an art gallery. All of them somewhere in the age range of 4 to 12. And a $10,000 painting hanging on the wall right over there. Not behind a pane of glass, or even...