Author: Nicole Rupersburg

Sam White

Sam White makes the Bard's enduring themes on the human condition relevant to Detroiters

Shakespeare…in Detroit? Sam White not only thought it could happen, but also that it should. So, in 2012, she founded Shakespeare in Detroit. White – an actor, comedian, journalist, marketer,...


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...


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...


John Haywood

John Haywood re-paints the narrative of what it means to be Appalachian and to be an artist

John Haywood grew up in the Appalachian region of southeastern Kentucky with dreams of becoming a rock star. But mountain folk don’t become rock stars. Mountain folk don’t even go to...


Thomas Armour Youth Ballet students

It takes a ballet company: Thomas Armour Youth Ballet teaches life skills along with dance

The Thomas Armour Youth Ballet (TAYB) was established over 60 years ago in 1951 by renowned classical ballet dancer, Thomas Armour. Originally called the Miami Ballet, the for-profit school and...


Joan Vorderbruggen

Joan Vorderbruggen is the one-woman powerhouse behind Minneapolis's Made Here

There’s really no better word that can be used to accurately describe Joan Vorderbruggen than “dynamic.” Vorderbruggen has a dynamic personality that she is able to use to lead...


Jonathan Sears

PAR Projects is building a home for arts education and programming in Cincinnati's Northside

Things don’t always work out the way you plan, but they do tend to work out the way they’re supposed to. Jonathan Sears is the co-founder of Professional Artistic Research (PAR) Projects,...


Beth Rutkowski

GroundWorks builds movement from the ground up

GroundWorks Dance Theatre is a contemporary dance company founded in 1998 by Artistic Director David Shimotakahara. The company primarily splits its performance time between Akron and Cleveland with a...


Jessie Rommelt

Bunker Projects is an experimental gallery and live/work space for artists to engage the community

Artists Jessie Rommelt, Abagail Beddall, and Cecilia Ebitz all graduated from Penn State University in 2011. The three friends decided to head over to Pittsburgh afterwards, the closest city with an...


April Denée

April Denée is the mother of BUSK!

“Busking” refers to artists performing in public places for tips. Unfortunately, “busking” all too often gets mistaken for begging, and buskers are treated by the police and...


Viviane Le Courtois

Viviane Le Courtois creates processes and Processus

Viviane Le Courtois is a Denver-based multi-media artist from Brittany, France. Her work ranges from etchings and drawings to video to interactive installation pieces that go outside of the studio and...


Andrew Simonet

Artists U teaches artists how to make a life

The hardest thing about making a life as an artist is actually making a life as an artist. That’s where Artists U comes in. Andrew Simonet is a choreographer and a writer who directed the...


Floco Torres

Floco Torres is a self-made man in Macon

What do you do on your lunch break? Rush out the office door to grab something from the nearest fast food joint or food truck you can find? Order take-out from a nearby restaurant to eat at your desk?...


Lauren Reskin

Gonna Make You Sweat: Sweat Records promotes Miami's independent, local music scene

It’s impossible to talk about the arts in Miami without mentioning Art Basel – how does this or that scene/event compare to Art Basel and how does it contrast; does it “fit in”...


Terry Blackhawk

Terry Blackhawk teaches Detroit kids the power of poetry through the InsideOut Literary Arts Project

InsideOut Literary Arts Project started out as so many other well-intended projects do: as an idea that didn’t quite seem realistic enough to become reality. Until it did. It is worth quoting...


Yvonne Escalante

Of corn and men: Yvonne Escalante explores themes of social and environmental justice through corn

Corn: it’s a rather pedestrian agricultural product. Chances are, you probably don’t think too much about corn as you go about your daily life. You buy ears of corn for your summer...


Ta-coumba Aiken

Public art as social activism: Ta-coumba Aiken creates art that heals the heart and soul

Ta-coumba Aiken grew up in Evanston, Illinois during the peak of the Civil Rights Movement, the rise of the Black Panther Party and Black Power, and the prominence of the NAACP’s civil rights...


Lisa Hoffman

The McColl Center offers urban residencies to socially-conscious artists

What is “environmental art”? Specifically, environmental art is public art that mitigates some sort of environmental issue at its location site. But in a more general sense, environmental...


Sara Ansell

The Porch Light Program takes the transformative power of art to the streets

The Porch Light Program is a program of the City of Philadelphia’s Mural Arts, a citywide transformative arts project that has been ongoing for 30 years. Porch Light takes the idea of the...


Joey Stuckey

Joey Stuckey is a blind musician who teaches people how to hear

Joey Stuckey is a recording artist, a recording engineer and producer, a radio personality, a television host, and an educator. He is also blind. The latter part is important not because it impairs...


Ismail Al-Amin

A new rep for rap: Keepers of the Art educates as it entertains

Rap has a bad rep. What started out as a way for young black and brown kids in the Bronx in the 1970s to have a voice and share what was going on in their community has been co-opted and diluted by...