Detroit

ComiqueCon celebrates women in comics

The #MeToo movement may have become a cultural phenomenon in 2017, but the seeds of it were already very much planted prior to the election of Donald Trump. And just as Trump’s election brought...


From Derry to Detroit, Éist works to address trauma and healing through art, culture, and media

Éist – pronounced “aysht” – is an Irish Gaelic word that means “to listen.” It is also the name of a Detroit-based organization sponsored by Allied Media Projects that...


Announcing IdeaLab:Westwood in Denver on April 17!

IdeaLab is rooted in the notion that everyone is capable of being part of a movement, based around events that cross-pollinate local and national experts, create new opportunities for community...


Creative Exchange Call for Toolkits!

As the national program of Springboard for the Arts, Creative Exchange hosts free, practical toolkits created by artists and arts organizations along with our editorial work sharing the stories and...


An "American Riad" in Detroit

A “riad” is a traditional Moroccan style of housing featuring either a house with an interior garden or town houses built around a central courtyard. The latter promotes a community of...


Art on the Block and NOIS envision economic power for the people in Southwest Detroit

Amelia Duran was born into a family with a strong heritage of activism in Southwest Detroit, a predominantly Latin American neighborhood. Her mother’s family has roots in the area that date back to...


Mariachi Femenil Detroit combats machismo and promotes female musicians

Maria Contreras-Cantu didn’t necessarily set out to become a business owner or cultural organizer when her children began attending Detroit Public Schools. With a background in social justice,...


5 Questions with Creative Exchange: What we have learned from our artists

Since August 2016, Creative Exchange has been asking each of our Artists With Impact a series of five questions, which appear at the end of every profile. We did this to create a thread of continuity...


Whithervanes track fear in the media

History will ultimately decide how future generations look back on the 2016 election cycle and general social climate of this time, but there is little question that one of the biggest antagonists in...


Carrie Morris

Carrie Morris Arts Production uses experimental puppetry to narrate people's stories

Carrie Morris Arts Production uses performing objects and experimental theatre to tell stories. In other words, puppetry. But this isn’t the soft, plushy children’s puppetry of Sesame Street...


2 Years of Creative Exchange!

It’s hard to believe, but Creative Exchange just turned 2! The platform was launched in March of 2014 in response to the question, “How do we support a movement around the power of local art and...


1xRUN

1xRUN is the future of art

In November 2015, 1xRUN (one-time-run) celebrated its fifth anniversary of delivering limited-edition time-released prints through its e-commerce store. 1xRUN is the world’s leading publisher of...


Artists can be the "connective tissue" of a neighborhood -- but first they need a place to live

On any given day, Quest Skinner may be transforming her latest conversation with a neighbor into a vibrant painting. “My art is an expression of the people I meet,” explains...


Chelsea Radgens

ARTLAB J moves with Detroit

Detroit might not be the first city you think about as having a significant dance presence, but you should really think again. Between major performance theaters like the Detroit Opera...


Devon Akmon

Arab American National Museum is the first and only museum of its kind

The metro Detroit area is an area rich with cultural institutions that celebrate the heritage, history, legacy, and continued contributions of artistic, cultural, and intellectual...


Jen Cole

Sharing, Building, Leading

What does the passion for local art look like on a national scale? What if the sharing economy valued sharing?          What can we do to connect people to resources that support their...


Morgan WIllis

Allied Media Conference incorporates all varieties of media to incite social change

This is the first in a series of artist profiles featuring the work of artists around social justice, policing, and activism. Look for more profiles in the coming weeks.  The Allied Media...


Detroit Youth Volume students

Detroit Youth Volume inspires east side kids with no-cost violin lessons

Detroit Youth Volume, the only program in the city to offer no-cost violin lessons using a special training known as the Suzuki Method, has an innovative ethic that makes learning to...


The Mothership

O.N.E. Mile project hopes to bring new model of revitalization to Detroit's North End

When the Oakland North End (O.N.E.) Mile Project arrived in Detroit, the revitalization concept landed seemingly from outer space—on a “Mothership,” explains designer Anya Sirota,...


Marche du Nain Rouge

Francis Grunow leads the charge for Detroit to "blame it on the Nain"

It’s an idea that was born over beers, as the greatest ideas so often are. Somewhere in the cold winter months between 2009 and 2010, Francis Grunow took a break from writing a...


Haleem Rasul

Haleem Rasul is teaching the world to Jit

Haleem “Stringz” Rasul is a dancer, designer, and filmmaker born and raised in Detroit. The dancers in his family were on his father’s side, and Rasul was inspired by his late cousin...


Romeo and Juliet

Valuing Artists, In All Senses of the Word

You may have read that the rise of the creative entrepreneur is leading to the death of the artist. That’s not our experience. We’ve had the pleasure of meeting and working with people in...


Creative Interventions Tour, Detroit

Hunter Franks: Reflections on the 2014 Creative Interventions Tour

“My parents said if you have a boy he will wrestle; that is what he will do,” Lisa remarked, referring to her son Martaz. I had just met Martaz and Lisa a week before, as they participated in my...


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,...


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...


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...


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,...


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...


Satori Shakoor

How storytelling heals and strengthens communities

In April of 2014, Damian Woetzel and the Aspen Institute Arts Program convened a Strategy Group in Detroit. This convening brought together local and national experts: artists and leaders in arts,...