Detroit

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...


Laura Zabel

Welcome to Creative Exchange (again)

“I believe in the magic of storytelling, not only for teller but also the listener,” says agrarian artist Nikiko Masumoto, who lives and works in California’s Central Valley....


The FAME Shop

Clement Brown, Jr. celebrates Fashion, Arts, Music & Entertainment in an underserved area of Detroit

The west side neighborhood around the intersection of Joy Rd. and Meyers in Detroit can be a tough place, but theFAME Shop, located at 10608 Joy Road, is a brightening presence. FAME...


Power House

How public art builds safer, stronger neighborhoods

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,...


Sphinx Organization

Afa Dworkin seeks to transform lives through the power of diversity in the arts

In 1996, when the Sphinx Organization was first founded, only three percent of orchestras around the nation represented those of Latino and colored descent. That number...


Power House Productions

Mitch Cope and Gina Reichert are the power duo behind Power House Productions

The first time most people heard the words “Power” and “House” attached to the names Mitch Cope and Gina Reichert was in fall of September 2008, when the...


Literary Detroit

Anna Clark sees the future of a Literary Detroit

Last year, Anna Clark received an email from Anne Trubek, an author from Cleveland whom she had interviewed in 2010 for a blog feature. Since then, Trubek had gone on to...


Satori Shakoor

Satori Shakoor and the power of telling true stories

Stories heal. They provoke. They reassure.  When told in the intimate setting of The Secret Society of Twisted Storytellers at the Charles H. Wright Museum of...


Mosaic Youth Theatre

How the arts inspire change in Detroit

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,...


Sidewalk Festival of Performing Arts

Ryan Myers-Johnson founded Sidewalk Festival of Performing Arts to showcase alternative arts

When Ryan Myers-Johnson left Detroit after graduating from the Detroit School of Arts in 1999, she was already planning her return.   At first she didn’t go far — just...


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...


Liza Bielby and Richard Newman

Experimental performance group The Hinterlands explores the outer limits of identity

In contemporary usage, “hinterland” is defined as “an area beyond what is visible or known.” And this is why Richard Newman and Liza Bielby named their experimental performance...