Artists with Impact

Matthew Conboy with a newborn collector at St. Clair Hospital

Start With Art gives Pittsburgh newborns a baby step toward culture

Most adults could tell you where they acquired their first piece of art: a local shop, a tiny gallery in a seaside town in Italy, the IKEA clearance bin. Not many people began their collections as...


Lenka Clayton

Lenka Clayton, An Artist in Residence in Motherhood

Since 1860, in the afterglow of the Industrial Revolution and on the eve of the Civil War, the number of working mothers has risen 800 percent. For as long as women in contemporary Western society...


Scott Galloway

100 Words Film Festival is a democratizing film fest for the Twitter generation

In today’s 140-character cultural climate, it can be quite a challenge to hold an audience’s attention. The 100 Words Film Festival in Charlotte, which made its debut last November, is a...


Joi Sears

Joi Sears leads the Theatre for the Free People on the world's stage

Joi Sears is a lot of things; stationary isn’t one of them. She started out as a dancer, starting with the Cincinnati Ballet then moving on to the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre in New York...


Adam Buehler

Reach Studio reaches artists homeless and in transition, treating them as artists first

Art therapy is a well-established practice that uses the creative process to help improve a person’s physical, mental, and emotional well-being. RedLine Denver, an “urban laboratory”...


Jonathan Harwell-Dye

Jonathan Harwell-Dye helps the Macon Arts Alliance get a seat at the table

Jonathan Harwell-Dye’s career in the arts didn’t start out in the most obvious way. The Director of Communications for the Macon Arts Alliance began as a science illustration major at the...


Rocio Cabello and Renny Molenaar

iMPeRFeCT Gallery celebrates artists with commitment and the collision of high and low art

The concept of “perfection” in the art world is almost impossible to attain, yet that doesn’t stop artists from trying or critics from criticizing. It was the rejection of this...


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...


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...


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...