PLAYGROUND DETROIT is proud to be participate in Detroit Startup Week with a panel discussion from leaders in the arts community on “Strengthening Arts Infrastructure in Detroit.” This discussion allows key members of the creative startup community to discuss challenges, various strategies and current needs to strengthen and empower the talent in art + design in Detroit.
How will development of the city value artists and out-of-the-box thinkers in an equitable way? What does the community of creative start-ups need to sustain, retain, develop and attract creative talent? What are current issues that artistic organizations, businesses and individuals are experiencing?
Paulina Petkoski, PLAYGROUND DETROIT
Taylor Renee Aldridge, ARTS.BLACK
Ash Arder, Creative Many
Melvin Henley, Detroit Creative Corridor Center
Jon Dones, Studio Teal
Roula David, Inner State Gallery
Michael-Stone Richards, Detroit Research Journal
Watch the full panel discussion recorded at Detroit Startup Week at the Detroit Masonic Temple!
Arts.Black is a journal of art criticism from Black perspectives predicated on the belief that art criticism should be an accesible dialogue – a tool through which we question, celebrate, and talk back to the global world of contemporary art. The journal is edited by Taylor Renee and Jessica Lynne.
Taylor Renee Aldridge received her M.L.A from Harvard University in Museum Studies. She received her B.A from Howard University in Art History and Business Administration. Taylor has worked at the The Ethelbert Cooper Gallery of African & African American Art (Harvard University), and has been awarded with the Goldman Sachs Junior Fellowship at The National Museum of American History (Smithsonian Institutions).
Taylor’s interests lie at the intersection of cultural institutions, cultural representation, arts, and policy. In 2015, she co-founded ARTS.BLACK, an online publication for art criticism from black perspectives predicated on the belief that art criticism should be an accessible dialogue – a tool through which we question, celebrate and talk back to the global world of contemporary art.
Michael Stone-Richards is Professor in Critical Theory and Visual Studies at the College for Creative Studies. He is also a co-founder of Detroit Research which is jointly published with CCS.
Detroit Research is a new journal of practice and artist research for Detroit exploring social practice, ceramics, choreography, music, performance, and critical theory. Detroit Research seeks to be a forum for presenting and reflecting upon some of the most challenging post-studio and studio practices emerging in Detroit and to cultivate a critical language for talking about such practices within a national and international framework. Each issue of the journal will have a guest editor and a featured artist as well as work devoted to artist research, and each issue will contain a reflection upon a historically important Detroit journal. Detroit Research will appear in Spring and Fall of each year.
Ash Arder works as a Cultural Strategist + Producer for Creative Many. Arder is also a visual artist, using a combination of hand-made and found materials to create sculptural objects and installations exploring the relationship between people, objects and place.
Creative Many is a statewide organization that develops creative people, creative places and the creative economy for a competitive Michigan through research, advocacy, professional practice and communications.
Melvin Henley is Program Manager of Creative Co. and has joined the DC3 team as part of the Detroit Revitalization Felllows Program. Born and raised in Chicago, Melvin earned his bachelor’s in journalism and public relations at Drake University and a master’s in arts and culture management from Queen Margaret University in the UK. Much to the surprise of his friends and family, Melvin decided he wanted to pursue a career in the creative sector his sophomore year of college. A self-described “global professional,” Melvin is passionate about promoting intercultural dialogue and creative/cultural diversity both in and out of work.
The Detroit Creative Corridor Center (DC3) is metropolitan Detroit’s creative industries advocacy organization. It provides the leadership, resources, exposure, data and analytics necessary to elevate the economic output and social impact of Detroit’s creative economy. Its vision is to grow creative sector jobs in the Detroit region and to establish Detroit as a recognized global center for design, creativity and innovation.
The Detroit Creative Corridor Center (DC3) is a joint initiative between Business Leaders for Michigan and the College for Creative Studies. It receives funding from the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, The Kresge Foundation, Surdna Foundation, New Economy Initiative for Southeast Michigan, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, fee-based consulting work and a variety of corporate partners.
Jon Dones is the Founder and Creative Director/Brand Strategist of Studio Teal & Culture Engineer. He is also a Nightlife Designer for Haute to Death, which includes deejaying, ambiance for private events, music supervision, and event consulting. His ambitions include fostering emerging and established talents and help them tell their stories, to make the creative life belief system a viable and profitable way of life and help creatives and brands work together to tell their stories in new, interesting and profitable ways. Other passions include exploring Detroit and dreaming of ways to make it a better place to live and work, traveling, collecting and mixing records.
Studio Teal is a boutique Design & Strategy firm that specializes in branding, content development and marketing strategy. We help our clients develop sustainable marketing practices that earn cultural capital, favorability, and loyalty. Our holistic and human-centered approach asserts your brand’s unique position in culture by cultivating a visceral, verbal and visual lexicon that weaves together your story, point of view and competitive advantage.
Roula David is currently the COO of 1xRUN, Gallery Director of Inner State Gallery and Festival Director of Murals in the Market. As Chief Operating Officer, she manages 1xRUN’s staff and the Inner State Gallery. David moved to Detroit in 2011 to work as the marketing manager for Red Bull in Michigan and established the Red Bull House of Art Program in Eastern Market. She comes from experience as an entrepreneur, founding Cincinnati, Ohio’s short-lived but beloved “space-age diner,” Vinyl.
After joining 1xRUN in 2014, Roula has headed up the company’s Creative Services department which pairs 1xRUN’s artists with different projects.Inner State Gallery is Detroit’s premier art gallery for established and emerging artists, from Detroit and across the globe. Located in Eastern Market, Inner State Gallery has exhibited the work of local artists Glenn Barr, Camilo Pardo and Tyree Guyton, as well as international street artists Nychos, Askew, Ben Frost and Meggs. The 10,000 square foot building is home to two exhibition spaces, an artist residency program, a print studio and the gallery’s publishing company 1xRun.
Paulina Petkoski is co-founder and Executive Director of PLAYGROUND DETROIT, a contemporary arts organization. She is also the founding Style Editor of Grand Circus Magazine, a biannual Detroit culture urbanism print magazine and a Detroit-based womenswear fashion designer, consultant and stylist. She recieved her BFA in International Fashion Design from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, in addition to studying abroad for a year at the Polimoda International Institute of Design in Florence, Italy. She has experience working for American designers such as Isaac Mizrahi, Diane von Furstenberg and Pamella Roland. Most recently she worked for Rachel Roy as an Associate Designer and since returned to Detroit to begin to work on the launch her own collection.
About Startup Week
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