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Travel + Leisure // Detroit’s Shinola Hotel Just Curated the Perfect Weekend Escape

Two days packed with Detroit excellence. BY STACEY LEASCA JANUARY 29, 2021 CREDIT: EMILY BERGER/COURTESY OF SHINOLA HOTEL Detroit is ready for you to come back to enjoy everything the city has to offer, with an especially warm welcome by Bedrock Detroit and the Shinola Hotel. Bedrock Detroit, a full-service commercial real estate firm, launched its new initiative, “Decked out Detroit,” […]

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Knight Foundation Announces 62 Knight Arts Challenge Detroit finalists

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation named 62 Knight Arts Challenge Detroit finalists (including PLAYGROUND DETROIT) today for a share of $2 million to bring their ideas to life. The finalists propose a range of artistic projects that tell unique Detroit stories, spotlight the city’s history and culture, and connect people to their […]

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Livability // 8 Reasons You Need to Check Out Detroit’s Arts Scene Right Now

From joyous art installations to world-class museums to underground galleries, Detroit is buzzing with creative energy. Original Article By Claire Hannum on January 17, 2019 09:00 AM F After all the city has been through, “creative” isn’t always the first descriptor that comes to mind when you hear the word “Detroit” — but maybe it should be. With […]

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Hour Detroit Magazine // State of the Arts

PHOTOGRAPHS BY JOSH SCOTT, Published: August 31, 2018 2018 KRESGE PANELISTS FROM LEFT: LISA ROSE LAMARRE WILMOT, ARA TOPOUZIAN, BILLICIA HINES, JUANITA ANDERSON, BILLY MARK. PHOTOGRAPHED IN EASTERN MARKET In the past few years, Detroit has been nationally recognized as an ideal setting for creatives to thrive. Outstate artists are envious over the region’s affordable housing, […]

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Knight Foundation // KNIGHT FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES 53 FINALISTS IN 2018 KNIGHT ARTS CHALLENGE

DETROIT—Aug. 23, 2018—The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation today named 53 Detroit Knight Arts Challenge finalists, who are all vying for a share of $3 million. The community-wide initiative funds ideas that engage and enrich Detroit through the arts. The finalists propose a range of projects that tell unique Detroit stories, bring the […]

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Artsy // 8 Detroit Galleries Fueling the City’s Creative Community

Detroit certainly hasn’t had an easy decade since the financial crash of 2008 and subsequent housing crisis—indeed, the city filed for bankruptcy in 2013, and has since struggled to get back on its feet. But both its residents and recent transplants are resilient. Detroit’s tight-knit art community, in particular, has banded together to create a […]

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MetroTimes // Why Paulina Petkoski and Samantha Bankle Schefman decided to go all in on Detroit artists

The Curators By Jerilyn Jordan @JerilynJordanC Noah Elliott Morrison, Featured image credit Fate played a role in Playground Detroit founders Samantha Bankle Schefman and Paulina Petkoski’s eventual partnership which has, since conception, resulted in close to $200,000 a year in the pockets of local emerging artists. Formed in 2012, Playground Detroit operates as an independent gallery and […]

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THE SOUTH END // Playground Detroit to launch artist space in Eastern Market

In 2012, Paulina Petkoski and Samantha Schefman launched Playground Detroit, a company targeted to promote and consult with music and visual artists in Detroit. This year, they plan on opening a permanent space in Eastern Market. Previously, Petkoski and Schefman worked out of New York, and then out of a residential loft in Detroit. With […]

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LULULEMON FEATURED ARTIST: OUIZI DEBUTS COMMISSION & ARTWORK AT THE SOMERSET COLLECTION

PLAYGROUND DETROIT has collaborated with lululemon athletica to curate and manage the pilot of bi-monthly featured artist series for their newly renovated retail location. This series will feature rotating commissioned artwork from top Detroit-based talent on the community chalkboard and a rotating selection of original artworks for sale. In return, the initiative allows lululemon athletica […]

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BREAKOUT.TODAY // Meet the makers of the Detroit-New York art pipeline.

When Paulina Petkoski and Samantha Banks Schefman went on TV, they brought one of their artists with them. While they spoke, he painted. It was a crafty way to share Detroit art with the world. Paulina and Sam’s mission is to do just that. It’s an important one because, as Paulina implies in the clip, […]

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ARTIST OPEN CALL: FALL 2016 ARTIST RESIDENCY WITH PLAYGROUND DETROIT AT PONYRIDE

PLAYGROUND DETROIT has partnered with Ponyride to facilitate a new artist residency program providing artists with an incubator space to create excellent artwork in a dynamic environment within the Detroit creative community. This residency simultaneously hosts one Detroit-based artist and one visiting artist who are provided with private live/work space and co-working area at Ponyride in […]

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WDET // Return Mission: Playground Detroit Bolsters Local Art Market

Just a few years back, Detroit-natives Paulina Petkoski and Samantha Banks were creatively hustling in the fashion capital of North America, New York City, pursuing careers in design and fashion. But they both had eyes on artistic happening back in their hometown. Soon, Banks and Petkoski were Midwest ex-pats, reppin’ the Motor City at every […]

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