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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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FORBES // Playground Detroit Kicks Into Full Gear

 Some of the PLAYGROUND DETROIT family in front of the soon-to-be company headquarters, The Playground. Photo by Camera Jesus Something exciting is happening in Detroit. Though it’s absolutely true that a stroll through Downtown or even some of the city’s more historic districts, like Corktown, can be eerily quiet, if not downright lonely, especially for […]

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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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DAILY DETROIT // There’s a new playground coming for emerging artists to get together in Detroit

It’s sad but true. Detroit lacks a major infrastructure for the arts. Sure, there are established institutions such as the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Detroit Artists Market and the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit: MOCAD. They are great, but some of the city’s emerging artists, designers and musicians wonder where they can come together […]

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FOX2 DETROIT // Playground Detroit opening space in Eastern Market District

DETROIT (WJBK) – Playground Detroit is furthering efforts to support and promote Detroit talent by opening an event space in the Eastern Market District. Playground Detroit was founded by two Detroit friends who worked in the creative industry in New York City. Paulina Petkoski and Samantha Banks say, while they lived there, they were always […]

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CURBED // Playground Detroit to activate vacant storefront into gallery and event space

Many Detroit businesses and organizations pop-up in various locations before they find and commit to the right brick and mortar space. Playground Detroit, which supports creative talent in the city with events, exhibitions, a digital magazine, and more, has found their space on Gratiot. The location is a few blocks down from Eastern Market, between […]

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DETROIT NEWS // Playground Detroit uplifts artists, entrepreneurs

  Neon lights bounce off the walls. Beats pump in the background. The cocktails flow. Elite art collectors in suits and sleek dresses may come to mind when you think of a gallery showing, but the crowd of Detroit millennials at this exhibit arrive in jeans, baseball hats and leggings. The November pop-up event held […]

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DBUSINESS // Art Resource Playground Detroit Expands with New Gallery, Ecommerce Platform

In an effort to connect visitors to the city of Detroit’s art scene, a metro Detroit-native formed Playground Detroit, an event space and website resource featuring artist presentations and exhibits in Detroit’s Corktown neighborhood. After nearly a year in Corktown, the enterprise will move to a larger gallery space on the city’s east side. “A […]

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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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WXYZ // Detroit 20/20: People Making the Move from New York City to Detroit

WXYZ // From New York City to the Motor City, people are making the Motown move. WATCH THE VIDEO SEGMENT HERE. One of those companies is The Galapagos Art Space, a performance center and cultural stable in Brooklyn for nearly 20 years. Now, the space is in Detroit. “In New York, we had a building […]

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BROOKLYN PAPER // Instant gentrification: Detroiters bristle over Galapagos’s plan for art empire

Former Dumbo arts space Galapagos is barging into the Detroit area like it owns the place and could foster the same kind of gentrification it fled in Brooklyn, according to Motor City artists who are leery of the recent transplant. Galapagos decamped in December, citing rent increases from landlord Two Trees, which had offered it […]

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