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Satori Shakoor performs at the Charles H. Wright Museum

Detroit's storytellers on why the medium brings people closer together

Satori Shakoor and Cornetta Lane are creating platforms for Detroiters to experience the power of storytelling. And Model D and NEI will be holding our own storytelling event (hosted by Shakoor) on Feb. 16.

Members of the Detroit School of Arts jazz ensemble

These organizations are keeping Detroit's jazz legacy alive by teaching it to the city's youth

Several institutions in the city are making sure that if a young person loves to play jazz, they have access to education, performance, practice spaces, and most importantly, a sense that they belong in the jazz community.

Miryam Johnson

Dance instructor Miryam Johnson, 25, connects dancing to her students' history and life

For the next entry in our emerging leaders series, we profile Miryam Johnson, a dancer and teaching artist with Living Arts who looks for ways to use dance to address larger issues with her students. 

Raymond Underwood, winner of the Hagopian Rug Design Contest

"You can't just talk about race anywhere": Detroit youth explore race through the arts

A plethora of art programs across the city offer young Detroiters rich, textured avenues for artistic expression about contemporary racial, cultural, and social justice issues.

Jamii Tata

More than words: How a DIY literary culture enriches the North End

The North End is home to a vibrant collection of writers, poets, storytellers, and literary advocates imbuing the neighborhood with their artistry. 

Billy Mark

The improvisational, and confrontational, work of performance artist and poet Billy Mark

Using silence and strange characters, Billy Mark has been challenging audiences in Detroit since moving here in 2013. 

Flint Water Project by Pope.L at What Pipeline

Selling Flint's water? Art installation raises funds and awareness for Flint, Detroit water victims

The "Flint Water Project," a multifaceted installation/performance piece by the Chicago-based artist William Pope.L currently on view at What Pipeline, seeks to raise $100,000 for charity by bottling and selling water from Flint.

Human Eye at the Trumbullplex

Record shops, cafes, and cooperatives: a guide to metro Detroit's underground music venues

For all of the legendary clubs and hip new bars in metro Detroit, there's a lot of music happening well outside the radar of casual music fans. Here's some of our favorite underground places to catch live music. 

Ingrid LaFleur

Black to Detroit: Imaginative artistic movement Afrofuturism takes root in Detroit

Afrofuturism is an artistic and philosophic movement centered around blackness in science fiction. And Detroit is a major hub in the genre. 

W. David Tarver

Voices: Entrepreneur and engineer on what happens when your dream dies

W. David Tarver thought he had invented a new and improved synthesizer beloved by Stevie Wonder. But neither of those things were true. In this personal essay, he talks about coming to grips with a failed invention he spent years perfecting. 

Colleen Cartwright facilitates a workshop a the Matrix School of Theatre

Michigan Nightlight Voices: Inclusive inquiry through drama

In her role as the director of education at Matrix Theatre Company, Colleen Cartwright has seen numerous students of all ages go through the life-changing experience of creating a collaborative play in a safe space. 

Audra Kubat

Detroit songwriter Audra Kubat helps youth find their voice

The singer/songwriter, who's been working with youth in schools to develop their musical voice, is releasing her first album in a decade in a series of shows at the DIA.

Comic books at a vendor display

The Detroit comic con that's changing perceptions of race in comics

A lot more people are making the pilgrimage to Detroit this fall to attend MECCA, a black-centric celebration of geekdom and creativity.

Mosaic in Clark Park

Young creatives strengthen neighborhoods through art, community-driven funding

The resident-driven grant program, Community Connections, has helped fund numerous initiatives focused on uplifting Detroit's youth. 

From "The Radicalization Process"

Meet the Hinterlands, your friendly neighborhood theater revolutionaries

The vivid, boundary-stretching productions the Hinterlands creates are wonders to behold that reflect an unusually profound engagement with their subject matter. 
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