New coworking space catering to artists opening on Detroit’s east side

When she was in her 20s, Denise Moore was deeply engaged with her artwork, mainly landscapes. Then “life happened,” as she puts it. Now 30 years later, she’s not only getting back into art but creating a space for other artists with her new art gallery and coworking space in East English Village.

ZAB Cultural Collective at 16927 E. Warren Ave. is a space where “creatives can come and collaborate with other artists,” Moore says. ZAB will also offer workshops, classes, performances, spoken word poetry, which all are services “that a lot of people in our neighborhood probably can't have access to … (and we want to make everything really affordable. As far as the, uh, the events that we have in the workshops and things like that.”

Beyond the office area, there’s a performance space and gallery where member artists can have their own exhibitions.

In addition to the artists’ amenities, ZAB Cultural Collective will have the typical coworking features, such as desks to use for the day, dedicated desks, and free coffee, tea, water, and WiFi.

Moore says she created the space because she saw a need for it in the community.

“It seemed like (art space) was something that was missing. I know there's coworking spaces all over Detroit, mostly downtown area, but in this space I wanted something for the residents to come and do their thing too,” says the Morningside resident.

ZAB Cultural Collective art gallery and coworking space will celebrate its grand opening from 12-5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24. For more information, check out the event on Facebook.


Read more articles by Dorothy Hernandez.

Dorothy Hernandez is managing editor of Model D. Prior to joining Issue Media Group, she was a food journalism fellow with Feet in Two Worlds and WDET and has contributed to NPR, Thrillist, Eater, and a variety of other local and national publications. Visit her website and follow her on Twitter @dorothy_lynn_h.
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