I’ve served on the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s Board of Trustees for approximately one-and-a-half years. In that time I’ve become much more acquainted with the work of the DSO and I’m quite impressed with the vision for becoming an innovative, 21st century symphony. Currently, there are many exciting new projects in the works. Perhaps the one I am most excited about is Symphony in D, which is a new collaboration with Tod Machover from the MIT Media Lab. The goal ofRead More
The third biennial Art X Detroit returns on April 9. For the uninitiated: Art X Detroit: Kresge Arts Experience (AXD) is a 10-day festival of dance, literary, musical & theatrical performances, film screenings, visual arts installations, workshops, panel discussions & interactive experiences. AXD presents works created by the 2013-2014 Kresge Eminent Artists and Artist Fellows. AXD will be hosted at multiple venues throughout Midtown Detroit’s Cultural Center over a three-week period in April & is FREE to the public. AXDRead More
The Knight Arts Challenge has done an amazing job of investing in arts initiatives throughout the metropolitan Detroit region. Starting Monday, March 16, interested parties can apply for a share of $3 million as part of the 2015 Challenge, which funds ideas for engaging and enriching Detroit through the arts. The deadline for the challenge, a project of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, is April 13. Thus far in Detroit, the Knight Arts Challenge has awarded 114Read More
As a member of the Kresge Arts in Detroit Advisory Council, one of our responsibilities is to select the Kresge Eminent Artist Award recipient. Choosing one artist to bestow the title of Eminent Artist is no easy task given the amazing talent in our region. However, the 2015 winner – Ruth Adler Schnee – is a most deserving awardee. An immigrant. A pioneer. An innovator. A celebrated designer. From the Kresge Foundation’s press release: Schnee joins six other artists who,Read More
Our friends at the Sphinx Organization will host the third annual SphinxCon, one of the nation’s leading arts diversity conferences, from Jan. 30 through Feb. 1, 2015 in Detroit! SphinxCon will bring more than 40 distinguished arts leaders together to discuss solutions to the challenges surrounding diversity in the performing arts. The Arab American National Museum is a proud program partner for this event, which features Maysoon Ziad.
It’s that time of the year! Calling all Detroit-based writers and visual artists, the application period for the 2015 Kresge Artist Fellowships opens on December 1, 2014. In the spirit of transparency, I serve on the Advisory Council for this program. However, I am not a judge for this particular award. Details: Emerging and established metropolitan Detroit Literary and Visual artists are invited to apply for a $25,000 Kresge Artist Fellowship. Fellowships are funded by The Kresge Foundation and administeredRead More
I love when guests from out-of-town come to visit. It’s a great opportunity to show off things and places that are unique to our state and region. This past week, Dharma’s dad and brother paid us a visit. Some of the places we took our guests included the Dexter Cider Mill, the Nichols Arboretum, Joe Louis Arena for a Detroit Red Wings hockey game, and El Barzon for dinner. Additionally, we visited the Cadieux Cafe in Detroit for a fewRead More