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Thursday, May 26 • 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Small But Mighty: How Festivals can be a Catalyst for Community Change

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Festivals are an expressive way to celebrate anything from culture and traditions to music and food. More than just a celebration, festivals can be a catalyst for change by supporting local businesses, activating areas of the city not normally activated, bringing diverse groups of people together for collaboration, showcasing the assets of a community, and more.

Visual presentations (20 slides for 20 seconds per presentor) of various community festivals in Detroit that started small and has grown into something transformational for the community. 

Presenters include: Mark Loeb (Palmer Park Art Festival), Matt Klipper (Dally in the Alley), Ryan Myers-Johnson (Sidewalk Arts Festival), James Hartrick (Crash Detroit), Eugene Strobe (Hamtramck Music Festival) 

+Presented by Human Scale Studio, a consultancy firm transforming cities by putting people first and Launch Exchange, dedicated to growing social enterprise in Detroit and beyond. 

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Matt Klipper

President, North Cass Community Union
Matt Klipper is the president of the North Cass Community Union, the parent organization responsible for organizing the Dally in the Alley, and is also responsible for managing the logistics of the 39 year old street-fair. By day, he is an account director at Sapient Nitro working on various FCA automotive accounts. Born and raised in the heart of the Cass Corridor just outside of Downtown Detroit, he's been president of the NCCU and been running... Read More →
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Mark Loeb

Innovator, Integrity Shows
I lead an eventful life. Organizing events and art projects for over thirty years. The first fifteen years with commercial projects, helping to grow a company to over 200 weekend events in 48 states annually. The last fifteen has been more rewarding. I've been focusing on art projects in the Detroit area. The event addiction means that I make good money organizing projects for other people, and then spend most of it inventing new projects, trying... Read More →
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Ryan Myers-Johnson

Ryan Myers – Johnson is an arts administrator, dance educator and curator of place-based performance. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Dance and Film from the University of Michigan. Ryan has extensive experience in event planning, arts administration, management and leadership, stemming from her many years working in the feature film industry and dance production. After completing the obligatory traveling “muse” phase of her arts... Read More →
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Eugene Strobe

Eugene Strobe has been involved in the local music & art scene for several years. He is one of the main organizers for the annual Hamtramck Music Festival (HMF) which attracts thousands of patrons and enlists hundreds of musical acts and dozens of venues during the first weekend of March each year. Strobe has booked music events in the past, some of which helped in efforts to aid Hurricane Katrina school children (2005), as well as the relief... Read More →