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Tuesday, May 24 • 11:00am - 1:00pm
Panel Discussion: Strengthening Arts Infrastructure In Detroit

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This panel discussion moderated by Paulina Petkoski of PLAYGROUND DETROIT allows key leaders and members of the creative community to discuss challenges, various strategies and current needs to strengthen and empower the talent in art + design in Detroit. How will development of the city value these artists and out-of-the-box thinkers in an equitable way? What do we need as a community of creative start-ups to sustain, retain, develop and attract creative talent? What are the issues that artistic organizations, businesses and individuals are experiencing currently?

Moderators
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Paulina Petkoski

Co-founder & Executive Director, PLAYGROUND DETROIT
Paulina Petkoski is co-founder of PLAYGROUND DETROIT, a Detroit-based creative arts agency & digital media company serving as a catalyst for art, culture and music.

Speakers
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Taylor Renee Aldridge

Arts.Black is a journal of art criticism from Black perspectives predicated on the belief that art criticism should be an accesible dialogue – a tool through which we question, celebrate, and talk back to the global world of contemporary art. The journal is edited by Taylor Renee and Jessica Lynne. | | Taylor Renee Aldridge received her M.L.A from Harvard University in Museum Studies. She received her B.A from Howard University in Art... Read More →
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Ash Arder

Cultural Strategist + Producer, Creative Many
Ash Arder works as a Cultural Strategist + Producer for Creative Many. Arder is also a visual artist, using a combination of hand-made and found materials to create sculptural objects and installations exploring the relationship between people, objects and place.Creative Many is a statewide organization that develops creative people, creative places and the creative economy for a competitive Michigan through research, advocacy, professional... Read More →
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Roula David

COO, 1xRUN
Roula David is currently the COO of 1xRUN, Gallery Director of Inner State Gallery and Festival Director of Murals in the Market. As Chief Operating Officer, she manages 1xRUN’s staff and the Inner State Gallery. David moved to Detroit in 2011 to work as the marketing manager for Red Bull in Michigan and established the Red Bull House of Art Program in Eastern Market. She comes from experience as an entrepreneur, founding Cincinnati, Ohio’s... Read More →
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Jon Dones

Creative Director/Brand Strategist, Studio Teal
Jon Dones is the Founder and Creative Director/Brand Strategist of Studio Teal & Culture Engineer. He is also a Nightlife Designer for Haute to Death, which includes deejaying, ambiance for private events, music supervision, and event consulting. His ambitions include fostering emerging and established talents and help them tell their stories, to make the creative life belief system a viable and profitable way of life and help creatives and... Read More →
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Melvin Henley

Program Manager, Creative Co.
Melvin Henley is Program Manager of Creative Co. and has joined the DC3 team as part of the Detroit Revitalization Felllows Program. Born and raised in Chicago, Melvin earned his bachelor’s in journalism and public relations at Drake University and a master’s in arts and culture management from Queen Margaret University in the UK. Much to the surprise of his friends and family, Melvin decided he wanted to pursue a career... Read More →
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Michael Stone Richards

Professor in Critical Theory and Visual Studies, College for Creative Studies
Michael Stone-Richards is Professor in Critical Theory and Visual Studies at the College for Creative Studies. He is also a co-founder of Detroit Research which is jointly published with CCS.Detroit Research is a new journal of practice and artist research for Detroit exploring social practice, ceramics, choreography, music, performance, and critical theory. Detroit Research seeks to be a forum for presenting and reflecting upon some of the... Read More →