Aim: Exploring design tactics for early industrial “balloon-frame” houses in Detroit, a research project that presents alternatives for vacant and publicly owned structures, to be displayed at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit.
Aim: Examining the impact of technology on 21st-century life with two architectural installations that propose methods for designing buildings, clothes and objects that can evade electronic means of detection.
Aim: Building community through the Cinetopia Film Festival by increasing the number of free screenings and events for underserved audiences while expanding the Detroit Voices program for local filmmakers.
Aim: Expanding the Michigan Metaphorical Melee, a poetry festival, to include a team poetry slam, showcases of local publishers, workshops and a theater production where local poets perform characters based on their writings.
Aim: Sharing West African traditions with Detroiters by providing a residency for a West African griot who will mentor local youth and artists in the oral traditions of Mali and Senegal, resulting in a performance of Detroit stories.
Recipient: Sidewalk Festival of the Performing Arts
Aim: Enlivening public spaces with nature-based art through Sidewalks and SideTrails, a residency program that develops and presents walkable performances and installations along the trails of Brightmoor’s Eliza Howell Park.
Aim: Celebrating Bengali culture with a bilingual songbook and CD featuring the works of Nobel Prize-winning poet Rabindranath Tagore, set to the work of Detroit composer Akram Hussain and reflecting on the immigrant experience of Bengali-Americans in the Motor City.
Aim: Preserving hip-hop culture and the legacy of Detroit rapper and producer J Dilla with daylong workshops in art and technology that help youth explore the creative potential of cutting-edge software and tools.
Aim: Increasing diversity in and accessibility to classical music by providing free tickets and programming – plus TV and online broadcasts – of the annual Sphinx Finals Concert at the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s Max M. Fisher Music Center.
Aim: Engaging audiences by bringing to Detroit a newly composed modern baroque chamber opera, “You Us We All,” a work inspired by Beyonce and Bach that reinterprets classical forms for audiences in the iPhone age.
Aim: Bringing the stories of a Detroit building to life in “Good Bones,” a multimedia performance of shadow puppetry and projections that explores the Sophie Wright Settlement House and the neighborhood’s stories of perseverance and evolution.
Aim: Turning a Detroit apartment into an art installation and community space that embraces fire’s transformative qualities, with everything inside made of charred wood, steel, molten glass and black ceramics.
Aim: Preserving this moment in Detroit’s evolution by partnering with students at the College for Creative Studies to “Re-Document” Detroit in a photo series similar to one done by a professor and students in the 1970s and ’80s.
Aim: Creating an interactive ceramic experience for all ages through a mobile clay party where participants work with an artist to decorate a pot, which is fired on site and pulled red-hot from the kiln to reveal unique designs and patterns that serve as a metaphor for creative rebirth.
Aim: Turning an unused alley behind Popps Emporium into “The Back Forty,” a green corridor and community resource hub that modifies backyard garages and sheds into a chain of art studios, workshops, a tool lending library and more.
Aim: Celebrating the art of letterpress, and the growing number of practitioners and aficionados in Detroit, with “Letterpress Love Fest: Type Takes Over Detroit,” an interactive and collaborative festival of the printing, visual and literary arts.
Aim: Creating new ways to perceive and navigate the city through “The Detroit Atlas,” a series of maps that demarcate the city based on a variety of perceptions collected from history, weather patterns, public data and subjective experiences.
Aim: Using an energetic hybrid of poetry and music to examine gentrification, renewal and the tense relationship between citizen and city within Detroit, through the lens of the science-fiction film “RoboCop”.
Aim: Bringing the interactive performance installation, “Beware of the Dandelions,” which toured nationally with stories of Detroit’s social justice movements, back home so Detroiters can experience the movement stories of other cities it visited.
Aim: Presenting a Detroit tour of “The Truth Booth,” a portable film studio in the shape of a speech bubble by Hank Willis Thomas and The Cause Collective that compiles responses to the statement “The truth is…”.