Stories

March 23, 2017

One of the most impactful ways to celebrate the beauty, variation and complexity of humanity is to attend an event where people from all walks of life come together around a common cause. A compelling opportunity to do this is the Rock for Refugees benefit concert at the Arab American National Museum (AANM) on Sunday, April 2nd. 

March 22, 2017

Being a founding director of a nonprofit arts organization is a bit like being a parent: if you do a really good job, your offspring should one day be able to thrive without you.

These days, many Metro Detroit-area founders are in the process of becoming “empty nesters” as they retire and hand the keys over to someone new.

March 20, 2017

As we free fall through a post-factual era in the United States, it is more important than ever to acknowledge the power and importance of a free press in American society. We may do this through protest, we may do this by subscribing to our favorite fact-checked publication, and for a fun-filled weekend in early April, we can do this by attending Power of the Press Fest, hosted by letterpress shop Signal-Return. Throughout Signal-Return’s home base of Eastern Market, and at many points beyond, from April 5-9 there is a busy schedule of activities, workshops, readings, and sales by artists who embrace a hands-on approach to making their truth heard.

March 14, 2017

On March 16th, three-time Grammy Award-winning band Snarky Puppy will perform at Ann Arbor’s Hill Auditorium as a part of the University Musical Society’s (UMS) 23rd Jazz Series. As one of the oldest performing arts presenters in the United States, UMS has been bringing artists to the University of Michigan—and surrounding—community for well over 100 years. But their programming has become anything but stagnant. 

March 7, 2017

Straight from The Source, a regular interview series taking you behind-the-scenes to Southeast Michigan’s cultural destinations to hear from the curators, programmers, leaders, doers and makers.

March 1, 2017

This March, don't miss new musical compositions, the launch of new lecture series, and a new music festival!

February 23, 2017

The night before the official opening of Chicana Fotos—a new art exhibit featuring the early work of photographer/filmmaker Nancy De Los Santos at Wayne State University’s Walter P. Reuther Library—a group of University of Michigan undergrads who co-designed the exhibition were putting finishing touches on the installation, doing some last-minute problem-solving, and eating pizza.

February 22, 2017

Friday, February 24th marks the start of the Winter/Spring 2017 edition of the Arab American National Museum’s (AANM) Global Fridays concert series. Global Fridays is an opportunity for music lovers around the region to build community while learning about music, culture and what diversity in Metro Detroit is all about. Featuring funk/rock group Sinkane, whose music is infused with both East and West African influences, Iraqi composer Rahim AlHaj, Latin percussionist Sammy DeLeon and Sudanese American Producer and MC Oddisee, this season's Global Fridays lineup is an opportunity to celebrate and learn about the rich ethnic identities that make up Metro Detroit and the varying cultural heritages found throughout the United States. 

February 20, 2017

If you’ve spent any time whatsoever around the Detroit art scene in recent years, you’ve surely seen a ubiquitous figure with camera at nearly every opening. The man behind the lens, Jeff Cancelosi, is an artist himself, and since moving with his family to Metro Detroit roughly a decade ago, he’s made it his business to capture the people who make up this world. 

February 1, 2017

When it comes to music, the city of Detroit has an undeniably rich heritage. Whether it’s the reverberating Motown sound, the steady pulse of house music, multi-layered Dilla beats or the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s community-centric approach to classical, jazz and pops, Detroit’s musical influence spans genres. Thus, it should come as no surprise that Southeast Michigan is home to the Sphinx Organization, a nationally-recognized organization whose mission is to expose diverse populations to the world of classical music, further differentiating the art world.