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Red Bull Arts Detroit is proud to partner with ProjectArt Detroit in presenting Potential in Proximity, a two-day program aimed at creating space for Detroiters to directly engage in conversations regarding the state of the arts in their city. The program will run on November 3rd and 4th.

The program includes a film screening and lecture, panel discussion, and community programming created in collaboration with ProjectArt, Allied Media Sponsored Projects, & the Detroit Public Library. By fostering conversation and direct engagement of public space, the project hopes to foster civic engagement through the arts.

On Saturday, Red Bull Arts Detroit will host a short film screening of ProjectArt’s Main Branch Artist in Residence Bree Gant’s Aunt DDOT, the Detroit Narrative Agency Fellowship-funded short film about Detroit’s busses and city-wide sentiment towards public transit. Following the screening, Tunde Wey, Nigerian immigrant chef/ writer working at the intersection of food and social politics, will lecture, and then be in conversation with Gant and Allied Media Project’s Toni Moceri.

On Sunday, join us for a full day of programming at the Detroit Public Library’s Main Branch with six local organizations and ProjectArt’s artists-in-residence. Later in the afternoon, there will be a panel discussion on access to and funding for the arts in Detroit moderated by Imani Mixon with celebrated Detroit Artist Hubert Massey, Detroit School Board Member Misha Stallworth, and Arts Advisor and Cultural producer/Membership Manager at MoCAD Wayne Northcross.

Saturday, November 3rd
Art + Accessibility followed by Economic & Community Displacement
Where: Red Bull Arts Detroit
When: 6pm-8pm

Sunday, November 4th
Arts Access + Funding for the Arts
Where: Detroit Public Library Main Branch
Rooms: Adam Strohm Hall, Teen Hype Center, Children’s Library
Activations: 1pm-3pm
Lecture: 3:30pm-5pm

These events are free & open to the public of all ages.


Red Bull Arts Detroit is an artist residency, visiting curator and writer fellowship, micro-grant program, and experimental, non-commercial exhibition space. Since 2011, the organization has ensured a sustained commitment to the cultivation and advancement of the arts in Detroit and beyond. In 2018, Red Bull Arts Detroit joined Red Bull Arts New York as the second pillar of the Red Bull Arts platform. Located in Eastern Market’s historic E&B Brewery, the organization (formerly known as Red Bull House of Art) has hosted over 100 resident artists and served countless community members through exhibitions, studio assistantships, and inclusion in a variety of programs.


ProjectArt empowers youth, emerging artists, and communities by partnering with public libraries, enhancing these vital cultural hubs through artist residencies. Socially conscious emerging artists teach free after-school visual art classes to underserved children ages 4-17 while developing new artwork in the library.

ProjectArt provides classes to 42 libraries in 6 cities throughout the country. ProjectArt Detroit classes are offered in: Main Library, Parkman Library, Campbell Library, Sherwood Forest Library, Jefferson Library, Knapp Library, Edison Library.


Allied Media Projects cultivates media strategies for a more just, creative and collaborative world. AMP serves a network of media makers, artists, educators, and technologists working for social justice through the Allied Media Conference and Sponsored Projects Program.


The Fringe Society educates, inspires, and connects diverse communities through traditional and non-traditional fiber art and textile craft and provides accessible education at a community level.

Currently, we are offering classes and workshops in weaving, training a new group of apprentice weavers, strengthening studio programming, and building equipment and a fiber/dye garden.


The Aadizookaan [ADZKN] seeks guidance from ancestral indigenous-based knowledge systems for culture creation & dynamic storytelling experiences through traditional & contemporary music, film, media & design to help produce stories for the many layers of communities, organizations, businesses & people.


Seraphine Collective is an inclusive, supportive and active community of feminists designed to foster creative expression and camaraderie among marginalized musicians and artists in Detroit.

A recipient of the 2016 Knight Arts Challenge, Seraphine plans to build feminist community and combat the underrepresentation of women in the Detroit electronic music scene. We provide affordable and accessible means for women-identified aspiring DJs to learn the foundations of record mixing on top-quality gear, in a supportive, low-pressure and collaborative environment.

Additionally, Seraphine Collective hosts regular concerts/performances highlighting female-identified/PoC/LGBTQ musicians and performers of various genres at a variety of local venues, in addition to producing a quarterly zine and releasing mixtapes.


A People’s Guide to AI is a comprehensive beginner’s guide to understanding AI and other data-driven tech, written in 2018 by Mimi Onuoha and Mother Cyborg (Diana Nucera),. The guide uses a popular education approach to explore and explain AI-based technologies so that everyone—from youth to seniors, and from non-techies to experts—has the chance to think critically about the kinds of futures automated technologies can bring.

The mission of A People’s Guide to AI is to open up conversation around AI by demystifying, situating, and shifting the narrative about what types of use cases AI can have for everyday people.


The Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative (MuslimARC) provides racial justice education and resources to advance racial justice.

Working towards a vision of “Education for Liberation,” MuslimARC
– Creates spaces for learning and advancing racial equity
– Connects people across multi-racial and multi-faith networks using digital media, dialogue, and storytelling
– Cultivates solutions for racial justice through research and curriculum development


Co.Open provides design services, training, and professional development for freelancers and media makers in Detroit. It was started by leaders and alumni from the Detroit Future Media program. Past workshops it has offered include data mapping, research justice, video production, electronic music production, and stop-motion for the classroom.