Since August 2016, we have been conducting ethnographic research with anthropologist Julia Yezbick on five Detroit-based artist groups for Creative Many, a statewide organization focusing on “developing creative people, creative places, and the creative economy in Michigan...” We spent countless hours engaging with the artists whose work addresses issues such as racial discrimination, social injustices in housing and water rights, indigenous rights, police brutality, and neighborhood organizing. The research aims in order to better understand how artists’ socially engaged art practices could be supported by the city, funders, and foundations in sustainable and responsible ways. Our report was submitted to Creative Many on May 31st, 2017, and is part of a larger study for the Ford Foundation.
Location: Detroit, MI
Art Direction: Ben Gaydos, Julia Yezbick