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DETROIT SEES

Detroit Sees community photography workshop, part of the Detroit Design Festival.
Detroit Sees community photography workshop, part of the Detroit Design Festival.

Community Photo & Installation Workshops: Photograph & Share Your Passion for Detroit!

Detroit Sees is a pilot project of Forward Arts’ visual arts and education program, Access Arts Detroit. The idea was brought to Forward Arts by its Manager, AJ Viola in 2011. It includes community photography workshops and installations that enliven boarded-up buildings in Detroit, share Detroit residents’ passions with one another and help drive creative neighborhoods.

We had a great turnout for photo installation paste-up day!
We had a great turnout for photo installation paste-up day!

Our first pilot, in September 2011, was part of Detroit Design Festival in partnership with Woodbridge Neighborhood Development Corporation and AmeriCorps Midtown Urban Safety Project.

Over the course of 2 weeks, more than 20 friends, neighbors and civic minded people got together at Frederick Douglass Detroit Public Library and received entry level photography lessons while exploring the Woodbridge neighborhood, applying what they learned taking pictures. The workshops were free and multiple cameras and materials were provided. It was a great first group! On the third and final week, participants pasted selected photographs on the boarded windows at 3751-3753 Trumbull, Detroit, MI 48202.

First Detroit Sees Project house in Woodbridge, part of the Detroit Design Festival.
First Detroit Sees Project house in Woodbridge, part of the Detroit Design Festival.

Ultimately, Detroit Sees provided meaningful and creative shared experiences and civic engagement opportunities, focused on community driven expression that helped beautify a neighborhood in the process. The workshops and installations served as a center point for Detroit’s community members who shared their talents and became acquainted with each other, while also providing them with a creative outlet and opportunity.

To see all the pictures from the workshops, paste-up and student selections visit our Flickr here.

Stay tuned for more development as we build on the pilot’s successes. For more information, please email DetroitSees@gmail.com.

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