In the shift from manufacturing to information and culture, the winners and saviors are the largely affluent, educated creative classes while small towns and large cities across Michigan are losing population leaving behind the less affluent. The two narratives, one of decline by brain drain or growth by opportunity run parallel. In describing and heralding this rising trend as a new creative economy, the impacts of what is properly unequal gentrification with the accompanying affects on age, race and class divides leaves these disruptive impacts unchecked and unexamined.
A great public university has the opportunity if not the responsibility for an active role in an ethically sound, inspiring program of research and action.
By articulating a third narrative of community based creative work, BBBCCC weaves disparate intergenerational threads of potentially fraying social fabrics to develop a sense of belonging rather than displacement, building a creative class from within.
Presented at Lake Superior State University, Sault Ste. Marie, MI, 2014
Partners: Ojibwe Charter School, University of Michigan, Lake Superior State University, MI Gear UP, AmeriCorps VISTA
Presented at Lake Superior State University, Sault Ste. Marie, MI, 2015
Partners: Native American Center at Lake Superior State University, MI, Gear UP, AmeriCorps VISTA, Native American Programs & Student Transition Enrichment Program at Central...
in cooperation with Peoples' Community Services, July 2014
Showcased the work of Mexican bakeries in southwest Detroit. Starting with interviews and documentation of the creative work of Mexican immigrant bakers in the city in October 2014, the work culminated in a custom designed and built structure at El...