Viewing entries tagged
Ypsilanti portrait photographer

Comment

Pop•X: panel discussion and coverage

Image: Current Magazine

Image: Current Magazine

Now that Nick's installation is in place at Pop•X, he can breathe a little easier. The photographs and sculpture came together without too much ado so that was a relief. The festival has been received warmly and we're grateful to Omari Rush and all the artists and organizers for their ardent efforts.

Below are a few places you can read and see photos of the festival if you can't make it. And I'll be moderating the Art for Innovators talk on Workspace Design tomorrow, Monday, Oct 19th. Should be a great time, see you there!

Detroit News

Current Magazine  

Current Mag Facebook page  

MLive  | MLive video

 

 

Comment

Comment

826 on Washington Street

Over the weekend we had the chance to host a pretty awesome shindig. Our friends at 826michigan had a jam-packed weekend of programming including a pajama part at Literati Bookstore and big things for 826 going on in Detroit...

The volunteers of 826, the ones that tutor, listen, travel, edit, and work with kids are the muscle of this organization we love so much. We hosted a small breakfast gathering Saturday morning and we got to meet founder of McSweeney's (original publisher of 826 Valencia) and writer, Dave Eggers. 

It's a good-looking bunch, don't you think? 

The end of the year is always vitally important to the health of organizations like 826michigan so won't you please consider supporting all the work these beautiful people do through volunteering or donation? Thanks so much :) 

Comment

Comment

#YCS: Your Committed Superintendent

The culmination of the experiences over the last four years has led us to a project that we feel personally vested, more so than any other we've worked on before. We are humbled and happy to announce that Ypsilanti Community Schools is our newest client. 

I met Dr. Benjamin Edmondson, or "Dr. E." as students call him, two weeks ago during the buzz of his imminent appointment as the new superintendent of Ypsilanti Community Schools (YCS). I heard of his no-nonsense but encouraging approach when dealing directly with students and his uncanny ability to remember students' names when out and about.

I was looking forward to telling him about our academic approach to championing the arts including Nick's latest venture, the student photo incubator. Upon meeting, I learned that he was looking to not only change the schools from the inside out, he wanted a complete rebranding of the YCS image. We immediately started brainstorming, citing the recent history of the schools and the community-chosen colors. At our next meeting Nick and I shared our experience as new parents and the gnawing question of where our son would attend school three years from now. 

Ben's ideas are backed up by immediate action. He's making the rounds at YCS schools to meet students, faculty and staff, giving frank talks about his expectations and what the students can do to succeed academically. He also recently attended a City Council meeting to introduce himself to the community and talk about his first 90 days as superintendent.

As Ypsilanti business owners we feel a commitment to making our surroundings not only culturally engaging but socially and economically vibrant and viable for families of all backgrounds. Ben's hope, and ours as well, is to invigorate a partnership between businesses and families including mentoring students after school, donating in-kind services for school functions and more. These are all actions we not only stand behind but have been doing already. 

DSC_4247web.jpg

Nick and I had the privilege of getting to spend time with his sons this past weekend and they are absolute gentlemen, charismatic and well-mannered beyond their years. It gives me so much to look forward to with our son! 

You'll be seeing more about our work with Ben and YCS, particularly as we near the start of the school year. We joke that we have three years to make YCS a viable choice for us. But all know — that we're not joking at all. 

Here's to the man that we believe will be the energy and leadership the community has been looking for. 

 


Comment

Comment

"Good Banana, Bad Banana"

A couple months ago I was approached to document a project happening at Washtenaw International Middle Academy in Ypsilanti, Michigan. A passionate and gregarious group of kids had been tapped to create a game as part of the NASA/US Department of Education STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Challenge Pilot for astronauts to play in space. Yes, that kind of space.  

DSC_2820.jpg

The kids' initial idea was to include a limited set of objects the astronauts have access to during their travels. One of them is a banana. Thus, the idea of "Good Banana, Bad Banana" was born. With a couple tosses of fruit, creative velcro use and ripped t-shirts, they created an ingenious and engaging game to be played in zero gravity. The game was videotaped (see the video here) and I took photos of the process.

DSC_1054.jpg
DSC_1207.jpg
DSC_2230.jpg

There were definitely challenges along the way...

DSC_2172.jpg

But as you may have guessed by now, Team Spaced Out won their division! 

DSC_1270.jpg

I was there to watch the kids speak to an impressive panel from NASA and the US Department of Education yesterday via teleconference (along with students from the three other schools that had also won in their respective divisions). I couldn't be more proud of the kids and the staff that nurture and help them to execute their ideas. Congratulations to everyone!

000_4219.jpg
000_4249.jpg
DSC_2863.jpg
DSC_2890.jpg
000_4287.jpg


Comment