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August 31, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Creative Time + Space: Professional Practice Workshop

Join us for the first session of our 2017 professional practice workshop series. This lively discussion will focus on the many types of residency, travel and retreat programs for artists, as well as the importance allocating time for each stage of the creative process, and strategies for applying to residencies.



Lisa Hoffman – Executive Director, Alliance of Artist Communities, Providence, RI

Faina Lerman2015 Kresge Artist Fellow, visual arts, and Co-director of Popps Packing, Hamtramck, MI

Megan Merchant – Program Coordinator, Halcyon Arts Lab and Halcyon Stage, Washington, DC

Casey Rocheteau – Poet and winner of inaugural Write A House permanent residency in Detroit

Carl Wilson2013 Kresge Artist Fellow, visual arts

Cheryl Young – Executive Director, The MacDowell Colony, New York, NY


Jam Handy Building
2900 E. Grand Blvd.
Detroit, MI



Deadline to RSVP is 5pm on Tuesday, August 29.

Purchase all four of our fall workshops for $25.

About your presenters:

Faina Lerman (b.1975 Riga, Latvia) is the Co-Director of Popps Packing, a mixed-use art space, gallery, laboratory, and Artist Residency program on the Hamtramck/Detroit border. Lerman has a BFA from the College for Creative Studies and is an accomplished visual and performing artist who has exhibited and performed work in both solo and group shows locally and nationally. In 2015, her absurd and sometimes hilarious performance duo, Tzarinas of the Plane, was named as a Kresge Visual Art Fellow. Lerman has over 13 years of experience as an art educator, working for many local art institutions, including College for Creative Studies (Community Art Partnership Department), Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center, and The Costick Center.

“I am an artist, mother, and social instigator. I grew up in a very lively, tight-knit immigrant community, who relied heavily on one another for support. We had large gatherings in tiny apartments with lots of food, drink and dancing. My love for hosting and bringing people together comes from that place and secretly the work I do at Popps is trying to recreate that world.”

Lisa Hoffman is the Executive Director of the Alliance of Artists Communities based in Providence, RI. She joined the Alliance after serving as the Associate Director of the McColl Center of Art + Innovation, where she oversaw programs and strategic initiatives, community engagement, and the flagship Environmental Program at McColl Center. Prior to McColl Center, she served as Director of Charlotte Nature Museum, and held positions as a science educator and mentor with the District of Columbia and Prince George’s County Maryland Public Schools. Honored for her dedication in connecting children and families to the natural world, she is also committed to place-based education, the improvement of schools in marginalized communities and research in creative placemaking. The recipient of Charlotte Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 Award, Lisa has served on the board of North Carolina Association of Environmental Education Centers, North Carolina Play Alliance, and regularly participates as a speaker at various community and national events including National Innovation Summit for Arts and Culture. Currently she serves on boards for the Jazz Arts Initiative and Lakewood Trolley, and is a former board member of the Alliance of Artists Communities. Most recently she was appointed by President Obama to be a Member of the National Museum and Library Services Board. Holding an MS degree in Biology and a BS degree in Botany from Howard University in Washington, DC, Hoffman is dedicated to social practice and the convergence of art and science as a vehicle to improve lives and effect systemic change.

Megan Merchant is an advocate for equity in the arts and strives to provide accessible programming for intergenerational audiences. She is a Program Coordinator at Halcyon, a nonprofit organization dedicated to galvanizing creatives in social enterprise and civic minded arts to pursue big ideas. As Program Coordinator, Megan manages the Halcyon Stage performance series, coordinates the programmatic execution of the Halcyon Arts Lab Fellowship, and leads the development of an active community engagement program for the Halcyon Stage and Halcyon Arts Lab. Prior to joining Halcyon, Megan was the Education and Community Programs Manager for Washington Performing Arts, a presenting organization that creates profound opportunities to connect community and artists in the D.C. Metropolitan area. As program manager, Megan oversaw music competitions, master classes, community performances, creative aging programming, in-school partnership programs, summer camps, and an annual Family Arts Fair. In addition to her work at Halcyon, Megan serves as a committee member for the Arts Administrators of Color DMV Network helping to provide equity and inclusion in the arts for arts managers and artists in the Washington, D.C. area. Megan has a B.A. in Dance from the University of Maryland and an M.A. in Arts Management from George Mason University.

Casey Rocheteau was born on Cape Cod, and raised as a sea witch. Winner of inaugural Write A House permanent residency in Detroit in 2014, Casey has attended Callaloo Writer’s Workshop, Cave Canem, and Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference in Sicily. They are a Writer in Residence at InsideOut Literary Arts in Detroit and editor-in-chief at Heart Online Journal. Their second poetry collection, The Dozen, was released on Sibling Rivalry Press in 2016.

Carl Wilson, a former auto worker, was born and raised in Detroit. He escaped the auto plant and became a full-time artist and writer. Carl is the recipient of a 2013 Kresge Artist Fellowship and is an alumni of the historic Yaddo Artist’ Community. During his residency there he carved the prints for, and wrote the book, Her Purse Smelled Like Juicyfruit. 2017 sees the release of the first installment of his graphic novel, Dead and Lost in Detroit.

Cheryl A. Young is executive director of The MacDowell Colony, Cheryl oversees the creative mission as well as the financial well-being of the nation’s first multidisciplinary residency program. During her tenure, Cheryl directed several successful campaigns enabling MacDowell to grow its program to 300 fellowships each year, establish robust programs in the community and schools, and give additional financial assistance to nearly half of its fellows. Three new studios, a library building, and renovation of all 32 studios, common buildings, and infrastructure were funded totaling $9 million to date. The Colony’s endowment has also grown from $5 million to $31 million. Through ongoing efforts to remove barriers, MacDowell achieved its equity goal with 33% of artists in residence from diverse communities. MacDowell will expend $25 million in the next five years supporting 1,500 artists. New projects include the purchase and move to new office and creative space in the Chelsea arts district of NYC in 2017, and a journalism initiative to double the number of fellowships to 20 per year by 2018. Cheryl has been an advocate for artists and the field of residency programs throughout her career and participated in the founding and development of the Alliance of Artists Communities (AAC) serving on its board and as chairman in 2001.


August 31, 2017
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Event Category:


Creative Many Michigan


Jam Handy Building
2900 E Grand Blvd
Detroit, MI 48202 United States
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