THE SIDEWALK STORY

Sidewalk Detroit is dedicated to improving livability in Detroit neighborhoods and public spaces through the lens of creativity, arts and culture. We believe that creative, active public engagement within the built environment is essential for vibrant neighborhoods, community efficacy and economic opportunity. We are passionate about the power of engagement with residents and artists to create effective, long lasting and sustainable plans for public space.


ENGAGEMENT

We engage with artists, residents and neighborhood stakeholders to address community needs through the lens of arts and culture. We work with residents through our community leadership teams and artist advisory councils. Our process of deep engagement ranges from monthly meetings, community dinners to one on one sessions with stakeholders, each process is tailored uniquely to the project at hand.

EVENT PRODUCTION

We annually produce socially relevant, place-based and site-specific events. Our quintessential event is Sidewalk Festival, an annual celebration of performance and installation art in the heart of Old Redford at the Artist Village. We pair artists with residents to produce ongoing programming in Brightmoor’s Eliza Howell Park. Events range from yoga to dance, storytelling, jazz nights and art festivals. Additionally we produce place-based performance events throughout Detroit.

CREATIVE SPACE PLANNING

We conduct deep engagement with residents and artists to investigate land use needs and priorities in public spaces through collaboration with landscape architects, designers, community organizations, city planners and developers engaging in equitable and inclusive city building.

TEAM



RYAN MYERS-JOHNSON

DIRECTOR + FOUNDER


Ryan Myers – Johnson is a curator of place-based performance and installation art, specializing in community engagement. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Dance and Film from the University of Michigan.  Ryan has extensive experience in event planning, arts administration, management and leadership, stemming from her many years working as production manager in the film industry and company manager in dance production. Ryan is dedicated to creating opportunities for independent and alternative artists in Detroit, her leadership in this area grew through her role as Assistant Director of Kresge Arts in Detroit where she worked extensively in outreach, promotion and skill building for metro-Detroit artists. Her passion for community led her to found Sidewalk Detroit in 2012 as a means to celebrate Detroit landscape and culture through the lens of art and creative place-making.

CARRIE MORRIS

ASSOCIATE CURATOR + DEVELOPMENT


Carrie is a director and performance artist producing work that combines puppetry, multimedia and the gestural language of experimental theater. As a director and puppet designer, her work has been seen in the NYC Fringe Festival, The Athens Museum of Art, Seattle’s Annex Theater, the Canadian Fringe Festival and as an invited artist working with the Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra. She holds BFA in directing from NYU and an MFA in Studio Art with a focus on multimedia and experimental puppetry from University of Michigan. She is a J. William Fulbright grantee in the field of performance art for creative work in multimedia shadow puppetry in Solo, Indonesia.

SOPHIA STOCKUM

PROGRAM COORDINATOR


Sophie Stockum is an arts organizer and active community member in NW Detroit. In her work, she focuses on the healing capacities of art and nature. She manages Sidewalk Detroit’s SideTrails Artist Residency, a program which connects artists and community members to create works that highlight the beauty and magic of Eliza Howell Park. Sophie is also a founding member of Brightmoor Artisans Collective–an organization which aims to improve its community’s access to nutritious food by empowering local artisans, entrepreneurs, and neighbors to skillshare, create, and eat with each other.

ANDRE STRINGFELLOW

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER


Accounting/ finance professional with a successful record of progressive experience and education demonstrating effective leadership and creative problem-solving solutions while adhering to the highest personal and professional standards.

Andre brings years of accounting and finance experience with direct experience in general accounting, account payables, cash management, budget projection and analysis, contract analysis, financial modeling, forecasting, financial planning, grant monitoring and financial reporting, A-133 Single Audit, and A-87 cost allocation plans to the Sidewalk Detroit team.

COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP TEAM

SIDETRAILS PROGRAM


The SideTrails Community Leadership team meet monthly to strategize, envision, support and critique the vision for Eliza Howell Park. Team leaders also work together with artists to create infrastructure, projects and programming in the park. Members Cassandra Emerson, Billie Hickey, Annie Mae Holt, Kathleen Hurd, Kieran Neal, Jacob Reinke, Lisa Rivera, Trina Ross, Leonard Weber, Adrienne White

PROJECT COLLABORATORS

AKIKO ABE – PRODUCTION & STAGE MANAGEMENT
DAVID JOHNSON- LOGISTICS MANAGEMENT
KATHY LEISON – PRODUCTION & STAGE MANAGEMENT
CREATIVE AUDIO SOLUTIONS – SOUND
JULIEN GODMAN – SOCIAL MEDIA
TRILOGY BEATS – PHOTOGRAPHY
CHERYL WILLARD PHOTOGRAPHY

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

ERIKA VILLAREAL BUNCE – PRESIDENT
TONYA PHILLIPS – VICE PRESIDENT
CHRIS UHL – TREASURER
RITCHIE HARRISON – SECRETARY
GEORGE JACOBSEN – MEMBER