THE SIDEWALK STORY

Founded in 2012, Sidewalk Detroit is a grass-roots, community arts presenting organization. Sidewalk Detroit celebrates the landscape and culture of Detroit through presentation of original place-based and traditional performance, installation art, and land art. We present radical, interactive works in unique spaces. We carve out spaces for art and performance outside of traditional venues. Activated spaces include alleys, community gardens, parks, parking lots, sidewalks, storefronts, and the street itself. We bring unique and independent performance to places unexpected, featuring local Detroiters and national artists. The quintessential event is Sidewalk Festival an outdoor celebration of performance and installation in the heart of Detroit’s Northwest side.

In addition to the annual festival, Sidewalk Detroit administers and curates “SideTrails” an artist residency program in Brightmoor’s Eliza Howell Park. The SideTrails program pairs artists with residents to create nature based performance and installation works specifically for the landscape of Eliza Howell Park and the culture of the surrounding community.

Lastly, Sidewalk Detroit works to create opportunities for artists by curating site-responsive performances for unique outdoor and indoor spaces throughout Detroit.

TEAM

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RYAN MYERS-JOHNSON

DIRECTOR + FOUNDER


Ryan Myers – Johnson is an arts administrator, choreographer and curator of place-based performance. 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 in the feature film industry and dance production. A native Detroiter, Ryan spent 10 years as a professional dancer and filmmaker in New York, Japan and Detroit. Additionally She is the assistant director of Kresge Arts in Detroit, which has contributed over $4 million to the local creative economy through the Kresge Eminent Artist awards and through Kresge Artist Fellowships. Ryan is dedicated to creating opportunities for independent and alternative artists in Detroit, with particular focus on the northwest side of Detroit, where she was bon and raised.


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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. Her work has been supported by the Princess Grace Foundation, the Knight Foundation, the Erb Family Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts and from 2011-2015 she served as the Program Manager of Puppetry and Performing Arts for the Detroit Institute of Arts.

SOPHIA STOCKUM

SIDETRAILS program manager +community 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.

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reshounn foster

production + artist relationships manager


Native Detroiter Reshounn “Sun” Foster is an intuitive consultant, providing a mix of talents that range from administrative support, advertising copywriting, wordsmithing, community organizing, and event planning. Hypersensitive to “shifts” in environments, her empathic listening and prognostic ability helped manifest Detroit’s Motor City Java House, Hospice of Michigan’s African American Initiative, the Oakland Avenue Artists Coalition/Northend Urban Expressions Art Festival, O.N.E. Mile, poetry series, and several creative careers. She brings to the table a warm and energetic presence that inspires community leaders, entrepreneurs, artists, and often passersby to pick her brain for innovative ideas and fresh input.

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david johnson

event logistics


David Johnson has managed event logistics for Sidewalk Festival since 2013. He has extensive experience working in event and film production as a production manager, coordinator, producer and director. In a quest to work more in community and encourage individuals to have more positive interactions with the natural and built environment, David transitioned from filmmaker to naturalist. He worked for many years with Stoney Creek Nature Center and the metro-parks system designing and implementing nature programs, tours, lecture-demonstrations and interactive workshops. Volunteering abroad with the Peace Corps and other service organizations in Mozambique, Guatemala and India has given David valuable experience working with diverse populations learning and impacting large scale community projects.  


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. Pictured left to right, 1st Row: Lisa Rivera, Trina Rpss, Annie Mae Holt, Kathleen Hurd, Cassandra Emerson, 2nd Row: Adrienne White, Leonard Weber, Kieran Neal, Jacob Reinke, Not Pictured: Billie Hickey
 

SIDEWALK FESTIVAL CURATORIAL COUNCIL

The 2017 Sidewalk Curatorial Council, composed of local artists and art leaders created the theme for Sidewalk 2017, “Radical Moment(um)” they also researched and recommended artists for Sidewalk to commission for its annual festival. Council members:

Taylor Aldridge, Co-Founder, ARTS.BLACK
James Cornish, composer, musician
Christina deRoos, artist, curator, Director, Kresge Arts in Detroit
Etta Fly Espy, co-owner, Sweet Potato Sensations
Lisa LaMarre, Director & Teaching Artist, LaMarre and Dancers
Part-Time Faculty, Department of Theatre and Dance, Wayne State University 

Billy Mark, interdisciplinary performance artists, curator
Noah Morrison, videographer; noahmo.com/
Yvette Rock, Owner/Director–Live Coal Gallery
Sterling Toles, musician, composer, artist
Ex-Officio Members:
Reshounn Foster
Carrie Morris
Ryan Myers-Johnson
Sophie Stockum