Sidewalk Detroit is a coalition of creative space strategists and artists, working at the intersection of creative place-making, research, advocacy and socially relevant art. We bring together a diversity of stakeholders to create community led creative outcomes in public and private space. Our work encompasses curatorial work and event production, as well as research and space planning. The quintessential event is Sidewalk Festival an outdoor celebration of performance and installation in the heart of Detroit’s Northwest side. Current research projects include space and program planning in Brightmoor’s Eliza Howell Park as well as development of cultural spaces and planning for Old Redford, a historic cultural community on Detroit’s northwest side.





Ryan Myers – Johnson is a creative space development specialist, 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. 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 born and raised.


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.


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.


reshounn foster


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.


david johnson

festival 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.  



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 Ross, Annie Mae Holt, Kathleen Hurd, Cassandra Emerson, 2nd Row: Adrienne White, Leonard Weber, Kieran Neal, Jacob Reinke, Not Pictured: Billie Hickey


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;
Yvette Rock, Owner/Director–Live Coal Gallery
Sterling Toles, musician, composer, artist
Ex-Officio Members:
Reshounn Foster
Carrie Morris
Ryan Myers-Johnson
Sophie Stockum