DIRECTOR + FOUNDER
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.
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.
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 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
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
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