Artspace Immersion: Detroit

September 01, 2015

Detroit Immersion Group with Artspace Staff, August 2015

The Artspace Immersion program has spread its wings and landed in Detroit! Created by the Consulting team, Artspace Immersion is known for bringing together community leaders from around the country to learn about nonprofit development and arts facility management. For the newly launched Artspace Immersion: Detroit, geographic scope has narrowed, focusing on a variety of nonprofits all in one city.

The goal is to build local capacity for creating and maintaining affordable space for the arts in Detroit.

Through this program, funded with generous support from The Kresge Foundation, Artspace Consulting convened 11 organizations for ongoing workshops, tours, and one-on-one technical assistance. To join, each organization submitted an application, describing its space-related opportunities and challenges. Selected participants represent a diversity of neighborhoods, missions, and projects – ranging from relocation to a new building, to renovation of a historic high school, to development of affordable housing for artists.

Artspace Immersion: Detroit kicked off July 2015 with a day of workshops in Detroit. Discussions focused on introducing the group to Artspace’s development process and gathering information about each organization’s space-related challenges.

In August, the cohort was flown to Minneapolis for two days. At Artspace headquarters, sessions tapped into each Artspace department, resulting in topics such as concept refinement, fundraising, development, and asset management. The group also toured several Twin Cities art facilities that Artspace developed or consulted on. Tour stops provided a behind-the-scenes-look at how the projects came to be, the relationship of the facilities to their neighborhoods, and how the spaces are programmed and operated.

Artspace Immersion: Detroit will continue with several more convenings in Detroit and individual consultations. Artspace's consulting team feels fortunate to get to know the cohort while gaining a unique perspective on the arts and culture scene in Detroit.

What participants are saying so far:

  • "Artspace Immersion afforded time to interact with peer organizations, discuss emerging trends concerning placemaking, and to reflect on best practices from the field."
  • "Fostering a collaborative ethos among non-profit leadership around the importance of place and the role we can play as community anchors was vitally needed."
  • "The commitment to Detroit from Artspace is needed and appreciated. Although each city has it's own political and financial challenges there is much to be learned from what Artspace has already accomplished."
  • "Artspace helped my arts organization think through critical programmatic and technical questions related to our plan to purchase our building. Thank you!"  
Presentation at Artspace HQ
Visiting Juxtaposition Arts

Visiting Springboard for the Arts Artist Center

Presentation at Artspace HQ

Visiting Open Book

Visiting Juxtaposition Arts

Visiting Juxtaposition Arts