Lecture: "Blooks: The Art of Books That Aren’t" by Mindell Dubansky
Nov
9
7:00pm 7:00pm

Lecture: "Blooks: The Art of Books That Aren’t" by Mindell Dubansky

Detroit Institute of Arts Lecture Hall

Mindell Dubansky is head of the Sherman Fairchild Center for Book Conservation at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, where she has worked as a conservator and Preservation Librarian for over 30 years, She is also a collector and is a long-time member of the Grolier Club. Dubansky has written extensively on the book arts, particularly in the areas of 19th century publisher’s bindings, hand papermaking, bookbinding and of course, the subject of this presentation, the history of book-shaped objects, or what she calls "blooks" 

Blook-objects have a prominent place in this reinvention of the role of the book. All over the world, for hundreds of years, people have been making, collecting and presenting book-objects that reflect their devotion and respect for books and for each other.  They have been treasured and passed down through the generations, and many thousands reside in private homes, public museums and libraries around the world. Blooks have been used to celebrate and memorialize important occasions and serve as reminders of memorable visits to important places, receptacles to hold valuable objects and are the source of great amusement.

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Eastern Market After Dark
Sep
28
7:00pm 7:00pm

Eastern Market After Dark

Eastern Market After Dark returns as part of the seventh annual Detroit Design Festival on September 28th, 2017. Celebrate Detroit design as one of the nation’s oldest public farmers markets transforms into a creative district by night. We will be open along with more than 30 studios and galleries throughout the district. Sheds 2, 3, 4, and 5 will be open with interactive experiences, brand activations, designer spotlights, installations, and parties. 

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Motor Signal
Jun
15
7:00pm 7:00pm

Motor Signal

Danielle McGuire

Bio

Danielle McGuire is an award-winning author and Associate Professor in the History Department at Wayne State University in Detroit, MI. She is the recipient of the 2011 Frederick Jackson Turner Award, the 2011 Lillian Smith Award.

Zilka Joseph

Bio

Zilka has been nominated twice for a Pushcart prize and her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Poetry, Mantis, Kenyon Review Online, Quiddity, Review Americana, Gatronomica, Cutthroat, Rattle, The MacGuffin, The Paterson Literary Review, pacificREVIEW, Cheers To Muses: An Anthology of Contemporary Works by Asian American Women, and Uncommon Core: Poems for Living and Learning, a Neutral Zone Anthology.  

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Motor Signal
May
18
7:00pm 7:00pm

Motor Signal

Jack Cheng

Jack Cheng was born in Shanghai and grew up in Michigan. After spending nearly a decade in New York, working in advertising and tech, he now lives in Detroit. See You in the Cosmos is his first novel for young readers.

Excerpt:

Maybe you’re like mirrors, and when you stand in front of someone you see a reflection of their reflection of your reflection of their reflection, all the way to infinity.


Deonte Osayande

Deonte Osayande is a former track and field sprinter turned writer from Detroit, Mi. He writes nonfiction essays and his poems have been nominated for the Best of the Net Anthology, a Pushcart Prize and published in numerous publications. He has represented Detroit at multiple National Poetry Slam competitions. He's currently a professor of English at Wayne County Community College, and teaching youth through the Inside Out Detroit Literary Arts Program. His first full collection of poems entitled Class, is going to be out with Urban Farmhouse Press in 2017.

Excerpt:

The Paranoia Says the Helicopter Searches For Me
as the announcement
of the training
exercise on campus
for the police force comes
into my classroom and I joke
about the threat, about
my blood pressure as if
there wasn't a shooting
at a community college
weeks before, as if I weren't
the same complexion as the targets
cops use at their shooting ranges.

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Power of the Press Fest
Apr
6
to Apr 9

Power of the Press Fest

Signal-Return is thrilled to announce that it is launching a new festival, “Power of the Press Fest,” thanks to support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation as part of their Knight Arts Challenge program. The Knight Arts Challenge funds the best ideas for engaging and enriching Detroit through the arts.

This collaborative and interactive festival of the printing, visual and literary arts will take place Thursday April 6- Sunday April 9, 2017 in Detroit’s Eastern Market and will celebrate the art of letterpress and the growing number of practitioners and aficionados in Detroit. The festival will kick off Thursday night at College for Creative Studies’ Woodward Lecture series with artist Lesley Dill. Friday night will see the opening of exhibitions in various venues around the city of Detroit, all celebrating our festival theme of Power of the Press. Saturday will be made up of opportunities for workshops at partner art studios and special visits to local arts institutions. On Sunday, Shed 5 of Detroit’s Eastern Market will be the site of a free, family friendly festival, with vendors, artist demonstrations and literary events.

For more information, or to learn about how you can get involved, check out our Power of the Press Fest website .

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Motor Signal / Power of the Press Fest Opening Night
Apr
5
7:00pm 7:00pm

Motor Signal / Power of the Press Fest Opening Night

Jan Worth-Nelson

Bio

Editor of East Village Magazine in Flint. She has a MFA in creative writing from Warren Wilson College and poetry and personal essays are her favorite genres.  

Tawana Petty

Bio

Tawana "Honeycomb" Petty is a mother, social justice organizer, youth advocate, poet, author and visionary educator. She was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan and is intricately involved in water rights, digital justice and visionary organizing work.

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Motor Signal
Mar
16
7:00pm 7:00pm

Motor Signal

Nandi Comer

Bio

Nandi lives and works in Detroit. Her poems and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in To Light a Fire: 20 Years with the InsideOut Literary Arts Project, A Detroit Anthology, & Callaloo.

Rola Nashef

Bio

Rola Nashef is a screenwriter, director and producer. She uses her experience in the arts and involvement in Detroit’s diverse communities as a catalyst for creative expression and social movement.

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Motor Signal 2017 Kickoff
Feb
16
7:00pm 7:00pm

Motor Signal 2017 Kickoff

MIC PHELPS

BIO

Mic Phelps says words to a rhythm, tickles the ivories and brings together people from all walks of life to enjoy music and the beauty of words in pattern . Mic is a true artist and a true fan of the arts. #du

EXCERPT

"The birds are tweeting and so are we, because we're becoming more like the animals we eat, if the bible is correct then the Apple should be free, and all of us are naked but none of us can see."


CASEY ROCHETEAU

BIO

Casey Rocheteau was born on Cape Cod, and raised as a sea witch. Winner of inaugural Write A House permanent residency in Detroit in 2014, Casey has attended Callaloo Writer’s Workshop, Cave Canem, and Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference in Sicily. They are a Writer in Residence at InsideOut Literary Arts in Detroit and editor-in-chief at Kinfolks Quarterly and Heart Online Journal. Their second poetry collection, The Dozen, was released on Sibling Rivalry Press in 2016.

EXCERPT

Every kind of violence is possible, believe me.
I was born under a blood blue sky, I’m the hero,
and the rain, and the paint seems to make my point
for me: the only thing I love more than an enemy
is the cornucopia of flame in my wake.

 

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Personalized Valentine Printing
Feb
9
5:00pm 5:00pm

Personalized Valentine Printing

 

From 5 – 8 PM, stop by Signal-Return to make a personalized valentine. We’ll have a beautiful image on the press, and you can make it personal by adding your loved one’s name, and then printing a 8 x 10 poster to take away. $10 per personalized letterpress printed poster. Complete your gift by picking up a box of chocolates from Bon Bon Bon. For sale at Signal-Return that night only!

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America's Endangered Coasts: From Texas to Maine
Dec
15
6:00pm 6:00pm

America's Endangered Coasts: From Texas to Maine

Thursday, December 15, from 6-8 PM
At Signal-Return, free and ample street parking.

Signal-Return is pleased to host the book launch of Detroit photographer and CCS professor John Ganis. His new book, "America's Endangered Coasts: From Texas to Maine" promises to make an important contribution to the world of photographic art, and the to the public's awareness of climate change and its impact on everyday life. 

The artist will be present and copies of the book will be available for sale. 

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Holiday Card Jam
Dec
2
5:00pm 5:00pm

Holiday Card Jam

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 2 [6-9PM]
Free and open to the public

Join us for our Fifth Annual Holiday Card Jam!

We'll have the presses set up with different holiday cards for you to print ($4 a card) 
and we'll be open late so you'll have plenty of extra time to shop for special gifts for your family and friends!

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Oct
27
7:00pm 7:00pm

KNOW IT BY HEART: A SLAM EVENT

Thursday, October 27, 7-9pm

In the introduction to the graphic novel version of his classic work FAHRENHEIT 451, author Ray Bradbury suggests that readers "should name the one book that he/she would most want to memorize and protect from any censors" and further consider "why it would be a valuable asset to be recited and remembered in the future." 

So, what book would you choose? What text would you memorize and protect for posterity? (Take a deep breath! So much to choose from, we understand!)  Join us this evening certainly to share your responses and perhaps to recite your chosen text--or excerpts of it--in the poetry slam to follow.  Prizes will be awarded!

This programming is made possible with the support of the Michigan Humanities Council

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TYPE-OH!-RAMA!
Oct
7
7:00pm 7:00pm

TYPE-OH!-RAMA!

7-11 pm at Signal-Return
Open to the public. All ages welcome.

We're celebrating our Fifth Anniversary at our Third Annual Fundraiser!

Join us at Type-Oh-Rama-Three! an action-packed celebratory event that will feature letterpress printing and games, a raffle of Signal-Return prints, beer, wine, popcorn, DJ Mike Medow and more!

We'll also be announcing guidelines and jurors of our second poster design competition!

Can't make it out, but want to donate? Learn more about donating to our annual fundraiser here

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Sep
28
7:00pm 7:00pm

BANNED BOOKS: POETRY READING

Wednesday, September 28, 7-9pm

Sometimes it's not just the book that gets banned but the author. Federico García Lorca was shot for his work; Osip Mandelstam was exiled for his poetry, Liu Xiaobo, recipient of the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize, has been unable to collect his award because he's serving an eleven year prison term. In this collaborative reading with Versal and Structo Magazine, Matthew Sadler, Matthew Landrum, and Casey Rocheteau will be reading work by and about poets who have been imprisoned, exiled, and executed for their writing.

Our evening’s poets:

Casey Rocheteau is the winner of the inaugural Write A House permanent residency in Detroit in 2014. Casey has attended the Callaloo Writer’s Workshop, Cave Canem and Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference in Sicily. Rocheteau is a Writer in Residence at InsideOut Literary Arts in Detroit and editor-in-chief at Kinfolks Quarterly and Heart Online Journal. Rocheteau’s second poetry collection, The Dozen, was released on Sibling Rivalry Press (2016).

Matthew Landrum is translation editor of Structo Magazine. His poems and translations have recently appeared in Agni, Michigan Quarterly Review, Image, and The Baltimore Review. His chapbook, The Lonesome Savior -- translations from the Faroese of Agnar Artúvertin, was published by Cold Hub Press in 2015. He teaches literature at Aim High School in Farmington Hills.

Matt Sadler is the author of The Much Love Sad Dawg Trio (March Street) and Tiny Tsunami (Flying Guillotine Press).  His poetry, prose and fiction have appeared in the Indiana Review, Diagram, Tarpaulin Sky, The Collagist, Metrotimes, and many other publications. He is currently Poetry Editor at Versal magazine, and he teaches writing and film at Detroit Country Day School.

This programming is made possible with the support of the Michigan Humanities Council

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Eastern Market After Dark
Sep
22
7:00pm 7:00pm

Eastern Market After Dark

Signal-Return will be open until 11PM. Come in to watch live printing, and tour the shop!

Eastern Market After Dark is an annual open house for artisan spaces located in the Eastern Market District. More than 30 creative venues open their doors for public, allowing the public to explore deeper into the neighborhood, and to experience the creative side of the neighborhood.

 

 

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The Printer's Devil
Aug
3
to Aug 27

The Printer's Devil

Reception: Friday, August 5th, 5-8 pm

August 3-27
The Scarab Club

Curated by Stephen William Schudlich, The Printer’s Devil is an exhibition of work that presents evidence of a flourishing printmaking community in Detroit, both building from, and challenging print tradition. The exhibition brings into focus the methods, madness and creative fruit associated with the processes of letterpress, relief, risograph, silkscreen and other “less formal” and DIY printing procedures being put into practice by Detroit’s unique creative community.

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Motor Signal Reading Series: Desiree Cooper and Bonnie Jo Campbell
Jun
15
7:00pm 7:00pm

Motor Signal Reading Series: Desiree Cooper and Bonnie Jo Campbell

Wednesday, June 15
7 PM

Open to the public with a $5 suggested donation

The Motor Signal Reading Series jolts poetry and prose reading out of its conventional form. Every event involves an activity of literary co-creation between performer and audience. 

Presented in partnership with Literary Detroit and Knight Arts Challenge.

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2nd Annual Earth Day Paper & Print Celebration
Apr
21
5:00pm 5:00pm

2nd Annual Earth Day Paper & Print Celebration

Thursday, April 21
5—7 PM

Free and open to the public

We love paper, and to celebrate its many wonderful qualities, Signal-Return is sponsoring a free open house for designers, artists, advertising agencies, students and printers. We will have representatives from French, Mohawk and Neenah paper mills and Legion Papers join us to share their products with the Detroit creative community. In honor of Earth Day, we promote sustainability as a community, earth friendly papers and sustainable production methods will be featured.
 
Our colleagues from the printing industry, Behrmann Printing, Berci Letterpress, Utley Brothers and KTD Print will also be present to share their expertise. Specialty Bindery (formerly, The Bessenberg Bindery) will be present to share their handcrafted bookbinding and decorating.
 
Signal-Return artists will be printing on select papers provided by our friends, the commercial paper mills present. We’re pleased to share that Detroit artist and papermaker Meg Heeres will be demonstrating hand papermaking.
 
We are delighted to also be unveiling the winners of our first poster design contest representing the musical legacy of our Motor City. The winners will be present with their award-winning posters.
 
Join us for information, paper samples, demonstrations, refreshments and fun!

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Motor Signal Reading Series: Aaron Foley & Billy Mark
Apr
20
7:00pm 7:00pm

Motor Signal Reading Series: Aaron Foley & Billy Mark

Wednesday, April 20
7 PM

Open to the public with a $5 suggested donation

The Motor Signal Reading Series jolts poetry and prose reading out of its conventional form. Every event involves an activity of literary co-creation between performer and audience. This month's features readers are Billy Mark and Aaron Foley.

Billy Mark is an experimental artist whose work is rooted in the art of poetic freestyle. Based in poetry, his work extends to areas of music, theater, sculpture, movement and installation. His current work explores the production of improvisational books and other multi-disciplin-ary long forms of improvisation. A graduate of the California Institute of the Arts, his writing has been published in The Guidebook of Alternative Nows and SEEN magazine. His work has been performed at REDCAT (Los Angeles), Spiel Festival (Austria), Detroit Contemporary, and Bushwick Open Studios (New York).

Aaron Foley is the editor of BLAC Detroit Magazine and author of "How to Live in Detroit Without Being a Jackass." He is a Detroit native whose work has appeared in several local and national publications.

Motor Signal is presented in partnership with Literary Detroit and Knight Arts Challenge.

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From East Asia to the Great Lakes: Korean Paper at Home and Abroad
Mar
17
7:00pm 7:00pm

From East Asia to the Great Lakes: Korean Paper at Home and Abroad

Thursday, March 17
7 PM

Free and open to the public

In the grand scheme of papermaking history, Korean paper traditions often receive only a passing mention. However, the history of hanji (Korean handmade paper) is nearly as old as the craft itself, reaching back over 1,500 years. Derived sustainably from the inner bark of the paper mulberry tree, hanji is durable and lustrous. This coveted item was made by farmers during bitter cold winters and used for books, documents, calligraphy, and painting. Hanji served material and spiritual culture as the body of illuminated sutras, kites, armor, shrouds, and chamber pots. Though highly endangered today, Korean paper is receiving more attention by conservators, designers, and artists. Through photographs, videos, and samples of paper, prints, and objects, Aimee Lee will share her experience of excavating these traditions and adapting them to artistic practices. She will also talk about the process of building the first hanji studio in North America at the Morgan Conservatory in Cleveland, where she is currently its resident artist.

Biography

Aimee Lee is an artist, papermaker, author, and leading hanji researcher and practitioner in the United States. She holds a BA from Oberlin College and an MFA from Columbia College Chicago. She researched Korean paper arts as a Fulbright fellow and built the first and only Korean papermaking studio in North America in 2010 at the Morgan Conservatory in Cleveland. In 2012, The Legacy Press published her first book, Hanji Unfurled: One Journey into Korean Papermaking, recognized by the Eric Hoffer Book Award in 2013. She exhibits internationally at sites that include the Fuller Craft Museum, Islip Art Museum, Museum of Nebraska Art, and BenCab Museum. Her artists' books reside in collections that include the Joan Flasch Artists' Books Collection, Museum of Modern Art Library, and Yale University Haas Library. She teaches and lectures at sites that include the American Museum of Natural History, Asian Art Museum, Cleveland Museum of Art, Denver Art Museum, Cleveland Institute of Art, Oberlin College, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Mills College, Notre Dame College, University of the Arts, Peters Valley School of Craft, Penland School of Crafts, and North Bennett Street School. She has been a resident artist at Art Farm, Haystack, Jentel, Ragdale, Saltonstall, Santa Fe Art Institute, Vermont Studio Center, and Weir Farm Arts Center. For more information, visit aimeelee.net.

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Motor Signal Reading Series: Phreddy Wischusen & Satori Shakor
Mar
16
7:00pm 7:00pm

Motor Signal Reading Series: Phreddy Wischusen & Satori Shakor

Wednesday, March 16
7 PM

Open to the public with a $5 suggested donation

The Motor Signal Reading Series jolts poetry and prose reading out of its conventional form. Every event involves an activity of literary co-creation between performer and audience. 

Satori Shakoor is a veteran of live entertainment, an artist and a social entrepreneur. In 2011, Ms. Shakoor became a Moth main stage storyteller and host. She currently hosts the Ann Arbor, Michigan Month story slams. In 2012, Ms. Shakoor created The Secret Society of Twisted Storytellers, a curated, monthly live storytelling event  that features real people who tell true stories, live at Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. TSSOTS has a global mission to connect humanity, heal and transform community and to provide an uplifting, thought-provoking, soul- cleansing entertainment experience through the art and craft of storytelling. 

Phreddy Wischeusen is a storyteller who is highly critical of his intense desire to totally immerse himself in every sensual experience life affords him. He grew up in a suburb of Atlanta and now lives in Highland Park, Michigan. He loves G-d and all the hard and splendid things that come with that. 

Presented in partnership with Literary Detroit and Knight Arts Challenge.

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Motor Signal Reading Series: Siaara Freeman & Scheherazade Washington
Feb
17
7:00pm 7:00pm

Motor Signal Reading Series: Siaara Freeman & Scheherazade Washington

Wednesday, February 17
7 PM

 

Open to the public with a $5 suggested donation

The Motor Signal Reading Series jolts poetry and prose reading out of its conventional form. Every event involves an activity of literary co-creation between performer and audience. Featured readers Siaara Freeman and Scheherazade Washington Parrish.

Siaara Freeman was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. She's very proud of this even when others assume she'd feel otherwise. She began writing at 7 years old and actively slamming at 15 for the National Brave New Voices Competition until she was 19. She then entered the adult scene, slamming for both Columbus and Cleveland, Ohio. Siaara's poems offer an actual face to the urban experience instead of caricature. Siaara insists that you see the people she sees, the stories she knows, whether you find them respectable or not. She has travelled the country and she does not make fans, she makes friends. Publications include Chicago Literati (May 2015), For Harriet (July 2015), and 3Elementz Review (Oct 2015). 

Scheherazade Washington Parrish is a Detroit School writer, an educator and creative coach with a background in poetry. She is a 2015 Spread Art fellow, and is currently working on Stretch Marks: A Mother’s Taboo, a collection of poetry, essays and monologues which narrate post-partum experiences, interrogating and deconstructing societal concepts of maternal love and duty.

Presented in partnership with Literary Detroit and Knight Arts Challenge.

 

 

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Book Release Party: "How to Live in Detroit Without Being a Jackass" by Aaron Foley
Dec
17
7:00pm 7:00pm

Book Release Party: "How to Live in Detroit Without Being a Jackass" by Aaron Foley

Thursday, December 17
7 PM

Free and Open to the Public

Join Belt Publishing and author Aaron Foley to celebrate the release of his first book, "How to Live in Detroit Without Being a Jackass"  -- a social guidebook for coastal transplants, wary suburbanites, unwitting gentrifiers, curious onlookers, die-hard natives, and everyone in between. With advice on everything from buying and rehabbing a house to not sounding like an uninformed racist when you talk to a black person, How to Live is an alternately hilarious and biting assessment of life in our city. But beyond the one-liners, it’s also an urgent call for a radically inclusive, compassionate approach to understanding Detroit that’s aimed at both old timers and newbies alike.

Aaron Foley grew up in Detroit and has written for local and national publications including Jalopnik, CNN, MLive, the AtlanticNext City, and others. His essay “We Love Detroit, Even if You Don’t” was included in A Detroit Anthology (Belt Publishing, 2014) and he writes a column for Belt Magazine (beltmag.com). 

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Holiday Card Jam
Dec
4
6:00pm 6:00pm

Holiday Card Jam

Friday, December 4 [6-9PM]

Free and Open to the public

Join us for our Fourth Annual Holiday Card Jam!

We'll have the presses set up with different holiday cards for you to print ($3 a card) 
and we'll be open late so you'll have plenty of time to shop fort special gifts for your family and friends!

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Better Fundraising Through Science: How National Science Foundation Grants Can Help You Support Your Art
Oct
31
10:00am10:00am

Better Fundraising Through Science: How National Science Foundation Grants Can Help You Support Your Art

A Workshop led by Michael Bennett
Saturday, October 31 at 10 am

Free and open to the public

In this era of shrunken public funding for the arts, inflationary art market prices for a fractional subset of artists, and museum management models based on corporate revenue generation strategies, most artists struggle to make a living at practicing their craft. Crowdfunding is touted as a viable response, but a growing body of evidence suggests that only a small percentage of campaigns are successful. This presentation will describe another viable, but less widely pursued alternative: National Science Foundation (NSF) grants. Through collaboration with academic researchers as fellow "investigators" on NSF proposals, as "societal impact" consultants on NSF grants and/or as an organizer of a workshop focused on scientific/technical dimensions of one's practice, artists are able to access this under-utilized funding source. The presentation will describe successful examples of artists working in these modes and sketch ways of using even "unsuccessful" proposals to further an art practice.

Michael Bennett is an associate research professor in Arizona State University’s School for the Future of Innovation in Society, a Lecturer in Law in the Sandra Day O’Connor School of Law, and Special Advisor on Technology and Legal Practice at the Northeastern University School of Law’s NuLawLab. He received his juris doctorate from Harvard Law School and his doctorate in Science and Technology Studies from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

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Type-Oh-Rama 2015!
Oct
10
to Oct 11

Type-Oh-Rama 2015!

Our annual fundraising extravaganza. Silent Auction, Letterpress Carnival Games, Food Trucks and more! Music provided by DJ Mike Medow & Julian Kendal!

This years silent auction donors include: Angelina’s / Bon Bon Bon / Bubble & Bark / Con Vida / Cost Plus Wines / Detroit Mercantile / DFT / DIA / Douglas & Co. / DSO / Elie Wine / Feet on the Street / Germack / Gold Cash Gold / Great Lakes Chamber Festival / Kuzzo’s / Milieu  / Mimi & Ferne / Nora / Ocelot Printshop / Orleans + Winder / Pages Bookshop / Pewabic Pottery / Pinwheel Bakery / Rubbed / Savvy Chic / Sister Pie / Seva / Shinola / Socra Tea Detroit / Source Booksellers / Sugar House / Supino's / Sussman Brothers / Sweet Potato Sensations / Tarot and Tea / Traffic Jam / Treat Dreams / UMS / WSU Press / Artwork, Signed books and more!

This event is free and open to the public, no tickets required.

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Eastern Market After Dark
Sep
24
7:00pm 7:00pm

Eastern Market After Dark

This celebration of arts in our Eastern Market neighborhood takes place Thursday, September 24 from 7 – 11 PM and we’re hosting two exciting events.  

1.  Resourcing Your Practice: A lively discussion on successfully navigating tools and platforms for funding creative work. 

    Guest speakers to be announced
    Free and open to all, no RSVP needed
    Sponsored by Creative Many and Kresge Arts in Detroit
    From 6 – 8 PM

2. Announcing a contest and an invitation:

Artists, illustrators, designers and anyone inspired by Detroit’s rich musical heritage, we want your best poster design.  To help you get inspired, we’ll have paper samples, examples of letterpress posters and prints for you to look at, along with letterpress printing demonstrations. That evening we’ll have more contest information (timeline, submission information and a list of jurors). Full information will also be available on our website after the September 24 date.

From 8-11 PM
Free and open to all, No RSVP needed. 

We’re looking to select three winners, and if your design is selected, here’s what happens:

1. Your work will be produced as a limited edition print
2. You will receive a private lesson in letterpress printing with our Printer in Residence, which will give you the skills to print your own edition.
3. This private guided lesson will entitle you to then utilize Open Studio to produce future artwork

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THE TEXT AND THE IMAGE AND THE BOOK: READINGS FROM A COLLABORATION
Sep
17
7:00pm 7:00pm

THE TEXT AND THE IMAGE AND THE BOOK: READINGS FROM A COLLABORATION

Signal-Return's Printer in Residence, Lee Marchalonis, and the Dallas Museum of Art's Writer in Residence, A. Kendra Greene, make artist's books and chapbooks together, wherein they worry about the cracking zebras and the stolen woodpeckers and what we know about the collectors of museum specimens and what we've already lost. Join these collaborators for a discussion of text and image and letterpress, with slideshow and readings from Yes, ButThe Mystery of the Musty Hide; and Anatomy of a Museum, or Everything You Every Wanted to Know About the Icelandic Phallological Museum But Were Afraid to Ask.

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Motor Signal: Identites
Jul
16
7:00pm 7:00pm

Motor Signal: Identites

Join us for our final Motor Signal event of the 2015 season! Motor Signal is a monthly reading series that jolts the poetry and prose reading out of its conventional form.

This month’s event will explore how we construct identity – racial, sexual, cultural, political, religious and beyond. How many identities do we inhabit and in what ways do they interact with one another? Featured readers include Natasha T. Miller and Ben Will. Open to the public with a $5 suggested donation.

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Motor Signal: Belonging
Jun
18
7:00pm 7:00pm

Motor Signal: Belonging

Join us for our June Motor Signal event! Motor Signal is a monthly reading series that jolts the poetry and prose reading out of its conventional form.

This month’s event will explore what it means to “belong” to a place and our inherent need as humans to feel a sense of belonging in our communities. Who do we consider outsiders and when do we become one ourselves? Featured readers include Tariq Luthun and Chad Rochkind. Open to the public with a $5 suggested donation.

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