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Saturday, June 16 • 4:00pm - 5:30pm
The SPOT Youth-Led Open Studio: Visual and Media Arts Playshop

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In Living Arts’ Teen Open Studio, art is a medium for energizing, collectivizing, mobilizing, and realizing ourselves and our communities by breaking down hierarchy and prioritizing self-directed learning. Participants in this live open studio session make creative process decisions to explore the arts as a vehicle for creating images, sounds, and other messages. In this lab, teens and artists will be guides as participants learn what an open studio is and how to leverage its power for good.


Natasha Beste

Living Arts
Natasha Beste is a video artist, director, educator, and performer. As co-owner of media production company Gold House Media, she uses experimental narrative and documentary styles to create complex, compelling mixed media video artwork. Her music videos have been featured on MTV... Read More →

Zack Bissell

Living Arts
Zack Bissell is a musician, world traveler, educator, and arts administrator originally from rural northwestern Michigan. He graduated summa cum laude from Michigan State University with a B.A. in Arts and Humanities, a minor in Spanish, and a specialization in Latin American and... Read More →

Erika Villarreal Bunce

Living Arts
Erika is an arts administrator, art educator and visual artist who brings 15 years of experience in increasing arts access, with a focus on young people in urban areas. Her formal background is in visual arts, and she earned her MFA in Studio Art from Purdue University in 2010 and... Read More →

Tanykia Diamond Davis

Tanykia “Diamond” Davis is a young artist and dancer at Living Arts. She is a Junior and a vocal major at the Detroit School of Arts. Diamond started dancing at Living Arts in October of 2015 and really likes the Youth Dance Ensemble, her instructors, and the environment of always being greeted and asked how she is. When she was younger, she danced jazz, modern, and contemporary, which she has continued at Living Arts while also adding hip hop to her repertoire. Diamond took naturally to being a leader in classes at Living Arts and has led various demonstrations, discussions, and initiatives within the organization. She recently performed choreography in the public performance program, Teatro Chico, and spoke in a panel discussion about her growth as a young artist., Living Arts

Jeimy Lopez

Living Arts
Jeimy L√≥pez is a senior at Cass Technical High School in Detroit. She became involved with Living Arts when "the SPOT" opened in 2015 and has been a loyal fan ever since. She spends rest of her out of school time in Junior ROTC and swimming. She is also a part of a program called... Read More →

Johnathan Williams

Living Arts
Johnathan Williams is a freshman at Cass Technical High School in Detroit. He has been a youth participant with Living Arts since 2014 and got involved with "the SPOT" soon after the program was piloted. Johnathan is also involved in Boy Scouts as a Tinderfoot and is an actor with... Read More →

Saturday June 16, 2018 4:00pm - 5:30pm
STATE HALL: Room 137

Attendees (33)