Nominee’s nameAmelia Duran

SEEN Changemaker CategoryArt & Entertainment

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Nominee’s job titleCo-Director
Nominee’s cityDetroit
Please describe why the nominee is a SEEN Changemaker:

Her passion and verve to positively impact her community is unparalleled. The non-profit programs she designs are empowering, focused, and intuitive to address the specific needs of her community because she is uniquely adept to knowing what societal ills plaque the neighborhoods in which she has grown up in. Her work creates spaces and narratives for and by the people of Southwest Detroit. She has helped Detroit transcend into an art Mecca and leads the positive changes in Southwest Detroit.

Tell us about the individual’s accomplishments:

Her Projects:

Excert from www.garagecultural.org/AOB
Art on the Block - "Arte en la Cuadra is a community public art initiative and festival held in Southwest Detroit. AOB seeks to achieve a significant visual and social impact on the neighborhood by highlighting an array of public spaces and transforming them into a representation of the community’s vision of itself and its hopes for the future. The festival engages with the community to collaboratively create murals and events that are reflective of its identity, heritage, and overall appreciation for many forms of artistic expression including; art, music, food and culture. By bringing all these components together, and allowing people to play an active part in the creation of something, they learn to take pride not only in themselves and in their roles as positive members of their community, but also in the art that is left for them to “engage” with in their day-to-day lives. From murals on local businesses to art in parks, streets and on residential homes, Art on the Block - Arte en la Cuadra is about “coloring our streets” with the same kind of diversity and creativity we see in the people who live and work in the area."

Excert from www.garagecultural.org/nois
NOIS Neighborhood Office & Incubator Space - "To support economic development among southwest Detroit’s entrepreneurs through a community-designed resource hub/café/co-op workspace grounded in Latin American art, culture and food. A space capable of nurturing deep conversations about equitable development and artistic expression to leverage both positive economic impacts for themselves and to the social-fabric of their community. The project will renovate a 3200 sq ft storefront adjacent to our community arts and cultural center, Garage Cultural. It will create a public coffee shop, locally-sourced retail space and 20 affordable cooperative workspaces to provide these entrepreneurs with both the foot traffic and visibility needed to increase their revenue."

How is he/she impacting the community or the lives of people in Metro Detroit or across the world.

Creating cultural exchanges between local artists and artists from around the world.
Uplifting quality of life and bringing pride to Southwest Detroit.
Changing the narrative of art in the community and how it impacts the youth and families living there.
Impacting economic growth in the community.
Creating dynamic exchanges for equitable development in the community.
Creating space for creative expressions.
Creating spaces for positive development of our youth.


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