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Nominee’s nameDave Danielson

SEEN Changemaker CategoryArt & Entertainment

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Nominee’s job titleCreative Director, Display Group
Nominee’s cityDetroit
Please describe why the nominee is a SEEN Changemaker:

In the city of Detroit, we are so lucky to be surrounded by a thriving arts and culture scene. For so many of us, finding the opportunities to combine art and business are there, but sometimes difficult to find. Display Group is a team of creative event producers, accomplished tradesmen, and devoted production specialists. As the Creative Director of DG3D, Display Group's in-house creative workshop, Dave manages the entire creative team and all of the projects we produce and sculpt in-house. Dave is someone that loves art, loves artists, and loves Detroit. He has brought so much innovation to the company and is a crucial leader of our team.

Tell us about the individual’s accomplishments:

It's funny, when I was looking up his accomplishments, I couldn't find any "formal" awards. However, I want to share some projects that he has created and the accolades those have received.
Dave is a phenomenal artist, truly. Recently, we debuted a new Spirit of Detroit sculpture (Link: https://www.displaygroup.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/Spirit-of-Detroit-Garden-Theater-337x600.jpg) and he sketched the face by hand.
Another excellent piece of work he created was the Truce sculpture that was shortlisted at Cannes this year. (Link: https://www.instagram.com/p/By0-eqanADS/ and https://tracylocke.com/2019/06/26/cannes-you-say-colatruce/) It was a heartwarming campaign and the sculpture he made is from foam and it looks like a bronze statue!
As Creative Director, he has been an integral part of the team and has created an environment where artists and creatives can thrive.

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

Dave is someone that is invested in Detroit. Not only is he invested in the city, he is also invested in the artists in the city. He has hired local artists and allowed them to thrive in the workshop. He has created an environment where artists get to develop and think and solve problems. When a client requests something, chances are it has never been made before and the DG3D team, under Dave's leadership, solves those problems.
He is in charge of creating some innovative pieces that have been displayed all over the country. He has created a space within Detroit for artists to succeed and has designed and developed pieces that showcase the best parts of Detroit to the world.

 

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