Marygrove Preps for NEA Event Featuring Detroit Artist Satori Shakoor

ShakoorAs many of you may recall, last year Marygrove College announced a new project, “Community Engagement in Northwest Detroit: Celebrating Neighborhood Artists.” This project, made possible in part by a grant awarded to the college by the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA), will bring Satori Shakoor, Executive Director of the Society for the Re-Institutionalization of Story-Telling, to the college where she will lead a series of workshops for beginning storytellers. Shakoor will begin working with novice storytellers in February.

These efforts will culminate in a three-day-long series of events on September 22-24 on the campus of Marygrove College in the Theatre in the Liberal Arts Building.

In addition to featuring the work of Shakoor’s students, this three-day celebration will also showcase music and choreography by Marygrove’s Dance & Music Departments and include other programming about neighborhood artists, including Marygrove’s Institute for Music & Dance.

This celebration will be the culmination of a yearlong series of activities that will mark the opening of the Charles McGee Community Commons, a new green space planned for the Wyoming & McNichols corner of the Marygrove campus. The Commons will feature a relief sculpture created by Charles McGee, Kresge Foundation’s Inaugural 2008 Eminent Artist.

In preparation for the event, the NEA Committee and Marygrove’s Institute for Detroit Studies are sponsoring a panel discussion, “What Is the Relationship Between Creative Vitality and Healthy Communities?” on Wednesday March 9, 2016 at 7 p.m. in Marygrove’s Alumni Hall in the Madame Cadillac Building.

For further information about this event, contact Dr. Thomas Klug, Director of the Institute at (313) 927-1291 or

For information about the Creatives Survey, currently underway, and the storytelling workshops, please contact Kay Johnson at (313) 927-1538 or

Follow the Facebook page for this project, Connecting Northwest Detroit Creatives,

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