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Report: Arts and cultural nonprofits serve as economic engines for Michigan

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When it comes to statewide budgeting, arts and cultural organizations often are considered a luxury and not a necessity.

However, according to data compiled by Creative Many Michigan Inc. — a Detroit-based statewide nonprofit organization that works to develop a creative economy through research, advocacy and communication — arts and cultural organizations are pivotal to economic growth in the state.

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Grant will help integrate liberal arts into engineering at LTU

Lawrence Technological University and four other members of the Association of Independent Technological Universities (AITU) have been awarded a three-year, $398,000 grant from the Teagle Foundation in New York City to integrate liberal arts into engineering curricula.

As an outgrowth of a previous planning project, the AITU members will be the first to embark on an implementation strategy under the Teagle Foundation’s “Liberal Arts in the Professions” initiative. 

The grant will be administered by the Rochester Institute of Technology. The other participating AITU members are Harvey Mudd College, the Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering, and the Worchester Polytechnic Institute.

The three-year grant project will develop and implement curricula for a “liberal-arts focused” Grand Challenge Scholars Program (GCSP), which is sponsored by the National Academy of Engineering. The program attempts to focus undergraduate engineer training on 14 of the most important engineering challenges facing contemporary society, such as carbon sequestration, modernizing urban infrastructure, and engineering brain functions. The GCSP was featured by President Barack Obama during the 2015 White House Science Fair in March.

“It is a privilege to work with other leading engineering schools around the country to develop new approaches to engineering education that will better prepare our graduates to take leadership roles in their careers,” said LTU Provost Maria Vaz.

Associate Professor Jason Barrett, chair of LTU’s Department of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Communication, will serve as LTU’s principal investigator on the project. Jerry LeCarpentier, director of Lawrence Tech’s biomedical engineering program, will coordinate the program for LTU’s College of Engineering. Dean of Arts and Sciences Hsiao-Ping Moore also worked with Dean of Engineering Nabil Grace and his department chairs in setting up parameters for the program.

One goal of the GCSP is to produce engineering graduates who are prepared and motivated to address the most challenging problems facing the world and the nation. The National Academy of Engineering also seeks to introduce innovative educational approaches that will eventually become the mainstream educational paradigm for all engineering students.

The New York City-based Teagle Foundation works to support and strengthen higher education, acting as a catalyst for improvements in teaching and learning in the arts and sciences. It was established in 1944 by Walter C. Teagle, longtime president and later chairman of Standard Oil Company (New Jersey), now Exxon Mobil.

For more information about the GCSP program, go to:
https://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2015/03/24/empowering-next-generation-engineers-address-grand-challenges-21st-century
 

Cranbrook Academy of Art graduate awarded artist residency in Berlin

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Cranbrook Academy of Art has announced that Aaron Patrick Decker has been awarded the 2015 Mercedes-Benz Financial Services Emerging Artist Award. This is the 10th year Mercedes-Benz Financial Services has given an Academy graduate the award.

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Kids workshop uses Legos to get things moving

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When you walk in the door of Robot Garage in Birmingham, you are immediately transported to another world: Ancient Rome.

But this city, complete with electric catapults, is only a few weeks old.

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Water Works Theatre Company announces auditions

Water Works Theatre Company announces that auditions for its 14th season of Shakespeare In The Park in Royal Oak's Starr Jaycee Park will take place March 24 & 25. This season, Water Works will present Hamlet July 31 - August 10 as the festival's main stage performance. For its popular daylight family show, the theatre company will present The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) (Revised) by Adam Long, Daniel Singer, and Jess Winfield, August 2-10.

Auditions for Hamlet and The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) (Revised) will take place March 24 & 25 at Royal Oak First United Methodist Church 320 W. Seventh Street Royal Oak. Audition times will be scheduled between 6:00 pm and 10:00 pm both days. Interested actors should request an audition appointment by emailing waterworksbackstage@earthlink.net or calling (248) 399-3727. To audition, actors must prepare two contrasting monologues, one Shakespeare, and one comedic contemporary piece, lasting no longer than 4 minutes total. When calling or emailing for an appointment, actors should include their name, the date and time of their preferred slot, and an email address and phone number to be contacted with a confirmed appointment.

Hamlet will be directed by Water Works founder and executive director Ed Nahhat. The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) (Revised) will be directed by Water Works Artistic Director Sara Wolf Molnar. Both shows are open to Actors' Equity and Non Equity performers. All roles are available with the exception of Laertes and Ophelia in Hamlet. Equity members will work under a special appearance contract and non-equity actors will be paid a small stipend.
 
Since 2001 Water Works has presented Shakespeare in the Park in Royal Oak and other award-winning productions. Water Works enhances the quality of life in the community by offering Michigan's only outdoor professional Shakespeare event in Royal Oak's Starr Jaycee Park. Water Works' mission is to provide a place to call home for local professional actors, designers, directors, teachers, and other artists in a dynamic collaboration with skilled professional volunteers and other community supporters. Learn more at: www.waterworkstheatre.com.

Puppets more than child's play

Timothy Sëlberg and his team at Sëlberg Studios Inc. in Independence Township design, sculp, and produce puppets, "three-dimensional carved mechanized figures," for ventriloquists and collectors all over the world.

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Superhero movie to begin filming in Metro Detroit in early 2014, create over 400 jobs

Next winter, be on the watch for caped crusaders in town! With the assistance of the Michigan Film Office, Warner Bros. Pictures is bringing a pair of superpowers together.

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"The film, from director Zack Snyder, brings together the two greatest Super Heroes of all time—Superman and Batman—for the first time on the big screen.     Production on the new film is expected to begin in metro Detroit and throughout Michigan sometime in the first quarter of 2014.   Snyder is co-writing the story with David S. Goyer, who is writing the screenplay.   Charles Roven and Deborah Snyder are producing the film, which will star Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane.

...The production is expected to hire 406 Michigan workers, with a full time equivalent of 426 jobs, plus an additional 6,000 man/days of extra work.   The production anticipates using approximately 500 local Michigan vendors during the course of production and spending $5.1 million on local hotels, as well as an additional $3.5 million in out-of-town cast and crew per diem payments that will be spent in the local economy but which fall outside of the incentive program."

And in other news, a new video game project, Blood of the Werewolf, is afoot.

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"Blood of the Werewolf  is a side scrolling platform video game for the Xbox PlayStation, Nintendo and PC platforms. The project will be entirely produced and developed by Farmington Hills-based Scientifically Proven Entertainment at Studio Center in Farmington Hills.   It follows the story of a werewolf named Selena as she journeys through a land of classic monsters to avenge the death of her husband and save her kidnapped child."

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Art sector contributes millions to Michigan economy

ArtServe Michigan released its Creative State Michigan report focused on Fiscal Year 2010 detailed economic and social data 346 nonprofit arts and cultural organizations, representing an estimated 17 percent of the more than 2,000 cultural groups operating statewide, finding that these organizations contributed more than one-half billion dollars in expenditures alone to the Michigan economy in 2010.

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New beat drives music business in Detroit

Crain's Detroit Business's first-ever music issue takes an in-depth look at the music industry in metro Detroit.

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Troy company is destination for car restoration

The Classic & Exotic Service restoration business in Troy is dedicated to restoring and servicing legendary luxury cars decades out of production, like the Dusenberg (last built in 1937) or even classic Aston Martins from the 1950s. 

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Cranbrook Academy of Art wins 2012 ICFF editors award for Best Design School

Over the weekend of May 19-20, a group of top editors from distinguished global design magazines voted for their favorite exhibitors and products at this year’s annual International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) in New York. They put their seal of approval on Cranbrook Academy of Art at the ICFF Exhibitors Reception last night, which was named as Best Design School.
 
This is the fourth year that the Academy’s 3D Design Department has been invited by the organizers of ICFF to participate in an exhibition featuring the world’s leading design schools. The Cranbrook entry — “Rest and Concentration in the Workplace”* — evolved out of a sponsored-student project created by Herman Miller to nurture a new generation of design talent through the exploration of emerging challenges in the workplace. 
 
“Rest and Concentration” addresses challenges in the modern office where space is required for teamwork as well as rest, concentration and sometimes, ‘personal escape.’ The project brief from Herman Miller asked Cranbrook’s students to confront several questions, such as: When individual workers need a moment away from the group, what type of furniture would be best to support their rest and concentration?; If the new work culture requires an integration of living and working, then what is the new vision of physical rest in a professional setting?  Students researched these questions by interviewing office workers and visiting office environments, including Herman Miller’s ‘Design Yard,’ to better understand the dynamics at play in the contemporary workplace.

After an initial presentation of concepts and rough-scale models, six proposals were selected by members of Herman Miller’s product development leadership to be produced into full-scale prototypes. With the support of the company’s engineering team and local upholstery and fabrication vendors, the students were able to realize their concepts at a high level of detail and finish. The final six prototypes, now on view at the Javits center, are: Private Rocker, Stump Ottoman, Alcove Chair, Tri-fold Bench, Office Lounge, and Integrated Workstation.*
 
“This project pushed our students to develop a strong point-of-view and to deliver that message with specific form,” said Scott Klinker, Head of the 3D Design Department and Designer-in-Residence at Cranbrook Academy of Art. “The final prototypes have a youthful ‘business casual’ character and present a strong vision for the future office.”
 
“Rest and Concentration,” also served the important function of connecting the internationally renowned Holland, Michigan-based Herman Miller with a new generation of Cranbrook designers. In total, sixteen graduate students in the 3D Design Department participated in the 2-semester collaboration, which involved extensive reviews of work by the company’s product development teams at their corporate headquarters.
 
“The process helped the students understand the complex set of voices beyond the designer's own which are necessary to achieve commercial success,” said Gary Smith, Director of Design Facilitation & Exploration at Herman Miller. “It was also a great opportunity to encourage new Cranbrook talent, to provide perspective gleaned from an 80-year unbroken history of design collaboration, and to share with another generation the meaningfulness of human-centered problem solving."
 
ICFF Editors Awards Committee included: Arlene Hirst; Elizabeth Pagliacolo, Azure; Amanda Dameron, Dwell; Cristina Bonini, Interni; Chantal Hamaide, Intramuros; Paul Makovsky,Metropolis; Pei-Ru Keh, Wallpaper.
 
*Hi-Res images of the work presented at ICFF and information on the Herman Miller sponsored project at Cranbrook Academy of Art can also be found at:http://www.cranbrookforhermanmiller.com
 
Cranbrook Academy of Art
Cranbrook Academy of Art is the country’s top ranked, graduate-only program in architecture, design and fine art. Each year, just 75 students are invited to study and live on our landmark Saarinen-designed campus, which features private studios, state-of-the art workshops, a renowned Art Museum, and 300 acres of forests, lakes, and streams, all a short drive from the red-hot art, design, and music scene of Detroit. The focus at Cranbrook is on studio practice in one of ten disciplines: Architecture, 2D and 3D Design, Ceramics, Fiber, Metalsmithing, Painting, Photography, Print Media, and Sculpture. The program is anchored by celebrated Artists- and Designers-in-Residence, one for each discipline, all of whom live and practice on campus alongside our students. For more information, visit us at www.cranbrookart.edu.

Plutonium Paint offers high-end spray paint for graffiti, murals, DIYers

Get ready for the slow paint movement. A Southfield-based start-up has developed a high-end spray paint that emphasizes quality and is aimed at contemporary creatives, such as street art artists, muralists, arts and crafts enthusiasts and do-it-yourselfers.

Plutonium Paint has taken a modified automotive acrylic, designed a new spray can nozzle for it, and is marketing it toward artists demanding higher quality products for their work. The one-year-old company has 40 different colors to choose from and the potential to create many more.

"The colors are much more vibrant and the paint is much heavier," says Barry Fleischer, president of Plutonium Paint. "You can feel it when you use it. It covers much better."

Fleischer, purchased the intangible assets of an existing paint company that couldn't make the idea work. They redesigned the packaging, the distribution and the spray nozzle to handle the heavier paint.  The paint can be applied at 360 degrees due to its unique self-clean valve. The product is entirely made in America and is focused on keeping production in Michigan when possible.

"This is the only high-end, quality paint made in America," Fleischer says.

Plutonium Paint started to ship its initial products in December and is already in some True Value hardware stores in Michigan, among other local retail locations. The Fleischers hope to have their paints in 500 stores by the end of the year. The company has also grown from its original two co-founders to six employees and a handful of independent contractors today. More hires are expected to come as the product gains traction in the market.

Source: Barry Fleischer, president of Plutonium Paint
Writer: Jon Zemke

Read more about Metro Detroit's growing entrepreneurial ecosystem at SEMichiganStartup.com.

Media Genesis and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra stretch the boundaries of going to the Symphony

Watching a Detroit Symphony Orchestra concert has now become much easier – you can now watch from the comfort of your own home or office.The Detroit Symphony Orchestra, DSO, partnered with Media Genesis, a Troy-based Internet services firm, to create an interactive viewing environment to broadcast “Live from Orchestra Hall,” a series of live HD concert webcasts.

The DSO said that it's the only U.S. orchestra to offer a series of free webcasts and its last webcast was viewed by nearly 5,500 people.  Since launching the series in April 2011, more than 30,000 viewers in over 40 countries have tuned in to Live from Orchestra Hall.

Media Genesis designed the webcast page to immerse the viewer in the concert and give them the illusion of watching right from one of Orchestra Hall’s red theater chairs. Viewers can even dim the lights to imitate the lights lowering in a real concert.

Media Genesis built and programmed the webcast page to give users to the ability to Tweet comments about the concert, interact with other concert viewers and follow the #DSOLive feed – all from the same page.  Views can also click to see a full schedule of upcoming webcasts and add them straight to their online calendar.

Media Genesis services more than 300 companies and nonprofit organizations. An in-house team provides a wide range of services including web design, search engine optimization, social networking and design and development of e-learning systems, mobile applications, intranets and content management systems. For more information on Media Genesis, please visit www.mediaG.com.

Sales potential infinite for new Royal Oak jeweler

Nick Bederian, owner of Royal Oak's Infinity Jewelers, has spent over two decades as a jewelry manufacturer. He recently moved his shop from Redford to downtown Royal Oak, where he has all the equipment he needs for designing, manufacturing, and repairs while you wait.

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Art Institute opens Troy campus

A remodeled 18,900 sq. ft space on Maple in Troy will soon be a hub for aspiring fashion designers, photographers, animators and more.

The Art Institute opened its second Michigan campus in Troy after the success of its initial 2007 expansion in Novi. The Art Institutes are part of the Illinois Institute of Art -- Chicago and the Art Institutes’ system of 45 institutions across the North America.

Campus directors said they chose Troy for the city's reputation as a business center and its geographic convenience. The Art Institute of Michigan-Troy, which is currently enrolling students for the fall semester, will offer bachelor's degrees in commercial creative fields like fashion marketing, web animation, and interior design; as well as several associate's degree and diploma programs in related fields.

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"We are excited to expand our fashion, design and media arts programs in the greater Detroit community," John Mazzoni, president of the Art Institutes, said in a prepared statement. "After looking at the amount of creative talent and the professional opportunities in this area, we knew there was no question about where to open an additional location in the state, to provide the same caliber of education as our Novi … school."

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