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citizenSHIP Opening a big Success

August 12, 2019

On August 2, the Opening Reception with the Soap Box Event at Riverside Arts Center attracted a large crowd! The exhibitions featured many Michigan artists as well as work from seven other states. We had eight community speakers: Mayor of Ypsilanti Beth Bashert, Ypsilanti Township organiser and radio host Alex Thomas, Mary Heinen Director of Prison Creative Arts Project, Brother Noah from Ann Arbor Ypsilanti Arts, Rena Basch from Voters Not Politicians, John Hollingsworth for the Poor People’s Campaign, our juror Valerie Mann, dancer and choreographer Gina Danene Thompson, and musician and storyteller Ken Kozora. First Friday in Ypsilanti brings in so many people and we gave them lots to reflect on. Our thanks to Trevor Stone and the Riverside Arts Center staff for partnering with us on this community engagement project.

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