Kresge Arts in Detroit is Pleased to Share
Exciting Staff Changes!
Effective July 1, Michelle Perron, Director since the program’s inception in 2008, began a new role as Founding Director. While Michelle’s day-to-day responsibilities for the program will phase out over time, her critical contributions to Kresge Arts in Detroit’s ongoing evolution will continue, with a particular emphasis on strategic planning as the program looks toward the future and marks its 10-year milestone in 2018.
In addition, Michelle is taking on the responsibilities as the inaugural Director of the College for Creative Studies‘ newly-formed Office of Exhibitions & Public Programs, which will further strengthen CCS’s role as an anchor in Detroit’s arts and culture community. The OEPP will provide the College and the community a variety of exhibition opportunities on campus, as well as special and off-site exhibitions throughout the area. It will also manage the campus visiting artist program, the Woodward Lecture Series, and provide professional development activities and educational programming for both students and the general public alike.
Kresge Arts in Detroit is now led by Director Christina deRoos, who joined the staff as Deputy Director in 2013. Christina is an artist (mixed media, multimedia, performance), curator and arts organizer whose work lies at the intersection of art, activism and personal reflection. Previously based in New York, Christina co-founded Bushwick Open Studios and Arts in Bushwick, and was the Managing Director of Chez Bushwick, a Brooklyn nonprofit dedicated to the advancement of interdisciplinary art and performance.
Ryan Myers-Johnson, who joined the staff as Program Manager in 2015 is now Assistant Director. Ryan brings to the position a strong passion for Detroit art and culture. She is the founder and curator of Sidewalk Festival of Performing Arts, an annual celebration of Detroit’s independent and alternative performance scene through site-responsive performance and installation. Ryan is also a practicing choreographer and dance educator.
We are also excited to share that Nicole Peterson, who began working with Kresge Arts in Detroit as an intern in 2013, was recently hired as the Program Coordinator. Nicole Peterson is a recent graduate of Oakland University, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Art History and Drawing, as well as a minor in Graphic Design. She graduated with departmental honors in both majors, and received departmental writing awards for three straight years.
Lastly, we want to extend our appreciation to Noah Elliott Morrison for his dedication and positive impact on the program since 2014. We wish him well in his new role as Director of Operations at Ponyride!
*Photo by Noah Elliott Morrison