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Christina deRoos
Director

About

Christina deRoos is an artist (mixed media, multimedia, performance), curator and arts organizer. Her work lies at the intersection of art, activism and personal reflection, and draws from her background in political science (B.A., University of Colorado) and law (J.D. with honors, University of Washington). 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, with a strong focus on experimental dance. From 2009 – 2016, Christina was the co-director of Spread Art, an artist-run nonprofit providing residencies to local, national and international artists, and presenting contemporary and experimental work across all disciplines.

Katie McGowan
Managing Director

About

Katie G. McGowan is an interdisciplinary artist, cultural producer, and committed advocate for creative workers. Originally from the metro area, Katie returned to Detroit in 2011—following  a decade of working as an artist, educator, and writer in several U.S. locations and in Croatia—to collaboratively build the Department of Education and Public Engagement at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD). In this position she co-founded the museum’s DEPE Space residency program and helped launch and program the Mike Kelley Mobile Homestead (a sculptural edifice on the museum’s grounds), in addition to designing and executing museum programming. Subsequently she has lectured at the College for Creative Studies and Eastern Michigan University, created and run an art consulting firm, and served as program director for the Ann Arbor Film Festival—the oldest experimental and avant-garde film festival in North America. Katie’s artwork explores empathy and affect. She engages in genre-bending performance, writing creative nonfiction, and working as an amateur private eye. She holds an M.F.A. from The University of Iowa in Intermedia as well as M.A. and B.A. degrees from Wayne State University, in English. katiegracemcgowan.com/

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Nicole Peterson
Program Coordinator

About

Nicole Peterson is an artist, designer, crafter, and arts-enthusiast born and raised in metro Detroit. She is a graduate of Oakland University, where she earned her B.A. in Art History and Drawing with a minor in Graphic Design. She graduated with departmental honors in both majors, and received first place in the research essay category of writing awards for three consecutive years. Nicole has been involved with Kresge Arts in Detroit since 2014, holding various titles such as Administrative Intern, Program Assistant, and Interim Operations Manager.

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Asukile Gardner
Program Coordinator

About

Asukile Gardner is a draftsman, painter, printmaker, and sequential artist born and raised in Detroit. His artwork has been exhibited throughout the city in venues such as the Scarab Club, Detroit Repertory Theatre, and the Ellen Kayrod Gallery. Asukile has worked in the art sector for years with such notable institutions as the Virgil Carr Center, Detroit Institute of Arts, and the community+public arts: DETROIT program at the College for Creative Studies. He received his B.F.A. in drawing and printmaking, and recently completed his M.A. in fine art at Wayne State University.

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Angela Abiodun
Interim Program Producer: Professional Development

About

Angela Abiodun is an educator, a writer, and a movement enthusiast. She’s taught middle and high school English, crafted programming for organizations like Detroit Food Academy, and crafted community initiatives for the University of Kwazulu-Natal’s Center for Adult Education. Through her writing, she explores ancestral inheritance, mental health, the power of gesture, re-imagining narratives and the parameters of movement. She is a member of the performance ensemble Visions of the Evolution.

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Erin Martinez
Interim Program Coordinator: Professional Development

About

Erin Martinez has worked for more than a decade within many Detroit area arts and culture organizations, including MOCAD, the Detroit Children’s Museum, Cranbrook Art Museum, Living Arts, and the Detroit Institute of Arts. She has worked as both an arts administrator and arts educator, managing programs, writing curriculum, delivering lessons, and coaching both teaching artists and certified classroom teachers in the practices of arts-infused education and youth-driven program development. Outside of her work with Kresge Arts in Detroit, Erin manages Mapache Medicine Craft Collective, an entrepreneurial platform for the sustainable production and trade of artisan-made crafts, which functions to contribute to the building of a feminist economy.