MetroArts Detroit ninth season begins airing on Detroit Public Television July 24

DETROIT (July 1, 2020) – The ninth season of MetroArts Detroit, which is produced at Wayne State University, will begin airing on July 24, 2020, on Detroit Public Television, WTVS TV, Channel 56. The show will air on Fridays at 2:30 p.m.

MetroArts features artists from the metro Detroit area who represent the disciplines of visual, performing and communication arts. Each show is comprised of three segments, with guests who discuss their current work and future endeavors. Depending on the discipline, the artists either perform or showcase their creative works.

The new season of MetroArts Detroit includes 11 shows produced with Wayne State student crew members at the 5057 Midtown studio. The Midtown studio is a cooperative venture between Wayne State University’s College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts’ Department of Communication and Detroit Public TV. This season’s host is Wayne State student Abriana Walton. The show is produced by Senior Lecturer and Midtown TV studio Manager Kimmerly Piper-Aiken, Ph.D., and Associate Director for Information Technology Gary Cendrowski.

The musical guest on the first show this season is experimental R&B group Cousin Mouth. We’ll also explore the work of photographer Jacob Lewkow and learn about the Holistic Ballet Yoga organization. Musical guests in later shows include the indie band Who Boy, rap/hip-hop artist Phil Swish, pop singer-songwriter Ètto Valli, rock band Play the Odds, operatic singer Kisma Jordan, award-winning jazz pianist Pamela Wise and others. Throughout the season, we’ll see works from the Mint Artists Guild, and feature the creations of Tony Whlgn, Trae Isaac, Scott Kuefler, Audra Olivia, Victoria Shaheen, Jeff Gaydash, DeAnn Wiley and Jim Williams. We’ll also showcase dance from Bianca Revels, Motor City Irish Dance, Grupi Krenaria of Albanian Roots and the Mawtini Dabkeh Troupe. Additionally, we’ll see a puppet demonstration from Carrie Morris Arts Production, along with performances from the Mosaic Youth Theatre, poetry from Càndida, fashion by Erica Hobson and more.

“The goal of the show is to bring awareness to up-and-coming artists as well as support those artists who’ve worked their entire lives in the metro Detroit area by being arts advocates and taking active roles in their communities,” said Piper-Aiken. 

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Established in 1986, the College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts (CFPCA) is educating the next generation of visual artists, musicians, communication professionals, designers, art historians, actors and dancers. The college offers 16 undergraduate programs, 10 graduate programs and three graduate certificates through the James Pearson Duffy Department of Art and Art History, the Maggie Allesee Department of Theatre and Dance, and the departments of communication and music. The departments of music and theatre and dance are nationally accredited.

The college's size, diversity and creative energy make it a major force in the life of Wayne State and metro Detroit. Wayne State University, located in the heart of Detroit’s Midtown Cultural Center, is a premier urban research institution offering more than 350 academic programs through 13 schools and colleges to nearly 27,000 students.

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MetroArts Detroit ninth season begins airing on Detroit Public Television July 24

  • Episode 901 - Guests include Susan Clayton, dancers from Holistic Ballet Yoga, photographer Jacob Lewkow and R&B group Cousin Mouth.
  • Episode 902 – Guests include poet Càndida, artists from the Mint Artists Guild and the indie band Who Boy.
  • Episode 903 - Guests include dancer/artist Bianca Revels, muralist/entrepreneur Tony Whlgn, and rap/hip-hop artist Phil Swish and his band.
  • Episode 904 – Guests include pop singer-songwriter Ètto Valli, artist Trae Isaac, and dancers from Motor City Irish Dance.
  • Episode 905 – Guests include chainsaw artist/woodcarver Scott Kuefler, Thomas Harris and Shanthi Senthe from Mula Films, and the rock band Play the Odds.
  • Episode 906 – Guests include actors from Mosaic Youth Theatre, artists Aubrey and Elena Smyth from Armageddon Beachparty, and the rock band Desires.
  • Episode 907 – Guests include Carrie Morris and puppeteers with the CMAP organization, artist Audra Olivia, and the alternative rock band Up All Hours.
  • Episode 908 – Guests include dancers who perform Albanian dance with Grupi Krenaria, artist Victoria Shaheen and indie folk group Ohly.
  • Episode 909 – Guests include singer-songwriter Marquette and her band, photographer Jeff Gaydash, and the Mawtini Dabkeh Troupe.
  • Episode 910 – Guests include filmmakers Devin and Bryce Cameron from Cameron Cinematic, artist DeAnn Wiley, and operatic singer Kisma Jordan and her band.
  • Episode 911 – Guests include jazz pianist Pamela Wise and her band, painter Jim Williams, and fashion designer Erica Hobson.

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