MetroArts Detroit - Season 8 Begins Airing on Detroit Public Television, August 2

The eighth season of MetroArts Detroit, produced at Wayne State University, will begin airing on Detroit Public Television, WTVS TV, Channel 56, Fridays at 5:30 p.m., starting on August 2, 2019.   

The new season of MetroArts Detroit includes 14 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.

MetroArts logoMetroArts features artists from the Metropolitan Detroit area who represent the disciplines of visual, performing and communication arts. The musical guest on the first show is pop singer-songwriter Siena Liggins.  We’ll also explore the work master artist and muralist Dr. Hubert Massey and culture creators Moses and Pretti Teej.  Musical guests in later shows include the pop-rock band Rosie and the Fellas, Americana duo The Drinkard Sisters, World music from Luis Resto and Pathe Jassi, Indie bands Hala, Double Winter, Shortly, Mark Whalen and the Buttermilk Boys, Kimball, Beta Camp, along with jazz from the Allen Dennard Quartet and R & B music from Isis Damil and the duo A-Plus.  We’ll also see the work of award-winning fine artists including Diamond Symone, Marlo Broughton, Sixmau, artists from the Detroit Society of Women Painters and Sculptors and more.  We’ll tour the Michigan Opera Theatre and we’ll showcase fashion, dance, film and video producers, plus comedy and theater.      

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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. Each show is comprised of three segments, with guests who talk about their current work and their future endeavors. Depending on the discipline, the artists either perform or showcase their creative works during their segments. This season’s host is Wayne State student Asha Patel. The producers are Kim Piper-Aiken and Gary Cendrowski.

Established in 1986, Wayne State’s College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts serves more than 2,500 students majoring in 16 undergraduate and 11 graduate programs through the Department of Communication, Department of Music, James Pearson Duffy Department of Art and Art History and the Maggie Allesee Department of Theatre and Dance. The college's size, diversity and creative energy make it a major force in the life of Wayne State and metropolitan Detroit. Wayne State University, located in the heart of Detroit’s Midtown Cultural Center, is a premier urban research institution offering more than 380 academic programs through 13 schools and colleges to more than 27,000 students.

Episode 801
Guests include singer-songwriter Moses, dancer Pretti Teej, master artist Dr. Hubert Massey, and singer-songwriter Siena Liggins.

Episode 802
Guests include comedian Melanie Hearn, illustrator Kamau Haroon, known as Sixmau, and the band Rosie and the Fellas.

Episode 803
Guests include fashion designer Beulah Cooley and models, visual artist Diamond Symoné, and the indie-rock band Hala.

Episode 804
Guests include the band Double Winter, make-up artist Ashley Valentina and her models, dancer-choreographer Chaula Thacker and her dancers.

Episode 805
Guests include Cen4Pal’s Nandita Bajaj, Gary Elfner and dancers, artist Levon Kafafian, and from the indie-pop project Shortly, musicians Alex Maniak and Austin Stawowczyk.

Episode 806
Guests include Michigan Opera Theatre Communications Manager Erica Hobbs, Directors Sherrine Azab, Jake Hooker and actors from A Host of People Theatre, and singer-songwriter Isis Damil.

Episode 807
Guests include fashion designer Lindsay Alyssa and her models, visual artist Jess Fendo and “Nice Place” owner Patrick Norton, and the band Mark Whalen and the Buttermilk Boys.

Episode 808
Guests include Reality Tell Your Vision creator Leo Ayrault, contemporary dance duo Baira, and Oscar-winning musician-composer Luis Resto and musician Pathé Jassi.

Episode 809
Guests include Ballet Folklorico de Detroit’s artistic director Lance Rodriguez and his    dancers, artist-oil painter Luke Mack, and cosmic Americana duo the Drinkard Sisters.

Episode 810
Guests include artists from the Detroit Society of Women Painters and Sculptors, photographer Jake Mulka, and indie band Kimball.

Episode 811
Guests include Eden Sabolboro, Thaad Sabolboro and Nina Ignaczak from Reel Clever Films, artist Shaina Kasztelan, and the Allen Dennard Jazz Quartet.

Episode 812
Guests include Girls Rock Detroit’s Deekah Roxylidian, artist Marlo Broughton, and the band Beta Camp.

Episode 813
Guests include Black and Brown Theatre’s Emilio Rodriguez, Amber Nicole Price and their actors, artist-light designer Patrick Ethen, and the R & B duo A-Plus.

Episode 814
Guests include the Tiffany Rene Dance Company and jazz bassist Jonathan Muir Cotton performs with Modern Element.