National Public Radio Highlights 'Complex Movements' for 2013

At the end of 2012, National Public Radio published a public survey of prominent musicians, music industry folks, writers, programmers, and DJs to discuss their favorite things of the year and anticipation for 2013. Constructed in a series of short quotations, the survey explores all genres and caliber of musical projects.

Of note, Detroit-based dream hampton spoke on the upcoming project from Invincible, Waajeed, and Wesley Taylor: Complex Movements.

Read the full article, here.

State News: Invincible 'Keeps Audience Going'


"I thought it was phenomenal," said Lauren Spencer, LGBT Resource Center's program coordinator. "I really like that Invincible was able to get so many different identities and stories and truths involved in the show." Among the three slam poets who opened for Invincible, Lansing Community College sophomore Quinton Robinson said his poetic and musical inspiration comes from the surplus of truths and stories in his hometown, Flint, Mich. "Once I saw the gap between the music we listen to now on the radio and what hip-hop was designed to be as a means for cultural change, I realized that these words actually have power," Robinson said.

Read the full article from State News, here. 

Make It Happen: Art Prize Preview at 54 Jefferson

Thanks to Vanessa Miller for the photo recap of the opening night of SiTE:LAB in Grand Rapids! Check out the rest of her documentation of the event, here!

True.Paid.Good: Entrepreneurial Spotlight with Invincible


My vision is more on community sufficiency, creating self determination for impacted communities. One of the ways I see that happening more is through crowd-sourcing and Community Supported Agriculture/Art subscription models that limit outside strings from deciding the direction of your work. I hope more artists are able to take this path and stop waiting around for someone to discover and put them on, or compromise their work in order to fit into a cookie cutter industry.

This is also why I feel the TPG Academy is so important, because it facilitates learning of the philosophies and concrete tools needed to overcome the intimidation hurdles you have to clear in order to start your own business. If enough people learn to fish we can organize together to stop the dam, and make sure the river remains part of the commons.

Read the full interview with TPG, here.


MetroMode: Buy Local, Collect Local


What does a basket of art look like? Dozens of metro Detroiters will find out when the distributions of Community Supported Art (CSA), a new model of buying art, take place over the next three months. Traditional CSAs - where the "A" stands for agriculture - are familiar. In spring, people sign up to receive weekly baskets of farm products, from garlic to greens, throughout the growing season. ArtServe Michigan will bring a fresh crop of art to art collectors using the same idea. A dozen artists will create nine original works. The first three will be delivered late this month, including jewelry made of shattered auto glass, a paper helmet, and a music box.

Click here to read the full article at MetroMode.