Complex Movements Hosts Community Events During Beware of the Dandelions Residency in Detroit

Posted on October 11, 2016

Complex Movements is presenting its project Beware of the Dandelions (BotD) in Detroit throughout the month of October. Beware of the Dandelions is a mobile art installation that functions as a performance, workshop space, and visual arts exhibition. 


Sheddy Rollins Sanchez and son join ill/Invincible on stage in Philly for a performance of Complex Movements' "Apple Orchards" from Beware of the Dandelions (2013 Mia Nakano)

The Beware of the Dandelions residency includes a community engagement component that is designed to support local social justice work happening in Detroit and other cities. In Detroit, Complex Movements is working with a cohort of artists, organizers, and community members to co-design community events that foster and deepen authentic relationships, exchange skills, and build community capacity for visioning.

Read on to learn more about the special community events taking place this month. We hope you will join us!

Special Community Events in October

The events below have been organized by Complex Movements in partnership with the Detroit Complex Movements Cohort.

#SheddyForever Mural
#SheddyForever Memorial Mural sketch design by Konstance Patton

October 13th, 6-9pm
7145 E Davison St. Detroit

This hands on mural making skillshare will be facilitated in collaboration with muralist and educator Konstance Patton, who has designed a mural in honor of Sheddy Rollins Sanchez, one of the recently gained ancestors Beware of the Dandelions is dedicated to. The skillshare will be accompanied by a dialogue on channeling grief through art.


Get Ready Stay Ready Skillshare

October 16th, 1-8pm
7500 Oakland Blvd

A community preparedness educational event to share resources and skills on how to be ready for emergencies and the importance of working together in teams. The resources offered in this skillshare range from water catchment systems and filtration, to wild plants for medicine and food.



“Outside the XY” Detroit Book Release

October 19th , 6-9pm
314 E. Baltimore

"Outside the XY: Queer Black and Brown Masculinity" is an anthology filled with stories, confessions, essays, poetry and letters from QTPOCs (queer, trans people of color) around the world for whom masculinity has played a role in shaping their lived identities. This event features readings from Morgan Willis, Chino Hardin and more.


Explore Northeast Detroit Tour

October 22, 11:00am - 3:00pm

17897 Mount Elliott Street

Come learn about the vibrant resident-led movement that has been transforming District 3 through art, agriculture, and community activism. This tour is hosted by Create NED, an initiative to activate residents in Northeast Detroit to utilize art, design, and technology in a neighborhood planning process for their community.


For more social justice events taking place during the Beware of the Dandelions residency in Detroit, see here.