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PASSENGER is a residency program and center for contemporary art in development in Detroit’s Capitol Park district. Founded by artists Brian Barr and Lauren Rice, the residency program will provide national and international artists with a live/work space and monthly stipend to attract top artists from around the world to live and work in Detroit. PASSENGER will provide local emerging artists with access to affordable live/work artist studios, workshops, and shared co-working space and facilities. With generous support from the Knight Foundation, Rock Ventures and Bedrock Real Estate Services, PASSENGER will begin it’s programming in Capitol Park on Friday August 22nd, 2014.

Event Information

PASSENGER hosts DTX start up showcase

This show features the best of product, graphic and interaction design from Detroit’s thriving entrepreneurial community.

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
119 State Street, Detroit MI

Urban Innovation Exchange is a 3-day convening to explore the growing movement of small-scale, place-based projects driving creative neighborhood transformation. “The Maker Movement” session on Fri, Sept 26, 9am-12pm at Passenger will present innovative projects from Detroit and other cities, followed by an exchange to trade ideas for the future.

Friday, September 26th, 2014
9:00 am to 12:00 pm
119 State Street, Detroit MI


John Fetterman, Mayor, Braddock, PA (Pittsburgh) | Jen Guarino, Shinola (Detroit) and The Makers Coalition (Minneapolis) | Jeff Sturges, Mt. Elliott Makerspace (Detroit) | Matt Anthony, First Batch & Cincinnati Made (Cincinnati) | Michael Evans, LOVELAND Technologies (Detroit) | Clement Brown Jr., FAME Shop (Detroit) | Sara Aldridge & JeanMarie Morrish, Our/Detroit (Detroit) | Gabriel Craig, Smith Shop (Detroit)

Pre-Design Crawl Lecture: A Conversation Between Alberto Ibargüen & Carol Coletta of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

Join Knight Foundation President Alberto Ibargüen and Vice President for Community and National Initiatives Carol Coletta for a conversation about designing cities to accelerate talent, opportunity and engagement. Knight Foundation supports the success of our communities through investments that attract, retain and harness talent; that expand opportunity by increasing entrepreneurship and economic mobility; and that build places that accelerate the growth of ideas and bring people from diverse social and economic backgrounds together. Knight Foundation has invested more than $841 million in community initiatives since its creation in 1950. The foundation wants its national network of learning to inspire the actions of residents in each of its communities and help to build a better democracy and a successful future. Detroit, one of Knight Foundation’s eight resident communities, provides a unique opportunity for learning and exchange about the future of cities.

Alberto Ibargüen is president and CEO of Knight Foundation, which promotes informed and engaged communities by funding journalism and media innovation, community engagement and the arts. Mr. Ibargüen is the former publisher of the Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald. He is the former chairman of the board of the World Wide Web Foundation and of the Newseum in Washington, D.C. He is a member of the boards of PepsiCo, American Airlines and AOL.

Carol Coletta is the vice president for community and national initiatives of Knight Foundation. She is the former director of ArtPlace, a national initiative to accelerate creative placemaking across the U.S. ArtPlace is a collaboration of the nation’s top foundations and the National Endowment for the Arts. Prior to joining ArtPlace, Ms. Coletta was president and CEO of CEOs for Cities, a national network of urban leaders building and sustaining the next generation of great American cities. For 10 years, she hosted and produced a nationally syndicated public radio show, “Smart City.” She also served as executive director of the Mayors’ Institute on City Design, a partnership of the National Endowment for the Arts, U.S. Conference of Mayors and American Architectural Foundation.

Friday, September 26th, 2014
3:00 PM – 4:30 PM
119 State Street, Detroit MI


EVENT: DTX start up showcase

3 September 24nd, 2014

{ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

, 119 State Street, Detroit MI

EVENT: Urban Innovation Exchange
“The Maker Movement” session

3 September 26th, 2014

{ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

, 119 State Street, Detroit MI

EVENT: Pre-Design Crawl Lecture:
A Conversation Between Alberto Ibargüen & Carol Coletta of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

3 September 26th, 2014

{ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

, 119 State Street, Detroit MI

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Meet the Team

Brian Barr

Brian Barr

Lauren Rice

Lauren Rice


Rock Ventures LLC
Bedrock Real Estate Services

College for Creative Studies