Donna Jackson is a designer and artist with a goal of proving that everyone is creative and that creativity makes stronger communities. Donna has a core belief that if people can get in touch with their creative selves they could understand themselves better as human beings and spiritual beings, which in turn, will change how that person act and react in society.Being a native of Detroit, Michigan, community is important to Donna who feels that when a community creates together, they become stronger individuals as well as a stronger group.
She is founder of DMJStudio, devoted to developing art projects that strengthen and beautify communities.
Raven “CagedBird” Martin is a Detroit-based creative development professional, poet and visual artist. She received her education from Wayne State University, before she completed her coursework at Motivarte Escuela de Fotografia in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Soon after, she became a Communications and Database Specialist with Harriet Tubman Center in the inaugural class of Public Allies Metro Detroit. As a poet, she finds inspiration in the relationship between identity and nature and also womanhood. Her visual art consists of photography that explores cultural themes in the African Diaspora, documentaries that study how Detroit citizens are affected by issues such as Zero Tolerance and Gentrification, as well as support for exhibitions that provide platforms for contemporary artists. She has recently supported exhibitions at The Detroit Public Library, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, The One Mile Gallery, The Baltimore Gallery, Richard Bennett Gallery, DMJStudios and The Black Urban Growers and Farmers Conference. Currently, she is Administrative Assistant for DMJ Studios and Food Ambassador for the City Foods – Good Food program.
Lauren Mleczko is a ﬁber artist and furniture designer who was born in Clinton Township, Michigan and currently lives and works in Ypsilanti, Michigan. She received her BFA from Eastern Michigan University where she worked in the EMU Art Galleries and is now currently co-curating the Detroit: Door of Opportunity traveling exhibition. Lauren Mleczko and artist Molly Doak are the founders of design team collaborative LOMO Collective, working with exotic and urban wood, as well as natural and synthetic fibers to design classic jewelry, textiles, and furniture. Lauren’s personal work combines historic references with personal reflections. She uses a variety of materials and processes in which iconic references of the past are manifested and manipulated through the filter of contemporary design. She starts her process by researching historic buildings, clothing, and patterns, and then translating key design elements to styles and trends of today
Ashley Nivison is a contemporary fiber artist and printmaker living and working in Detroit, Michigan. Ashley attends Wayne State University where she is a 2016 candidate for a Fibers BFA. She has been a gallery assistant at the Elaine L. Jacob Gallery for three+ years as well as WSU’s Art Department Gallery. She has worked as a freelance curator for Wayne State, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, NCNB Collective, and the Detroit Medical Center Children’s Hospital. Ashley has a passion for community engagement and art therapy, which lead to various collaborations with Detroit Public Schools, DMC Children’s Hospital, and the MOCAD Teen Council. Ashley is working as a curator for DMJStudio.
Ebony has always been an enthusiast for dialogue, literature, art & creativity. She is a proud alumna of Michigan State University and has spent the last 7 years in the communications and marketing realms.
An extrovert by nature, she is inspired by the energy and narratives of others. Ebony is most passionate about people and communities; they rest at the core of everything that she pursues. She makes it a priority to dwell in and to help create environments that welcome people to show up authentically. She believes that people perform at their highest potential when they are valued for who they are while being encouraged to develop their strengths. She is a Detroit native who credits the people, history and soul of Detroit as motivations to pursue a Masters in Community Development at the University of Detroit Mercy. She is currently working to establish a non-profit and an apparel line, both of which focus on positivity, self-acceptance, and love.
When she’s not at work, you can usually find Ebony roaming the crowds of the live music and arts scenes, or serving at her church.