Led by our Sustainability department, in collaboration with the College for Creative Studies, this virtual tree symposium will feature critical conversations amongst Detroit's artists, educators, students, elders, and architects, to ask: What have Detroit's trees seen? Answers will relate to the African American experience in Detroit, the science of trees, and how they're all connected.
Speakers and performers include Olayami Dabls, Charles Cross, Etta Adams, Christy B., Fai Foen, and performers Efe Bes and Celia Benvuenutti.
The Treeposium arises from the d.Tree Studio project, a collaboration between The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History (The Wright) and the College for Creative Studies (CCS). The project will utilize readings and guest speakers to affirm the deep connection between story making and object making and consider artistic responses in wood from felled urban trees, honoring their legacy and Detroit roots. It acknowledges that objects are not neutral, pushes back on our disposable culture, and challenges us to see the stories embedded within objects that convey belonging, respect, and wisdom.
This event is part of Design Core's September Month of Design.