THERE'S SOMETHING SPECIAL HAPPENING IN DETROIT, HIDDEN AWAY IN AN ISLANDVEW DUPLEX. DARKROOM DETROIT, A NON-PROFIT DEDICATED TO INCREASING ACCESS AND EDUCATION TO PHOTOGRAPHY AND VISUAL LITERACY IS BLOOMING. THE GOAL IS TO BRING LOCAL DETROITERS TOGETHER TO TELL THEIR OWN STORIES OF ART IN COLLECTIVE COLLABORATION AND TO PROVIDE LEGITIMATE MEANS OF DEVELOPING THEIR CRAFT.
Founders Eleanor Oakes & Javier Garcia have designed Darkroom Detroit to be an open creative space built to inspire and nurture the people of Detroit and their love for photography. Whether you've never taken a picture or you're a professional working towards a career behind the camera, there's something for everyone.
Darkroom Detroit will offer workshops for all ages and levels, a darkroom, digital lab (with Mac desktops!!!!), gallery, co-working space, visiting artist studio and printing room. The most bad ass part about the space is that it will encourage motivation for fine art, something that many schools around the area can't offer due to lack of funding. From workshops to apprenticeship programs and group critiques, it will be a place to learn and collaborate.
Eleanor & Javier are dedicated to showcasing the work that doesn't get seen. Eleanor says, "Anyone can take a good photo. People just need exposure to the proper equipment to do so, and that's what Darkroom Detroit will do. We started as a camera lending program, but felt like we needed to expand into more of a holistic solution that is affordable for everyone."
Darkroom Detroit will have space open to the public, and offer monthly memberships as low as $10/month or more to use their facilities. They just hit their $40,000 goal that MEDC is matching for a total of $80,000 to get the project up and running. They are hoping to be fully operational in just a few months by January 2018. Workshops are already in the works. You can find a list of them HERE. If you'd like to learn more about their mission please click HERE or donate to the cause HERE.
Candice Simons, j'adore Detroit