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Carrie Morris Arts Production – July 2019 Update

Carrie Morris Arts Production (CMAP) provides a forum for contemporary puppetry and performance for Detroit residents, and the progress on our NeighborHUB project has been remarkable these past few months. We originally proposed a formalized amphitheater with infrastructure that could support our outdoor summer programming. Working with the landscape architecture firm livingLab, we were able to facilitate a resident-led design process that provided insight on the possibilities for our space that went beyond just presenting programming, and would create a unique amenity and public green space for the neighborhood.

Our finalized outdoor plan to date includes not only the stage and tiered landscaping that will serve as audience seating, but also mound topology that will serve as a children’s play scape, a series of interconnected ADA-accessible pathways around all aspects of the space, spaces for larger workshops and puppet builds, and a series of seating and gathering spaces.

In addition we have been working with architect Aaron Jones for an amphitheater design that would share some of the aesthetics that we have employed in our Pedestrian Permeable Architecture fencing system (which we originally commissioned Aaron to design – a fence system that would prevent vehicle traffic on the property and curtail large-scale dumping, but that was open enough to allow access for kids and local residents who play soccer to get through).  Aaron’s work as an architect and as a partner with local performing arts groups – such as Complex Movements, whose mobile performance/visual art installation Beware of the Dandelions employs a set piece that is Aaron’s work – meant that he had a solid understanding of the dynamics needed for an amphitheater that could function as both an art piece, a component of a kid’s play scape, and a venue for outdoor performances. The attached rendering of the stage is now under the review of a structural engineer, who is providing the technical components necessary to install the work on a solid foundation in the next 1-2 months.

And finally we have kicked off our CMAP Outdoor Summer Series, which began back in April with our Detroit puppet slam and continues on Friday July 19 with a performance by jazz composer and saxophonist Molly Jones, who is staging her performance SECRETS in our outdoor space. Come check it out – or see our last performance of the season on August 17 where spoken work poet One Single Rose will hold a poetry workshop at 1 p.m., then provide a full set of her original spoken word works at 8 p.m. that evening.