About DAW


Detroit Art Week (July 17 – 21, 2019), produced by Olu & Company, is an annual celebration of contemporary art and culture in Detroit. For five days, DAW invite visitors and residents to attend exhibitions, studio visits, performances, panel discussions and various special programs, alongside the parties, music, nightlife, and culinary experiences that make Detroit an exceptional city.

With a vision to help establish Detroit as a global destination for contemporary art and culture, we promote Detroit artists, galleries and cultural institutions worldwide. In doing so, we aim to create a space for dialogue, inspire art practitioners and professionals, help stimulate the local art economy and small businesses and show everyone a good time.

DAW is a 501c3 charitable organization registered in Michigan.
 

Founders

PHOTO: JAY ADAMS

PHOTO: JAY ADAMS

AMANI OLU • CO-FOUNDER
Dubbed the “King of multi-tasking” by Anthony Haden-Guest in The Art Newspaper, Amani Olu is a serial entrepreneur, with a strong background in exhibition making and art writing. He is also the co-founder of Humble Arts Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization that began in 2005 to support and promote new art photography. From 2008 to 2012, he curated numerous exhibitions of contemporary photography and spearheaded the four-part series “Young Curators, New Ideas.” In 2011 he joined Nadine Johnson & Associates as an art publicist for clients such as the Brant Foundation Art Study Center, Marlborough Chelsea, and the Dallas Art Fair. Eighteen months later, he was named managing editor of Whitewall, having contributed to the magazine articles on artists William Eggleston, Zoe Crosher, Elad Lassry, and Rashaad Newsome. He left to establish Olu & Company, a marketing consultancy for individuals, businesses, and organizations in the arts. Olu makes art under the name “Scott Avery,” and is currently developing IMG SRVR, an all-in-one visual media center designed to help creative professionals collector, organize and share information with ease and elegance.

ALEIYA LINDSEY • CO-FOUNDER
Aleiya Lindsey is known as the “Queen of Culture” and sometimes the "Fresh Prince of Belle Isle." A master at connecting people and meshing the worlds of art and lifestyle, she started her career as an artist liaison and gallery manager at Red Bull House of Art. In 2014 she helped launch the creative project turned restaurant, Antietam. In her role as maître d', Lindsey created a home for Detroit's cultural community and visiting arts professionals interested in casual fine-dining. Two years later she joined Standby, a hip cocktail bar hidden in an alleyway, featuring public works by some of today's most important artists. Lindsey quickly established Standby as the sexiest place to be any night of the week. In 2018, she transitioned to Olu & Company, a marketing consultancy for individuals, businesses, and organizations in the arts. A natural at media relations, she recently secured press coverage for clients in the New Yorker, Vogue, and W, among other coveted publications. Alongside her role at Olu & Company, she manages Detroit Art Week. Lindsey received a bachelor's degree in Marketing, with a minor in sculpture, from Hope College. She currently lives in Detroit.
 

Olu & Company

Olu & Companyprovides marketing and business consulting services to individuals, companies and organizations in the arts. We offer a broad range of products and services, including business modeling and social media strategy workshops, public relations, graphic design, and more. Our mission is to build strategic plans that transform passion into economic stability. We do this using customized approaches, proven methods, critical thinking and some wild ideas. While delivering measurable results is vital, our real value is helping clients realize their full potential.