© KATE GOWMAN

© KATE GOWMAN

 

About Detroit Art Week

 
Detroit Art Week (July 20 – 22, 2018), produced by Olu & Company, is an annual self-guided tour and celebration of contemporary art and culture in Detroit. For three days, Detroit's art scene invites visitors to attend gallery and museum tours, open studios, intimate studio and site visits, artist talks, and various special programs, alongside the parties, music, nightlife, and culinary experiences that make summers in Detroit so beautiful. DAW is a 501c3, free and open to the public.
 
 
 
Vision
Our vision is to help establish Detroit as a global destination for contemporary art and culture.
 
Mission
Our mission is to promote Detroit artists, galleries, and cultural institutions worldwide.
 
 
Why Detroit Art Week
Our Why is simple; by promoting to the world art and culture in Detroit and creating a space for dialogue, we aim to inspire art practitioners and professionals, help stimulate the local art economy and small business, and show everyone a good time.
 

Team

AMANI OLU
Founder + Executive Director

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, a visual cloud storage service for creative industries. He lives and works in Detroit.
 
ALEIYA LINDSEY
Director of Strategic Partnerships + Special Events

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 special events and strategic partnerships for Detroit Art Week, an annual self-guided tour of art and culture in the Motor City. Lindsey received a bachelor's degree in Marketing, with a minor in sculpture, from Hope College. She currently lives and works in Detroit.
 
JESSICA ALLIE
Founding Board Member

Jessica Allie is a native Detroiter and Co-Founder of Detroit Art Week. She is currently Detroit Director for ProjectArt, a youth based arts education program operating in 7 Detroit Public Libraries. Allie is dedicated to facilitating creative projects throughout Detroit by connecting artists to resources and opportunities. She holds a BA in Art History from Wayne State University and enjoys researching the role of art in society.
 

Media Sponsor

WDET 101.9 FM
 

Cultural Partners

 

Advisors

Burt Aaron
Taylor Aldridge
Cezanne J. Charles
Laurie Farrell
Ingrid LaFleur
Scott Hocking
Jennifer Junkermeier-Khan
Laura Mott
Jason Murphy
Jenenne Whitfield
Alison Wong
 

Olu & Company

Olu & Company provides 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.