Workshop – The Questions of Curating in Libraries, Archives, and Narrative

Registration fee: $25 – individual, unwaged / $50 – individual, waged /
$150 – individual, institutional

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In this highly interactive, online workshop, participants will work collaboratively to apply the curatorial process to design and create compelling projects in the fields of library making, archive creation, and narrative production. During the workshop, participants will work in small online groups to develop their ideas by collectively discussing a series of guided questions. At the end of the course, each participant will get the opportunity to review their project proposal with leading curators.

The method of this workshop is designed to demystify the curatorial process, with previous Questions of Curating workshops resulting in significant participant-developed projects. Participants will be asked to choose between creating an online project or a socially distanced real-life project. The online workgroups will be formed to connect participants following like-minded paths.

This workshop accompanies MOCAD’s Winter 2021 exhibitions, including Detroit Narrative Agency: Radical Remedies, Leni Sinclair: Motor City UndergroundDual Vision, and Black Art Library, using these projects as case studies and points of departure. Led by interdisciplinary community-engaged artist Halima Afi Cassells and Steve Panton, curator and originator of the Questions of Curating workshop series, this workshop is ideal for anyone who wants to apply proven curatorial principles to develop an impactful project in the areas of library making, archive creation, or narrative production.

For questions or more information, please contact Steve Panton at or Michael Goe, MOCAD Public Program Coordinator, at

Halima Cassells is an interdisciplinary community-engaged artist, mom of three, avid gardener, and appreciator of beauty who lives on Waawiiatanong, (often referred to as Detroit, MI.) As an advocate for all artists and cultural practitioners, she has spearheaded numerous community processes that uplift cultural capital from often-marginalized communities. Halima is the founder and co-director of the Free Market of Detroit, which explores notions of freedom and work, value, and disposability in a participatory context. She credits gardening as inspiring her move away from painting to a practice where she aspires to use materials and processes that lead to the thriving of all (human and non-human) communities.

Steve Panton is the founder of 2739 Edwin and 9338 Campau Galleries, and a co-founder of the Detroit art writing, educational, and curatorial collective Essay’d. He is the originator of the Questions of Curating workshops and the inaugural curator of the innovative Art@TheMax program at Detroit’s Orchestra Hall. He has curated / produced over 60 exhibitions, including some that have won national recognition, been seen by hundreds of thousands of viewers, and gone on to be exhibited in major institutions. Outside of art programming, he has an extensive background in technology, engineering, and education.