About Essay’d

Essay’d is an art writing and curatorial project based in Detroit. 

As cultural producers, we write and publish short illustrated articles about Detroit artists, and we curate exhibitions that regularly originate from the research that we do during the writing process. In general, we are committed to the transition of art writing and curating in Detroit from low-performing (and often unpaid) activities to high-performing (and paid) activities.

As educators, we support broader access to the tools of cultural production. To this end, we run writing and curatorial workshops, and we mentor workshop participants through the publication of their first piece(s)of writing or the creation of their first exhibition(s).

As advocates, we push for:

  • Art institutions that are lean, inclusive, and flexible
  • A dynamic and equitable art ecosystem
  • A bigger art economy for cultural producers

Through slowly building the Essay’d project, we’ve developed an unprecedented community of artists, writers, curators, venues, art professionals, and general art appreciators. If you have any comments or questions, please don’t hesitate to contact: steve (at) essayd.org or matthew (at) essayd.org

You can read about our impact here.