Dr. Melba Joyce Boyd
Dr. Melba Joyce Boyd is a native Detroiter, a Distinguished University Professor in the Department of African American Studies at Wayne State University in Detroit, and an Adjunct Professor in Afro-American and African Studies at the University of Michigan—Ann Arbor. She is an award-winning author of nine books of poetry, two biographies, editor of two poetry anthologies and over 100 essays, and a documentary filmmaker. She has given lectures and poetry readings throughout the United States and Europe, and her poetry has appeared around the globe. She is the 2023 Kresge Eminent Artist and was awarded The Spirit of Detroit Award by the Detroit City Council on Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2023.
Ed Irmen is a painter and muralist who says that he is inspired by his frequent moving as an adolescent. This constant change of scenery as well as his inherent interest in wildlife, combine to create his unique, vibrant style. During his education at the College for Creative Studies, he struggled with traditional color theory, which led to his more unorthodox use of color. His pieces never look like other artists. They always look energetic and lively, no matter the traditional color theory. You can find more of Ed’s works on his website, EdIrmen.com, or on several walls around the city of Detroit.
The Vig Arcadia
Born in Metro Detroit, The Vig Arcadia is an electric group of musicians creating Pop, alt-rock, funk, and Blues beats that everyone can dance to.