Brianna Furnish & Radoslaw Kokoszka
Co-directors of Ballet Renaissance
Ballet Renaissance is a 501 (c)(3) not for profit organization committed to establishing quality, affordable ballet training and performance opportunities for dancers of all ages and experience levels, in a manner that creates safe spaces for children, inspires community and fosters peace.
Ballet Renaissance offers year-round ballet classes for all ages. Two locations: Detroit, Michigan (central programming at the Detroit Opera House + Outreach Programming in local schools) - and Estes Park, Colorado.
The Heidelberg Project Executive Director
The Heidelberg Project is art, energy, and community. It’s an open-air art environment in the heart of an urban community on Detroit’s East Side.
Using art to provoke thought, promote discussion, inspire action and heal communities.
The Heidelberg Project is actively engaged in Art and Education: We work to ensure students continue to receive art as a key component in their educational experience by conducting various art education programs at schools throughout Michigan. ACE2: Art, Community and Environmental Education is our pilot program.
Clear Soul Forces
Comprised of four members: E-Fav, L.A.Z., Noveliss, and producer/emcee Ilajide, Clear Soul Forces emerged from the aftermath of a 2009 all-nighter at a studio, where the four emcees scraped up some lose change to get in the studio and record some individual music. By early 2010, CSF began rocking Detroit's underground hip hop scene and released their debut mixtape "Clear Soul Radio," a project that was recorded all in one day. Later in 2010, they released their second project; "The Departure EP," just in time for their appearance at the A3C festival.
In early 2011 the group shot and released their first music video for the song "Gon Get Em" off of their latest project, "The Departure EP." By the end of 2011, fueled by the inspiration of a painting on the side of an apartment building, the group began crafting their first album "Detroit Revolution(s)." After overdosing on Dilla, and Slum Village, the group finished the album in just one month. By the end of 2011, CSF had been selected by Red Bull to be featured artist in the Red Bull Soundstage program. In January 2012, CSF released the video for their lead single "Get No Better" off of their debut album "Detroit Revolution(s)" that was destined for a 3/13/12 release...Detroit! The video for "Get No Better" set the internet on fire, and prepped the world for the release of the groups debut album.