February 26, 2012 – Artist Village Detroit & Chazz Miller
Artist Village Detroit was founded in 2003 by Alicia Marion (affectioningly known as the Queen of The Village), Charles “Chazz” Miller (founder of Public Art Workz and resident artist of AVD), and John George founder of the Motor City Blight Busters is a non-profit organization and all donations go back into the community.
Creative Juicez, every Saturday night from 9pm to 2am, is an open mic venue held in Detroit, MI at 17340 Lahser (48219). Creative Juices is filled with spoken word, live jazz, visual art, R&B, and WHATEVER ELSE YOU BRING! $10.00 donation for admission/slightly lower for open mic selectees.
Artist Village Detroit is an incredible program for artist and youth in Detroit focusing on working within the community to cultivate art and creative expression. Founded by Chazz Miller in 2003, Artist Village provides a space for individuals to develop their artist capabilities and create art. According to The South End:
Using Detroit as his canvas and knowledge as his compass, Charles “Chazz” Miller is a local artist and muralist with a vision of rejuvenating Detroit by changing its visual landscape. His creativity and works of communal art aim to help change the look and morale of the city he loves.
As the founder and director of “Public Art Workz,” Miller’s mission is to beautify and uplift the city that has taught him about life. He has reinvented the facades of many blighted buildings and parks throughout some of Detroit’s hardest hit neighborhoods.
He said he has a passion to educate, motivate and elevate the minds living among him. He recruits members of the community to help complete his park wall murals and butterfly installations, and in return he finds that the community maintains these parks much better than before.
To find out about upcoming events and more about Artist Village Detroit, make sure to visit their Facebook page!