A recent article in CultureSource looks at the impact of the Penny Stamps Speaker Series and the efforts of series director Chrisstina Hamilton to expand the series to audiences beyond Ann Arbor.
…Hamilton’s taking deliberate steps this year to expand the reach of the series, adding a few encore Stamps lectures in Ypsilanti on Fridays.
“I was thinking about how to generate excitement about Ypsilanti, because there are some really exciting things happening in the downtown,” said Hamilton. “There’s a vibrant artist community there. So this was about cross-pollination. Getting Ann Arborites to know more about what’s happening in Ypsi, and getting Ypsi folks to not just find out about the Stamps series, but to let them know they can engage in this program that’s happening just down the road from them. We just had our first event [animator/performer Miwa Matreyek at Ypsilanti’s Dreamland Theater on October 7th], and people were so excited.”
Two more Stamps outreach events are scheduled this semester: visual artist Athi-Patra Ruga will not only appear in Ann Arbor on November 10, but at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD) on Friday, November 4, and Bona Sera in Ypsilanti on Friday, November 11.