Heard on Detroit Today with Stephen Henderson

Work By Two Michigan Artists Fueling Art With Politics on Display This Weekend

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The crossover between art and politics has been with us forever, but how are artists finding their political voices in 2019?

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Bridget Quinn

The crossover between art and politics has been with us forever, as one has powered the other to create change in the world.

But how are artists finding their political voices in 2019?

On Detroit Today, host Stephen Henderson speaks with two artists working in that space right here in Southeast Michigan.

Omar Offendum is a Syrian-American rapper and spoken word artist. One of his interests right now is Little Syria, one of the first homes for Muslim and Arab immigrants in New York City.

Bridget Quinn is an artist in the University of Michigan’s Stamps School of Art and Design. Most recently, her work focuses on water and water pollution in Warren.

Omar OffendumCourtesy of UMS
Courtesy of UMS

Omar Offendum

Click on the audio player above to hear the conversation.

You can catch Omar Offendum’s work-in-progress performance of Little Syria in Ann Arbor on Saturday, March 30th at 8 pm at First Baptist Church of Ann Arbor

And you can see some of Bridget Quinn’s work on display now through Sunday at the University of Michigan Stamps School of Art and Design. It’s part of the school’s Masters of Fine Arts thesis exhibition.


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