Carl is the founder and executive director 555 Nonprofit Gallery and Studios (555). Carl has lead the organization for 14 years successfully establishing nonprofit status as a 501(c)3 organization to support the arts. Since 2002 he has lead the selection of locations to house facilities for 555’s programming including leasing and renovation space in Ann Arbor MI, Ypsilanti MI, and Detroit MI.
Carl managed, renovated, leased spaces for the arts from 2000 sq. ft. to 13,000 sq. ft. in 7 different locations. In each location artists studios, gallery space, and education programming were established serving an estimated total of 13,000 artists and public attendants. In 2010 he negotiated the purchase of 555’s first permanent location at 2941 E. Warren Ave Detroit 48207 a 30,000 sq. ft. 4 story facility to be known as the 555 Banner Tobacco Building which is adjacent to the properties of the proposed 555 Art Park and Outdoor Foundry. Carl has also worked in the construction industry since 1997 training in renovation, carpentry, and construction. Carl holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Sculpture from the University of Michigan. He also has public art projects installed in the city of Detroit and the city of Howell MI.
Trevor is an artist, teacher, community builder, social justice activist and social sculptor whose primary mission is to help the local community shape 555’s programming to suit their needs. He will take a lead on fostering sustainable community partnerships, developing outreach/promotion methods to engage locals, creating feedback/authorship methods so the community can easily help shape 555’s programming and structuring an inclusive community at the art park.
Trevor specializes in transforming empty spaces into communal, collaborative, interactive and entertaining art environments. Many of his community building methods were developed through my performance art, which has been exhibited at venues like the Smithsonian American Art Museum, MOCAD and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. He uses the exact same interactive principals to create engagement, facilitate crowd participation, foster group connectivity and design experiential learning at museums/festivals as he does in community art spaces.
Another influence on his methods was working at the Neutral Zone, a leadership incubator for high school students interested in the arts and social justice. There he received intensive leadership training on how to transform groups of strangers into highly cohesive communities, which also helps maximizes engagement in art spaces. Recently Trevor has been serving as a consultant to/liaison for community building, anti-gentrification and social justice projects around Washtenaw County. Trevor also teaches for Eastern Michigan University and Jackson College. Trevor holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Michigan, a Masters of Fine Arts from the California College of the Arts, and a Visual Arts Teaching Certificate from Eastern Michigan University.
Casey Westbrook (Carbon Arts)
Casey founded Carbon Arts, a non-profit organization founded in Detroit in 2011. The purpose of this organization is to teach the art of iron casting and sculpture to all people who are interested in the foundry process and iron pours as performance. Casey designed the cupolas and iron pour of a 25 ton sculpture for Matthew Barney’s film “KHU”, which was filmed in the Detroit area in 2010. Westbrook decided to start the organization in Detroit after developing a relationship with local artists while on location shooting “KHU”, where the history, readily available resources, and local artisans were supportive of their cause.
Carbon Arts brings the art of iron casting to people through a series of workshops previously not offered outside of industry or the collegiate setting. Carbon Arts offer hands –on experience, learning the process from cupola (furnace) construction, to casting of the final, finished piece of iron art. Casey works to develop workshops that are tailored to both individual and group needs. Young and old, novice and experienced, all are welcome. Casey’s technical expertise in cupola construction and program development will be an asset to the creation of the 555 Art Park and outdoor Foundry. Casey holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Sculpture from the State University of Georgia and a Masters of Fine art from Kansas State University. He has exhibited work nationally and internationally as well as designed and developed foundry programs nation wide.
Board of Directors
Manager, Engineering Operations Channel 4 WDIV
Mary Thiefels, Vice Chair
Kut-Rite Manufacturing, Owner
Buffalo Soldiers Filmworks