Carl is the founder and executive director of 555 Arts. Carl has lead the organization for 17 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.
Evolution Art Studios
Evolution Art Studios has supported 555 Arts efforts to create space for artists since 2015. Lead artist, Jay, was trained by Casey Westbrook of Carbon Arts. Evolution Art Studios is working to build a foundry at 555 Arts to provide mold making, casting, design, sculpture, and performance.
Coffee Camper Team
The 555 Team has grown to include the smiling faces of Vanessa Rivera, Julie Howells, and Andrew Newton. They have transformed a1952 Avion Camper into our morning coffee spot and public outreach office. They operate Monday-Friday from 8am-11am, sometimes into the afternoon. Coffee, Tea, and treats are available for a modest donation and we have many visitors paying it forward for future visitors.
Rest in Peace Brother. Casey V. Westbrook. 1/02/1981 - 11/03/2018