June 30, 2022

Student-produced ‘MetroArts Detroit’ debuts 11th season on July 11

Wayne State University student Carmen Mirachian (left) takes over hosting duties for the 11th season of MetroArts Detroit.

The 11th season of “MetroArts Detroit,” produced in collaboration with students at Wayne State University, debuts on Detroit Public Television’s Create Channel 56.3, beginning July 11.  Each weekly episode airs Monday at 12:30 p.m., with a repeat airing on Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. and Sundays at 9:30 a.m.

The new season of “MetroArts Detroit” includes 14 shows — the work of Wayne State student crew members at the 5057 Midtown TV Studio, a cooperative venture between Detroit Public Television and the university’s College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts’ Department of Communication.

Now in its 11th season, the show introduces up-and-coming talents while also supporting established artists who have worked in Metro Detroit as advocates and community leaders. Each show consists of three segments, featuring artists who discuss their current work and their future endeavors. Depending on the discipline, the artists either perform or showcase their creative projects. This season’s host is Wayne State student Carmen Mirachian. The producers are Professor Kim Piper-Aiken and Gary Cendrowski.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed working with and training hundreds of media production and broadcast journalism students who have worked on “MetroArts” the past 11 years,” said Piper-Aiken, associate professor of teaching and journalism area head. “I have also been privileged to interact with hundreds of diverse artists, musicians, dancers and other guests in the Detroit area who have shared their talents on the show.”

Artists from nearly every niche of the visual, performing and communications arts are featured in the upcoming season.

R&B pop singer-songwriter Kynzi performs during the 11th season of MetroArts Detroit.

Season lineup:

  • Episode 1101: Ballet Edge Detroit, artist Adnan Charara and progressive rock band Forge the Sun  
  • Episode 1102: Lara Sfire from The Film Lab, artist Patricia Tucker and the experimental indie music duo Dirt Room
  • Episode 1103: Film director Lance Kawas, painter Paul Erlandson and the Prism Men’s Chorus
  • Episode 1104: Jazz musician Wendell Harrison, painter Bailey Scieszka and fashion designer Christina Liedtke
  • Episode 1105: Fiber artist Dolores Slowinski, jewelry artist and entrepreneur Karissma Yve and pop singer-songwriter Reginald Hawkins
  • Episode 1106: Detroit Youth Choir artistic director Anthony White, documentary photographer Rosa María Zamarrón and progressive rock group Saving Throw
  • Episode 1107: Jessica Rajko and Taylor Craft from the Virtual Dance Collaboratory, MaryAnn Wilkinson from The Scarab Club and a showcase of memorable singer-songwriters from past seasons
  • Episode 1108: Lily Karunanayake and Mike Manson from The House of Jit, visual artist Jonathan Harris and jazz guitarist Hayden Cusmano and his combo
  • Episode 1109: Streetwear designer Michael Sana from SanaDetroit, filmmaker Miles Reuben and performers from We Are Culture Creators
  • Episode 1110: Artist and writer Juniper Lamarr Jones, memorable dancers from past seasons and the band 75 Days of Sun
  • Episode 1111: Owner of 7-0-7 Clothing Heaven Maddie Muszynski, artist Escada “Darklord” Gordon and the rock band Badlnd
  • Episode 1112: The founder Melodic Nocturne Dance Tribe Uri Mercury, Oliver Ragsdale Junior from The Carr Center and indie band The Accidentals
  • Episode 1113: Professor John Wolf from Hilberry Gateway Project, improv comedy actor-writer Michael Duprey, and hip-hop artist Lito
  • Episode 1114: The founder of Tap Dance Detroit, Denise Caston-Clark; mosaic artist Darcel Deneau and R&B pop singer-songwriter Kynzi

Visit metroartsdetroit.com for additional guest information.


Established in 1986, the College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts (CFPCA) educates the next generation of visual artists, musicians, communication professionals, designers, art historians, art managers, actors and dancers. The college offers 17 undergraduate programs, 10 graduate programs and three graduate certificates through its departments: the James Pearson Duffy Department of Art and Art History, the Maggie Allesee Department of Theatre and Dance, and the departments of communication and music. The music and theatre/dance departments are nationally accredited, as are individual programs in communication and art and art history.

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