Professional Development:

Also under the Academy umbrella are professional development programs for early career visual and performing artists. These seek to level the playing field for early career artists of color. Currently we offer two early career development programs, The Independent Scholars Fellowship and The Gathering Orchestra

Independent Scholars Fellowship:

the Independent Scholars Fellowship (ISF) offers an unprecedented opportunity for young talented artists and thinkers, (ages 21-35), at the dawn of their careers to interact with seasoned professionals at the height of theirs and to create an accessible platform that can help these individuals grow.  During our inaugural 2018-2019 season for this unprecedented program, Carrie Mae Weems, Carr Center Resident Artist in visual art, created a vital, dynamic, and one-of-a-kind mentorship experience for a select group of ten students from diverse disciplines and backgrounds. Their one year fellowship included participation in Carrie Mae Weems curated exhibits in Havana, Cuba and the 2019 grand opening exhibition of the Carr Center Contemporary.

The Gathering Orchestra:

With renowned bassist, former member of Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and Carr Center Resident Artist, Rodney Whitaker,  as artistic director, The Gathering Orchestra, our 2019-2020 Roster of Geri Allen Fellows, is comprised of 3 seasoned jazz veterans and 19 young professional Fellows (ages 18 – 28).  The Orchestra fellowship is a two-year program.

Fellows rehearse and perform with their mentors on standards, large ensemble classics, new music and their own original compositions. The objective of this program is to support the development of young jazz artists in their musicianship, as composers, as music conductors, and as entrepreneurs.The fellowship also includes community and educational service opportunities and training, as well as headlining their own concerts in venues across the city of Detroit and beyond.

2019-2020 Roster

Eric Law, Alto
Xavier Bonner, Alto
Stephen Grady, Tenor
Diego Rivera, Tenor & Mentor
Len’l Glenn-Mckinney, Baritone
Caleb McMahon, Trombone
Kenneth Gill, Trombone
Daniel Parrish, Trombone
Zekkerya El-Magharbel, Bass Trombone
Nicholas Pietuzka, Trumpet
Tim Blackmon, Trumpet
Austin Muthyala, Trumpet
Kimberly Branch, Trumpet
Dwight Adams, Trumpet & Mentor
Brandon Rose, Bass
Liany Mateo, Bass
Michael Reed, Drums
David Alvarez, Drums
James Zito, Guitar
Adam Kahana, Guitar
Margherita Fava, Piano