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Total loan: $4,000

Misha

Detroit, MI, United States / Arts

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A loan helped us to complete construction on the Irwin House Gallery, open our doors, and launch programs that will contribute to the rebuilding of Detroit, and support the local and global arts communities.


Misha's story

I grew up in Detroit, Michigan, when Motown lingered in the air like freshly baked bread. The creative spirit was everywhere, and certainly influenced my decision to carve out a life in the arts. I began painting in high school, studied at Wayne State University and Center for Creative Studies in Detroit, then moved to New York where I would begin a pioneering business in artisan jewelry design. Working with showroom representatives in New York, Chicago, and Texas, I developed a small staff and manufactured jewelry for specialty shops and department stores throughout the country. After a decade of sixteen-hour jewelry-making days, I discovered fulfillment as an art instructor, curator, and arts administrator working in the non-profit sector and for independent galleries and universities. Since 2002, I have served Tri-State New York communities in this capacity: Presenting exhibitions and selling art; helping emerging artists develop professional skills; managing artistic staff; and developing programs for schools, arts organizations, and at-risk and general youth communities. As a visual artist, I have exhibited my own paintings throughout New York and Detroit, and received artistic awards from Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, the Puffin Foundation, and Harlem Arts Alliance. Throughout all, I raised two wonderful, creative children into young adults - navigating life and the NY public school system as a single parent. I am currently putting my daughter through college and working with my son to blaze his own path in the arts. I still create jewelry for the Studio Museum in Harlem and occasional special events. Most importantly, I look forward to sharing a wealth of warmth, knowledge, and experiences with Detroit and its artistic communities.