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Stateside: Helping renters avoid eviction; empathy via eavesdropping; Rashaun Rucker ponders the pigeon

Daryl Marshke
Michigan Photography
Interdisciplinary artist Rashaun Rucker's exhibition, "Never Free to Rest," at the University of Michigan Institute for the Humanities Gallery, Autumn 2021.

Today on Stateside, we’re catching up on the alphabet soup of rental assistance programs available to Michiganders in need—and some help for homeowners, too. Grand Rapids artist and educator Megan Constance Altieri shares how her winning entry for Art Prize 2018 morphed into a new book about developing empathy muscles through eavesdropping. And Detroit interdisciplinary artist Rashaun Rucker takes us behind an affecting series of works he’s produced, drawing lines between what Black men experience and an enduring and much maligned bird species: pigeons.

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Options available for metro Detroit renters and homeowners - if they know about them

  • Nushrat Rahman is a Report for America Fellow with the Detroit Free Press, covering issues and obstacles influencing economic mobility.
  • Charo Ledon is co-founder of Buenos Vecinos a volunteer led group working toward Latinx empowerment in Washtenaw County.

Empathy via eavesdropping: Grand Rapids artist pens book on the overheard 

  • Grand Rapids artist and art educator Megan Constance Altieri was the winner of the 2018 Art Prize Public Vote Installation Award, and is the author of the new book Sonder: The Art of Empathy Through Eavesdropping.

Reviled, but resilient: Detroit artist Rashaun Rucker connects Black men’s experience with the lives of pigeons 

  • Rashaun Rucker is an interdisciplinary artist, photographer, draftsman, and 2019 Kresge Artist Fellow.
  • His newest exhibit "Never Free to Rest," is on view through October 13 at University of Michigan’s Institute for the Humanities Gallery. Rucker will be doing a virtual talk on his work as part of the Penny Stamps Speaker Series on Thursday, September 30 at 8:00pm.
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