Ann Arbor is burning — art and culture for whom?

petals sandcastle
10 min readJul 4, 2023

I meet Petals Sandcastle (they/them) on the grass in the Diag-State-Hill triangle of Ann Arbor. It’s familiar grounds for Petals who studied at the University of Michigan.

A stone’s throw away is Now Studios run by the Express Your Yes Foundation, a 501(c)3 creative nonprofit fusing activism with art. NOW studios is home base for the foundation. It’s an underground art and performance venue, political playhouse and more, full of “creative disruptors and thought leaders”. It’s also a safe space for people to express themselves as they are, away…

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petals sandcastle

queer painter_poet flappy bird for the love revolution. art. ideas. flow. filosof.e lit'ru.cha.