Author: Julie Pincus

Julie Pincus is an award-winning graphic designer specializing in brand identity and communications for Fortune 500 companies, nonprofit arts organizations, and foundations. She received her BFA from the University of Michigan and her MFA from Yale University. Born and raised in metropolitan Detroit, Julie now lives in New York City with her husband.

"The attraction to Detroit was simple. It was vast, affordable, and there was virtually nobody to stop artists from creating moments of sheer brilliance out of the distress. Grant money began flowing into the artists’ hands, and they responded in the best way they knew how—they transformed it into beauty." — Julie Pincus

Author: Nichole Christian

Blog: ACTSTheBlog

Nichole Christian is a writer and Detroit native who began her career as a staff member for some of the nation’s top news outlets, including the Wall Street Journal, Time magazine, the New York Times, and the Detroit Free Press. Her work appears in the books Dear Dad: Reflections on Fatherhood and Portraits 9/11/01: The Collected "Portraits of Grief" from the New York Times. She holds a BA in journalism from Wayne State University’s Journalism Institute for Media Diversity and lives in suburban Detroit with her husband and daughter.

"Like the city, these artists do not live perfect lives. Still they endure. They feed their dreams with sweat and small, steady steps. They greet failure and the promise of a hard day’s work equally, welcoming both but fearing neither." — Nichole Christian