On May 5, 2016, Enough Pie, Lowcountry Local First and The Humanities Council SC hosted “ROOTS: Lessons From Detroit,” a Pie Gathering lecture by George N’Namdi, a force in Detroit’s art scene for over three decades, at the Greater Refuge Temple Church Fellowship Hall on Huger Street.
The N’Namdi Center campus, located in the Sugar Hill Arts District, is a catalyst for social change in Detroit. The campus houses the N’Namdi Center art space, SEVA restaurant, The Black Box, a wine bar, retail space, a performing arts theater, and an outdoor patio area.
The Center showcases national artists and provides emerging local artists with a home for their art. The Center also offers an array of programming including public dialogues, juried shows, lectures, art invitationals, family events, and an Artist-In-Residence program. In addition to the exhibitions on view in the galleries, the N’Namdi Center offers a variety of programs designed to promote understanding, appreciation and knowledge of the arts and culture.
The presentation showcased examples of civic engagement, creative placemaking and addressed complicated issues around gentrification and belonging. George offered his insight about art as a tool for inclusivity.