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Artists Make Barn Into Memory Palace

by Brian Slattery | Oct 15, 2018 6:41 am

Brian Slattery PhotoThe carved faces of immigrants. A sea turtle diving beneath the waves. A quilt full of mythological animals.

As part of Artspace’s City-Wide Open Studios, The Eli Whitney Barn on Whitney Avenue once again opened its doors to artists who took over the old wooden space and transformed it, for Saturday and Sunday, into a gallery filled with art that was suffused with memory.

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Prison Reentry Through Fine Dining

by Thomas Breen | Sep 20, 2018 7:01 am | Comments (1)

Thomas Breen photoWhen Brandon Chrostowski was 18, he was arrested for drug possession and for running from the police in his home city of Detroit. He could have gotten 10 years behind bars, but a judge sentenced him to probation and no prison time instead.

Now Chrostowski owns and runs a nationally celebrated French restaurant where he teaches the formerly incarcerated to be chefs, waiters, and house managers, extending the second chance that he received decades ago to a population of diligent, aspiring culinary employees just looking for an opportunity to work.

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