RAWDETROIT

“Learn Through Your Lens”

RAWDetroit is a creative nonprofit organization based in the thriving city of Detroit, Michigan.

Through the power of photography, we educate, inspire, and empower artists about the importance of capturing images of our everyday lives.

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Our Core Mission.

RAWDetroit is a creative organization based in the thriving city of Detroit, Michigan.
Through the power of photography, we educate, inspire, and empower artists about the importance of capturing images of our everyday lives.

Our mission is to bridge the gap between the curious, the conscious, and even the established photographer through mentorship, partnership, and education. We are dedicated to building a stronger creative community in Detroit.

We believe creative education and opportunities should be available to anyone aspiring to join the arts community. Our 501(c)(3) nonprofit branch, Sponsor A Creative is a creative arts initiative based in Detroit, Michigan working to close the opportunity gap in arts education by providing pathways to successful creative careers for young people in disadvantaged communities.

Community Hashtags #RAWDetroit

Local followers

Our Accomplishments

Over the Years

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2016

Founded RAWDetroit | Began Hosting Creative Meet-Ups in Detroit

Founded by Shawn, a portrait, travel, and journalist photographer from London, RAWDetroit was built out of a love for the energy and magnetism found only in the Motor City.

After spending several years capturing and documenting the city, Shawn realized that, despite this energy and passion, there was a gap in Detroit’s creative community. Photographers shed a raw and natural light on the magic of the city, but were often isolated from each other: RAWDetroit began as a way to fill this need to connect and collaborate among local photographers.

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2017

RAWDetroit Partnered with Verizon & Life in Color

Originally created as an online community through social media, RAWDetroit quickly grew into local photography meet-ups, where like-minded creatives and professionals were brought together to share their passion for photography.

After several of these successful meet-ups, RAWDetroit began partnering with local and national companies to co-host events and help drive momentum within Detroit’s creative scene. For both the first and second annual #ConnectDetroit meet-up, we partnered with Verizon to host the event at Detroit’s historic Madison Theater, where over 140+ attendees left the event with a FREE JBL Flip3 Bluetooth Speaker, a wireless charger and extras.

We also teamed up with Life In Color, host of the “world’s largest paint party”, to provide photographers the opportunity to win an all-inclusive experience to capture content at their 10th Anniversary Paint Party, hosted in Miami in 2017.

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2018

RAWDetroit Started Hosting Creative Workshops

Access to opportunities is core to RAWDetroit, including access for youth and aspiring photographers to learn about the creative arts. We began building educational programs by partnering with local organizations ThinkDetroit, KO Gallery, and Detroit Artists Test Lab to host workshops, panels, and creative fundraisers throughout the summer and fall. These events aimed to bring together emerging and established artists and photographers and connect them with the city’s larger creative community.

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2019

Campaign for Forbes Media

Recently, RAWDetroit has connected with Forbes Media to support the Forbes Under 30 Summit scheduled to be hosted in Detroit for the next four years, from 2019 until 2022.

Through this partnership, each year RAWDetroit has the opportunity to provide access for four local creatives to attend and cover the 3-day event. In 2019, our winners networked with creative entrepreneurs from across the globe and saw first-hand the businesses, organizations, and individuals that fuel the Motor City. Additionally, RAWDetroit captured content for Forbes social media during the event, highlighting our work and professionals to a global audience. 

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2020

COVID-19
#SELLYOURPRINTS

In an effort to support our local creative community during the COVID-19 pandemic RAWDetroit offered photographers the opportunity to use our successful national social media platform to sell prints of their work and receive 100% of the proceeds.

Additionally, RAWDetroit assisted 48 local artists in securing donations and resources during the pandemic. We are able to support our community due to the generous donations and overwhelming support of our social media platforms. We couldn’t do this without you and thank you for your continued support of our mission.

 

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2020

A Creative Quest 

We hosted a meet-up to showcase, educate, and bring more awareness to murals created by local Black artists.

Throughout the quest, RAWDetroit featured artwork from around Eastern Market. A tour showcasing, capturing, and providing knowledge about the murals that keep the market alive.

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2020

Sponsor A Creative 

Our 501(c)(3) nonprofit, Sponsor A Creative (SAC) was born. We wanted to create an initiative that would draw attention to the professional opportunities that exist in the creative arts while giving young people the training and mentorship necessary to hone their skills and learn how to navigate arts careers.

Sponsor A Creative is a creative arts initiative based in Detroit, Michigan working to close the opportunity gap in arts education by providing pathways to successful creative careers for young people in disadvantaged communities.

Our Core Mission.

RAWDetroit is a creative organization based in the thriving city of Detroit, Michigan.
Through the power of photography, we educate, inspire, and empower artists about the importance of capturing images of our everyday lives.

Our mission is to bridge the gap between the curious, the conscious, and even the established photographer through mentorship, partnership, and education. We are dedicated to building a stronger creative community in Detroit.

We believe creative education and opportunities should be available to anyone aspiring to join the arts community. Our 501(c)(3) nonprofit branch, Sponsor A Creative is a creative arts initiative based in Detroit, Michigan working to close the opportunity gap in arts education by providing pathways to successful creative careers for young people in disadvantaged communities.

Community Hashtags #RAWDetroit

Local followers

Our Accomplishments

Over the Years

^
2016

Founded RAWDetroit | Began Hosting Creative Meet-Ups in Detroit

Founded by Shawn, a portrait, travel, and journalist photographer from London, RAWDetroit was built out of a love for the energy and magnetism found only in the Motor City.

After spending several years capturing and documenting the city, Shawn realized that, despite this energy and passion, there was a gap in Detroit’s creative community. Photographers shed a raw and natural light on the magic of the city, but were often isolated from each other: RAWDetroit began as a way to fill this need to connect and collaborate among local photographers.

^
2017

RAWDetroit Partnered with Verizon & Life in Color

Originally created as an online community through social media, RAWDetroit quickly grew into local photography meet-ups, where like-minded creatives and professionals were brought together to share their passion for photography.

After several of these successful meet-ups, RAWDetroit began partnering with local and national companies to co-host events and help drive momentum within Detroit’s creative scene. For both the first and second annual #ConnectDetroit meet-up, we partnered with Verizon to host the event at Detroit’s historic Madison Theater, where over 140+ attendees left the event with a FREE JBL Flip3 Bluetooth Speaker, a wireless charger and extras.

We also teamed up with Life In Color, host of the “world’s largest paint party”, to provide photographers the opportunity to win an all-inclusive experience to capture content at their 10th Anniversary Paint Party, hosted in Miami in 2017.

^
2018

RAWDetroit Started Hosting Creative Workshops

Access to opportunities is core to RAWDetroit, including access for youth and aspiring photographers to learn about the creative arts. We began building educational programs by partnering with local organizations ThinkDetroit, KO Gallery, and Detroit Artists Test Lab to host workshops, panels, and creative fundraisers throughout the summer and fall. These events aimed to bring together emerging and established artists and photographers and connect them with the city’s larger creative community.

^
2019

Campaign for Forbes Media

Recently, RAWDetroit has connected with Forbes Media to support the Forbes Under 30 Summit scheduled to be hosted in Detroit for the next four years, from 2019 until 2022.

Through this partnership, each year RAWDetroit has the opportunity to provide access for four local creatives to attend and cover the 3-day event. In 2019, our winners networked with creative entrepreneurs from across the globe and saw first-hand the businesses, organizations, and individuals that fuel the Motor City. Additionally, RAWDetroit captured content for Forbes social media during the event, highlighting our work and professionals to a global audience. 

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2020

COVID-19
#SELLYOURPRINTS

In an effort to support our local creative community during the COVID-19 pandemic RAWDetroit offered photographers the opportunity to use our successful national social media platform to sell prints of their work and receive 100% of the proceeds.

Additionally, RAWDetroit assisted 48 local artists in securing donations and resources during the pandemic. We are able to support our community due to the generous donations and overwhelming support of our social media platforms. We couldn’t do this without you and thank you for your continued support of our mission.

 

^
2020

A Creative Quest 

In an effort to support our local creative community during the COVID-19 pandemic RAWDetroit offered photographers the opportunity to use our successful national social media platform to sell prints of their work and receive 100% of the proceeds.

Additionally, RAWDetroit assisted 48 local artists in securing donations and resources during the pandemic. We are able to support our community due to the generous donations and overwhelming support of our social media platforms. We couldn’t do this without you and thank you for your continued support of our mission.

 

^
2020

Sponsor A Creative 

In an effort to support our local creative community during the COVID-19 pandemic RAWDetroit offered photographers the opportunity to use our successful national social media platform to sell prints of their work and receive 100% of the proceeds.

Additionally, RAWDetroit assisted 48 local artists in securing donations and resources during the pandemic. We are able to support our community due to the generous donations and overwhelming support of our social media platforms. We couldn’t do this without you and thank you for your continued support of our mission.

 

Sign up to be a RAWDetroit Photographer