RAWDETROIT

“Learn Through Your Lens”

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.

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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, with a goal to launch RAW Creative Center (RAW-CC). This studio will serve as space for Detroit’s veteran and upcoming photographers to mingle together in a collaborative effort to learn, work, and grow.

Additionally, we believe creative education and opportunity should be available to anyone aspiring to join the photography community. Our workshops are open to everyone who applies, as we create an inclusive and equitable space for everyone. Additionally, any youth interested in learning more about the art of photography can attend our workshops free of charge, and start their journey in becoming creative. 

Community Hashtags #RAWDetroit

Local followers

Our Core Mission.

RAWDetroit is a creative arts non-profit 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, with a goal to launch RAW Creative Center (RAW-CC). This studio will serve as space for Detroit’s veteran and upcoming photographers to mingle together in a collaborative effort to learn, work, and grow.

Additionally, we believe creative education and opportunity should be available to anyone aspiring to join the photography community. Our workshops are open to everyone who applies, as we create an inclusive and equitable space for everyone. Additionally, any youth interested in learning more about the art of photography can attend our workshops free of charge, and start their journey in becoming creative. 

Community Hashtags #RAWDetroit

Local followers

Cultivating The Creative Community Since 2016

Since 2016, we have held more than 21+ local creative events, ranging in skill level from beginner to intermediate, to build an inclusive, welcoming community. These monthly events include opportunities such as hands-on photography workshops, panels discussing photography, and photography meet-ups. We create spaces to educate, inspire, and empower, together.

Our events are powerful drivers to connect creatives, as well as other local organizations and businesses looking to support the thriving arts and culture scene in Detroit. We have partnered with 12+ national brands, who have provided monetary and in-kind donations to bring our programs to life, including The Salvation Army, CotsDetroit, DetroitFeedBackLoop, Forbes Media, Verizon, ThinkDetroit, Detroit Artists TestLab, DetroitPrincess, and Detroit Hustles Harder.
We are grateful for their continued support and partnership with RAWDetroit.

Additionally, although many of our programs include in-person meetups and events, we have also developed a community online that uses the power of images to stay connected between happenings. Over the past four years, RAWDetroit has organically curated an online community whose mission is to showcase the beauty of Detroit from images taken by local photographers.

Our community hashtag – #RAWDetroit – has since generated over 198,000+ tags, 41,000+ local Detroit followers, and a Detroit-based reach of nearly 210,000 views and engagements weekly—and growing.

Our Accomplishments

Over the Years

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2016

Founded RAWDetroit | Began Hosting Creative Meet-Ups in Detroit

Founded by Shawn Mangenje, 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.

 

SPONSOR A CREATIVE

At RAWDetroit, we know the power of photography and the impact it can have on a young person’s life. To be a photographer in Detroit is not just to be creative—it opens up an opportunity to be part of a creative community set to educate, inspire, and empower aspiring and emerging talent.

RAWDetroit connects creative youth with mentorship, partnership, and education to provide the assistance and resources they need to thrive. Specifically, RAWDetroit aims to bring its unique programming into the Detroit Public School system to offer an experience unlike any other in an effort to expand the creativity and culture of our local youth. By sponsoring a creative youth, you can directly support the growth and development of the next generation of the creative community in the Motor City.

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Find Out How You Can Get Involved

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Donate To Our Programs

Contact Us To Get Involved!

100 Renaissance Center Ste 1014, Detroit, MI 48243

(586) 842 -6795

contact@rawdetroit.org

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