PLAYGROUND DETROIT’s mission is to support and develop opportunities both for creative professionals, artists and residents in order to enhance and sustain Detroit’s creative economy.
Our work is focused on artwork sales and commissions, artist development, arts advocacy and professional development. We consider artists as professionals and gauge our success by the successes of those we work with.
PLAYGROUND DETROIT and our partners bolster the local creative economy and connect artists, collectors, businesses and community through arts and culture.
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING
“My relationship with PLAYGROUND DETROIT is more like a friendship, rather then being just a client. Paulina and Samantha truly care about the artist and community we live in, and it provides great comfort to know that they do things with integrity and grace. “
-Marlo Broughton, Artist, Detroit, MI
“PLAYGROUND DETROIT provides a highly immersive and inspirational opportunity for artists. It’s a place full of resources and facilities to support emerging artists.”
-So Hee Kim, Visiting Artist-in-Residence 2016
“PLAYGROUND DETROIT has proven to be an invaluable resource for local artists and the community at large. The opening of their new gallery highlights a commitment and sense of leadership many under-represented artists in Detroit have been waiting for.. “
-William Irving Singer, Artist, Detroit, MI
Director / Co-Founder
Petkoski is a Detroit-based social entrepreneur and consultant. First generation Detroit-born and raised resident currently living in the North End. After spending several years living in New York City, she returned to Detroit in 2014 to pursue her work at PLAYGROUND DETROIT. In 2017, she was recognized with a Vanguard Award for Intentional Leadership by Detroit Young Professionals. She has her BFA in International Fashion Design from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City and Polimoda International Institute of Design in Florence, Italy.
Samantha Banks Schefman
Deputy Director / Co-Founder
Born in New York City and raised in Metro Detroit, Schefman has her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Metalsmithing at the College for Creative Studies. In 2009, she moved begin her career in NYC designing jewelry and watches for internationally recognized brands Betsey Johnson, Gwen Stefani, and Henri Bendel. Her passion and knowledge of the art world, led to her role as the Gallery Manager of Mike Weiss Gallery in Chelsea, Manhattan throughout 2014. In 2015, Schefman returned to Detroit to continue her work with PLAYGROUND DETROIT.
Detroit/Ann-Arbor Michigan transplant from Ohio for over eight years, Dukes has been highlighting Detroit music art and culture through her work as a Contributing Editor for PLAYGROUND DETROIT as well as Grand Circus Magazine.
Jeff Milo has been writing/reporting on Michigan-made music for 15 years. He’s born and raised in metro Detroit and has a journalism degree from Michigan State. His interviews with local artists appear weekly in the Detroit Free Press, along with on-air music segments during WDET’s Culture Shift spotlighting can’t-miss concerts around town. In addition to PLAYGROUND DETROIT, he administers his own local music blog, Deep Cutz, contributes to Paste Magazine, and also documents the Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti music scenes with The Current Magazine.