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Susannah Goodman, 29, of Detroit is an artist, art educator, arts administrator and arts advocate. Susannah is a program manager with Southwest Detroit-based community arts nonprofit Living Arts. Susannah also manages Ladybug Studios, a ceramics makerspace and co-operative gallery located in the Hubbard Farms community in Southwest Detroit. Ladybug is home to a co-operative of ceramic artists, teachers and activists who host free drop-in classes for the neighborhood and broader Metro Detroit communities. From playing in the mud to advising on statewide and national arts policy, she makes art and makes art happen at many levels. A gubernatorial appointee, Susannah is currently serving in her second three-year term on the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, where she advocates for equitable arts funding statewide. She has represented Detroit and Michigan with the National Association of State Arts Agencies, and with Jane Chu, the chairwoman of the National Endowment for the Arts. Susannah is a lifelong member of Congregation T’Chiyah in Oak Park, a board member at the Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue, and a leader in Detroit Jews for Justice, promoting racial and economic justice at the intersection of art and activism.

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