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Experiencing Perspectives art reception welcomes record crowd

Art has become a staple in the Mercedes-Benz Financial Services (MBFS) offices since the inception of the annual Experiencing Perspectives exhibition. This year marks the 16th year of the exhibit in Farmington Hills.

An art reception was recently held to officially open this year’s exhibit, in partnership with the Cranbrook Academy of Art (CAA). Before the reception, employees were able to meet select artists to discuss their work in detail. Karen Hoskin, IT Compliance Lead and art reception attendee, explained how she enjoyed the chance to speak directly with the artists.

“The event was another opportunity to witness the excellence and collaboration of our great company with Cranbrook Academy of Art and the atmosphere was charged with great conversation,” she said. “I spoke with one of the artists, YuTung N. Hou, about her project called ‘Drifted.’ She explained how she was trying to capture the ‘old world’ as well as the ‘new’, but still left room for our own imagination.

Following the employee meet-and-greet hour, guests were invited to a panel discussion featuring members of the art community. The discussion, moderated by The Detroit News Reporter Michael Hodges, focused on how art shapes the environment where people live and work.

Panelists included: Dan Carmody, President of Eastern Market Corporation; Brandon Bullard, CAA student and featured artists in the exhibit; Ruth Cumberbatch, Fundraising and Communications Manager of Arts Etobicoke; and Elliott Broom, Detroit Institute of Arts Vice President of Operations.

“What makes art so special is that is has no language. I only speak English, but that doesn’t stop me from connecting with art from France, Germany or Spain,” said Broom. “It’s a way to bring people in the community together and learn from each other.”

Following the discussion, more than 250 guests, an all-time record, had a chance to admire the art throughout MBFS’ headquarters.

“This event was a living example of how art is a catalyst for positive change. In the beginning, the intention was to adorn our workspace walls with interesting things to look at. Now, our updated mission of utilizing art as a channel for cultural evolution is being realized for all of our internal and external audiences to personally experience,” said Leila Matta, Brand Identity, Design, and Art Programs Manager.

The final MBFS Experiencing Perspectives art reception this year will be in Mississauga on November 16.