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Solitary refinement

Ex-jail cells serve as artist studios in Detroit
Hugo Navarro paints in a 5-by-9-foot jail cell that serves as his studio at 555 Nonprofit Gallery and Studios in southwest Detroit. Unlike jailhouse artists who find creative inspiration behind bars, the 56-year-old is there by choice. The decade-old arts organization moved into its new home in the Detroit Police Department’s former Third Precinct station this year.
Photographer Elizabeth Sutton sorts through some materials at 555 Nonprofit Gallery and Studio, housed in a former police station in Detroit. Sutton, who is on the studio’s board and an educator at the Detroit Institute of Arts, is converting space formerly used as detectives’ offices into a darkroom.
The 555 Nonprofit Gallery and Studios set up shop in a former Detroit Police Department station, where 5-by-9-foot jail cells now are being used as artist studios.
Carl Goines, a co-founder of 555 Nonprofit Gallery and Studios, speaks in one of the studio’s rooms in Detroit. The arts organization has set up shop in a former Detroit Police Department station, where the former lobby now is an airy gallery, detectives’ offices now are classrooms and cells with bars still on their doors are places for creativity.

Solitary refinement

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Hugo Navarro paints in a 5-by-9-foot jail cell that serves as his studio at 555 Nonprofit Gallery and Studios in southwest Detroit. Unlike jailhouse artists who find creative inspiration behind bars, the 56-year-old is there by choice. The decade-old arts organization moved into its new home in the Detroit Police Department’s former Third Precinct station this year.
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Photographer Elizabeth Sutton sorts through some materials at 555 Nonprofit Gallery and Studio, housed in a former police station in Detroit. Sutton, who is on the studio’s board and an educator at the Detroit Institute of Arts, is converting space formerly used as detectives’ offices into a darkroom.
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The 555 Nonprofit Gallery and Studios set up shop in a former Detroit Police Department station, where 5-by-9-foot jail cells now are being used as artist studios.
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Carl Goines, a co-founder of 555 Nonprofit Gallery and Studios, speaks in one of the studio’s rooms in Detroit. The arts organization has set up shop in a former Detroit Police Department station, where the former lobby now is an airy gallery, detectives’ offices now are classrooms and cells with bars still on their doors are places for creativity.
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