From 2008 to 2010 I/ACT presented a Fridy "Brown Bag Lunch" Urbanism and Public Art lecture series. They lasted from noon to 1pm and were held at the Troy Public Libaray.

Several of these senmiars were recorded and shown on Community Media Network - local cable access TV in Oakland County

This was collaborative series with the Troy Public Library.
Art Historian Dr. Maria Hunciag, series coordinator



Friday, February 19, 2010 - "MARKETING YOUR ART"

Speaker:  Larry Zdeb, Artist                  

Larry is a 3D Collage artist who has successfully placed his artworks in exhibits throughout metro Detroit and now also in New York City!  He has an ongoing exhibit at Artspace II in Birmingham, his work is currently on display at the
Anton Art Center.   Larry also utilizes facebook and other online sources to page to promote his artwork.


Friday, January 22, 2010 - "ART PHOTOGRAPHY AS BUSINESS"

Speaker:   Safari Photographer, Bill Cowger of Acacia Photography. 

Michigan is at a crossroads and right now the arts & cultural sector statewide has an incredible opportunity to learn about how to empower themselves. This is your opportunity to learn how to transform a hobby into a lucrative business. Troy resident Bill Cowger accomplished this - and he is going to tell you how.

Program is presented in conjunction with his exhibit "Anything But Cats" at the Troy Library.


Friday, November 20, 2009 - " MONET GARDEN WALK"

Beautiful Multimedia Presentation by Dr Maria Hunciag Cultural Affairs Coordinator - Troy Public LibrarY:  


Friday, October 16, 2009 - " PAINT CREEK CENTER FOR THE ARTS"

Speakers:   Suzanne Wiggins Executive Director Ellen Hughes, Marketing Director

We are very honored to have these art business professionals speak to our group. Paint Creek has a long and successful history and is the sponsor of the Art and Apples Festival in Rochester each fall.



Diane Dillard, Tracy Altman, Peggy Miller-Zelinko & Jim West will discuss the Ridgedale Players theater group which has been in existence for over 70 years, making it one of the oldest community theaters in the state.

This arts-centric, nonprofit group plays an important role in building and sustaining economic vibrancy in the city. Find out how they do it."



Powerpoint presentation by Maria Hunciag, DHA Troy Public Library Cultural Affairs Coordinator and Linda Shears, I/ACT President will focus on the issues of attracting and keeping citizens in our community through cultural tourism and revitalization using urban planning and community development as well as strategies to do so.

  Friday, February 20, 2009 - "Bill Cowger's Photo Safaris"

Speaker:   Safari Photographer, Bill Cowger of Acacia Photography. 

We'll see Bill's beautiful photography and learn about his wildlife safari trips to Tanzania.


Speaker:  Maria Hunciag, Troy Public Library Cultural Arts Coordinator
                   Additional guests to be announced

A "Creative Class" exists in Troy and Oakland County.  The "Americans for the Arts" organization published "Creative Industry: Business & Employment in the Arts" a report based on findings in the Dun & Bradstreet database.  As of January, 2008, Michigan's Congressional District 9 is home to 2,316 arts businesses that employ 10,563 people.  These arts-centric businesses play an important role in building and sustaining economic vibrancy in the county.  They employ people who spend money locally, generate government revenue, and are a cornerstone of tourism and economic develoment.   


Friday, September 19, 2008 - "ART UNHINGED"

Speakers: Ann Comiskey, Troy Community Coalition,
                  Loraine Campbell, Troy Historical Museum and
                  Linda Shears, Chairperson for I/ACT. 

The Kmart Headquarters at Coolidge and Big Beaver Roads in Troy is due to be demolished to make way for The Pavilions. Doors from the Kmart building will be used in a project called "Art Unhinged".  The objective is to give artists an opportunity to preserve these relics in a recycled art project. The resulting art will be auctioned off in  the Spring, 2009 at a fundraising event that will to benefit the Troy Community Coalition and the Troy Historical Society Heritage Campaign.


May 16, 2008 - "CIVIC ART as the WISE SAGE of BIG BEAVER ROAD" - Mark Miller, AICP/PCP, City of Troy Planning Director, will update projects such as The Pavillions of Troy.  He will tie together urbanism, art, and Big Beaver Road through civic art gateways, sleek & elegant street furniture, public squares and more.


Friday, April 18, 2008 - "GOOD DESIGN IS GOOD BUSINESS" - John Tagle, AIA, Architect and Planner, JTAI, will cover the role good design plays in a vibrant and thriving city's success.   Learn how a comprehensive Master Plan enchances community livability, creates a sense of place and serves as s wonderful economic planning tool.  Identify the players and successful strategies in developing civic partnerships.


Friday, March 14, 2008 - "PUBLIC ART IN TROY" - Ron Hynd, Landscape Analyst, Troy Parks & Recreation, will begin the program by showcasing public art currently owned by the City and discuss its location and condition.

"PATHWAYS THROUGH TROY" - Jeffrey Biegler, Superintendent, Parks and Recreation is the second speaker. He will present the Troy Civic Center Priority Task Force Report on a pathway system featuring art pieces.