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Our Mission

MR/QD is committed to promoting positive and meaningful images of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer community through artistic and intellectual means.

Smoke Mirror, Self by Matthew Papa

Mighty Real/Queer Detroit is a not-for-profit organization that provides a platform for artistic exploration of various queer perspectives crossing generations and disciplines. The organization uses the contemplative spirit of the arts to foster understanding of the diversity of LGBTQ+ experiences, which have been historically suppressed and overlooked by traditional institutional systems. It will achieve this through programming that promotes educational, civic and cultural engagement.


Board of Directors

Chair People – patrick burton, Adriel Thornton

Vice Chair – Andrew Jordan

Secretary – Jetshri Bhadviya

Treasurer – Dalia Reyes


Creative Director/Curator – patrick burton
Curatorial Assistance – Dalia Reyes, Andrew Jordan, Jetshri Bhadviya
Film/Video Curation – Jetshri Bhadviya
Manuscripts Exhibit Curation – Dean Nasreddine, Timothy Price
Additional Programming – patrick burton, Adriel Thornton, Jetshri Bhadviya
Website and Graphic Design – Joshua A. Smith, Jetshri Bhadviya, Andrew Jordan
Logo Design – Em Lane
Newsletter – Dean Nasreddine, Andrew Jordan
MR/QD Archives – Andrew Jordan
Catalogue – Jerome Patryjak
Fundraising – Adriel Thornton
Marketing – Adriel Thornton
Social Media – Timothy Price (2022), patrick burton, Jetshri Bhadviya
Volunteer Organizer – Yvon Bergner
Art Handling and Transportation – Burt Aaron
General Organizer – Andrew Jordan
Public Relations – Julién Godman

**A heartfelt thank you to Rochelle Riley for Fundraising and Programming support through The City’s Office of Art, Culture and Entrepreneurship.

Special Thanks

Charles Alexander
Mike Andrews
Jeff Britting
Vicki Elmer
Mike Flores
Phil Gilchrist
Aletha Jordan
Pat McNames
Billy Miller
Jeremy Noonan
Timothy Price
Tim Retzloff
Dave Roberts
Don Tuski
Deirdre Young


Signal Return
Anton Art Center
Charles Alexander
Tim Thayer Studio
John Rowland Workshop
Bryan Hoffman
D.L. Gordon
Burt Aaron
Rudy Lauerman
Carl George

MR/QD Is Made Possible BY

Artists stipends made possible by Kresge Arts in Detroit

For details and more info on making a contribution to Mighty Real/Queer Detroit, please contact us at

About MR/QD

Mighty Real/Queer Detroit is an art exhibition in June 2022 devoted to 77 years (1945-2022) of Detroit LGBTQ+ art 

The exhibition presents a month-long historical examination of the diversity of the LGBTQ+ community and its longtime allies, featuring established & emerging Detroit artists, as well as artists whose careers were shortened by HIV/AIDS.

Mighty Real/Queer Detroit is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization committed to promoting positive and meaningful images of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community through artistic and intellectual means. © 2023. All Rights Reserved.