Popps Packing

General information

Brief description of organisation

Popps Packing is an artist-run, neighborhood-based, nonprofit organization founded in 2009 by husband and wife duo Graem Whyte and Faina Lerman. Our mission is to create a robust cultural exchange between local artistic communities, neighbors and an international coterie of visiting residents. Popps Packing straddles the northern Hamtramck / Detroit border. Hamtramck is a dense, 2.1 square mile, culturally diverse city within a city, almost entirely surrounded by Detroit. Our programs include regular exhibitions for local emerging artists, a residency program that draws up to 25 artists a year, skill share workshops, and public events.

Organisation founded in


Brief description of residency program

Popps Packing offers residencies for emerging, mid-career, and established visual artists interested in an immersive experience in the cities of Hamtramck and Detroit, Michigan. Residencies are usually 1 month long during our Spring-Fall (April-October) seasons. We currently accept applications on a rolling basis unless stated otherwise.

All artistic disciplines are welcome, but find that artists working in photography, painting, sculpture, architectural interventions, and installation are best suited for our residency program. In addition to the communal studios, we offer the various structures and empty lots around the Popps compound as sites for exploration. The opportunity to engage with raw space and join the conversation about emotional, artistic, and economic recovery in a post-industrial landscape is a major draw of the Popps residency program and the abundance of land, raw materials and structures around Popps give artists many opportunities to realize ambitious site specific projects that could not be accomplished in a traditional studio environment.

We currently have 3 AIR programs: Popps Studio Residency, Guest House Residency, and the Momm and Popp Residency for parent artists.

Artists are responsible for residency fees, travel, insurance, and other daily expenses.
Residency fees range from $500-$700/month and include housing, studio, workshop access, a familial environment, bikes and some project and material support.

Residency program since


Disciplines and media
  • Visual Art
  • New Media
  • Curatorial
  • Film Making
  • Architecture
  • Sculpture
  • Performing Arts
Type of organisation
  • Artist-Run

Residency conditions

Duration of residencies
  • 1 month
Number of artists resident at one time


Companions allowed
  • Children
  • Partners
Expenses paid by artist
  • Travel
  • Housing
  • Supplies
  • Food
  • Other
Expectations of the artist
  • Presentation
  • Leading Workshop or Class
  • Other
Application who/how

Digital Application

Selection procedure

By Committee

Presentation of artists' work

Arranged on a case-by-case basis

Description of residency



  • Internet Connection
  • Library
  • Kitchen
  • Woodworking Tools
Number of studios


Type and size of studios

Shared Studio

  • Private Room
  • Shared Apartment
Working language(s)
  • English
Other activities happening at the space
  • Workshops
  • Presentation
  • Exhibitions

How to reach

Nearest airport

Detroit Metro Airport (DTW)

Contact information

Popps Packing
12138 St. Aubin
48212 Hamtramck
United States of America


Phone: 3137336793

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