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Alumnae Profiles: Ingrid LaFleur, C'99

Ingrid LaFleur

As a cultural producer, arts advocate and director of Maison LaFleur, Ingrid LaFleur has developed and organized art exhibitions both nationally and internationally.

Through her award-winning curatorial project AFROTOPIA, LaFleur has challenged the city of Detroit to consider contemporary arts from Africa and the Diaspora as part of Detroit's cultural identity. With over a decade of curatorial and arts administrative experience to her credit, she has worked with artists and arts organizations in New York, Atlanta, Paris, Johannesburg and a host of other cities.

LaFleur began her academic studies with a B.A. in Art History from Spelman College and went on to pursue her M.A. from New York University with a concentration in Museum Studies and Sociology. In conjunction with the Museum for African Art, Ingrid conducted graduate research on the protection of traditional African cultural property of the Sub-Sahara. To further her research, she worked for the International Council of African Museums (AFRICOM) in Nairobi, Kenya and secured a grant from UNESCO for a conference on education in African museums.

In 2012, LaFleur founded Maison LaFleur, a boutique art advisory firm. Maison LaFleur specializes in contemporary art from Africa and the diaspora. The firm provides private art education, advises on collection development and maintenance, organizes art tours nationally and internationally, and produces exhibitions and art projects.

Known for her expertise in the arts movement Afrofuturism she is quoted in Afrofuturism: The World of Black Sci-Fi and Fantasy Culture. LaFleur has presented at Centre Pompidou (Paris), Bucknell University (Lewisburg, PA), TEDxBrooklyn, TEDxDetroit, University of Bayreuth (Bayreuth, Germany), Center for Creative Studies (Detroit), Society for Film and Cinema Studies (Seattle), Creative Mornings (Detroit), and Oakland Community College (Southfield, MI). She has appeared in Essence Magazine, Styleline Magazine and on the cable network BET.

LaFleur is also a 2013 recipient of the Knights Arts Challenge grant and serves as a member of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra Board of Trustees.

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