Founder + President
Lauren Rossi is a musician and professional arts organizer. She started Seraphine Collective with hopes of educating, inspiring, and encouraging both current and future musicians. She works as Creative Industries Program Manager for a Detroit-based nonprofit called Creative Many, where she designs and implements programs to empower and inform the practices of artists, writers, musicians, filmmakers, performers, creators and makers. She worked as Program Coordinator for the 2015 Detroit Design Festival, as well as Education Program Coordinator for Public Programs and Student Engagement at the University of Michigan Museum of Art (UMMA) from 2011-2016. Prior to that she served for five years as a founding member of the small team that worked to build the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD) into one of the key cultural venues in Detroit and a contemporary art institution with a growing international profile. Lauren holds a BFA in Fine Arts and Art History from Eastern Michigan University. She lives in Southwest Detroit, plays bass guitar and sings in the band Casual Sweetheart, and is also co-founder of Picnic Club Detroit.
Dina Bankole is a musician, vocalist, booker, and music festival organizer based in Detroit, MI. She is the lead project manager of Seraphine Collective’s annual music and art festival BFF FEST (Best Fest Forever Fest) and has also booked for Mittenfest. Dina is the main booker for Seraphine Collective’s events and also helps to organize Seraphine’s zines and mixtapes (send her stuff here!). She plays drums and sings with Detroit based band Casual Sweetheart and also performs solo as Skinny Wrists. She has performed in various other bands such as Secret Twins and Swimsuit and has sung with Belle & Sebastian/God Help the Girl.
Alycia Socia is active on the fundraising committee, co-organizing Seraphine dances and potlucks. She works for The Kresge Foundation’s Detroit Program team focusing on arts & culture and small-scale neighborhood grantmaking. She believes that intentional small efforts can create a movement. She also loves her pug Harvey.
Aaron Gooch is a professional helper. Friend of humans and animals. Former small-town record store owner. Current Certified consumer credit counselor working with a non-profit financial wellness agency helping clients navigate bankruptcy. Cries easily listening to pop punk and watching television. Always chasing the high of a good live show. Loves everything a lot except patriarchy, white supremacy, and capitalism.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
is an attorney, an activist and a musician. As a legal aid attorney, she assists low-income Detroiters in civil legal matters and fosters community connections with a variety of nonprofits and neighborhood groups. As a Seraphine Board member, she applies her legal knowledge to help the organization function efficiently and grow. She also co-organizes Mittenfest, an annual music festival that benefits 826 Michigan, a creative writing nonprofit. In her spare time, she writes sappy love songs that are somehow upbeat for her band Best Exes
, and hosts shows in her attic.
is a longtime supporter and promoter of Seraphine Collective’s mission. She holds a Master’s of Social Work degree from the University of Michigan’s School of Social Work, a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology and a Bachelor’s of Science in Women’s and Gender Studies from Grand Valley State University. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, a registered ASIST Suicide Intervention Trainer, LEO Lecturer and Assistant Researcher for the University of Michigan’s School of Social Work, a musician, visual artist, writer, feminist, community organizer, activist, and an avid believer in the healing power of creative communication through the arts. You can catch one her musical performances almost monthly in the Detroit area. Bands include The Free Bleeders
, The Mythics, Songs from the Moon, along with various drop-in performances with other local acts.
is an artist, educator, and musician based in Detroit. She attended Michigan State and studied Arts and Humanities and Art Education. As the Education Associate at MOCAD she assists the Education and Public Program departments with events, tours, workshops and youth and adult orientated programs. In her spare time, she plays in Double Winter
, a psychedelic rock band and has an experimental music and performance project called Bigabite.
is a musician and arts organizer living in Ypsilanti. She’s been independently booking and putting on shows for the past 8 years, hosting the Local Music Show on WCBN
for 5 years, and runs a small run record and cassette label Ginkgo. She plays bass in Rebel Kind
, has a solo guitar project called Shells
, and has played in various other bands including Swimsuit and Saturday Looks Good to Me. She is excited about the possibilities of a Seraphine Collective space opening in Detroit. She also compiles monthly area show listings here.
is a writer, fundraiser, and former nomad putting down roots in Detroit. She also moonlights as BEIGE, a baby DJ in the House of Cyborg. Sophia joined the Seraphine Collective Board of Directors because she firmly believes in the power of social justice organizing through arts and culture.
is a re-entry Social worker, community organizer, writer and wanna-be musician living in Southwest Detroit. She is the chair of Seraphine’s Workshop committee & co-chair of the Fundraising committee. Rachel is a firm believer in the power of people and grassroots communities to affect social change by first connecting through music appreciation and performance. Rachel has a lifelong commitment to social justice in Detroit neighborhoods and cares deeply about human relationships and arts communities as a unit of solution.