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Detroit Narrative Agency

ill weaver sitting in a dark hallway with pictures lining the walls

ill Weaver

Director
ill Weaver is a founding director of Detroit Narrative Agency. In addition to their work with DNA they are an artist and organizer who co-founded Emergence Media, Complex Movements, Detroit Future Youth, and coordinated Detroit Summer for over a decade. Their artistic work has been recognized by awards and fellowships including: Sundance Knight Fellows (2016), United States Artists (2015), Kresge Arts in Detroit (2010), and the Ellen Stone Belic Institute for Women and Gender in the Arts and Media (2009).


paige watkins

paige Watkins

Associate Director
In their role as Associate Director of Detroit Narrative Agency (DNA), paige co-leads the process of supporting DNA cohort members to develop moving-image projects and impact strategies. They coordinate program logistics and collaborate to optimize opportunities for cohort projects and grow Detroit’s narrative-shifting ecosystem. Paige’s involvement with DNA began as an Advisory Team member during the Seed Grant process in DNA’s first year, where they helped to develop the grant, facilitate community conversations, and support the review process.

paige is involved in other narrative-shifting work in Detroit as the co-creator of Black Bottom Archives (BBA). BBA is a community-driven media platform dedicated to centering and amplifying voices, experiences, and perspectives of Black Detroiters through journalism, art, and cultural organizing. The vision of BBA is to preserve local Black history & archive present realities in connection with others across the diaspora. paige manages outreach, content and development, along with coordinating BBA’s Advisory Board.

paige is completing the Master of Community Development program at University of Detroit Mercy, and is a member of Black Youth Project 100 (BYP100)’s Detroit chapter. They also sit on the Board of the James & Grace Lee Boggs Center to Nurture Community Leadership.

When they’re not out trying to change the world, paige is most likely binge-watching corny sitcoms, loving up on Black people, or traveling with their family.