Register Now for Co.Open Workshops in Electronic Music, Social Media, and Mapping

Co.Open is excited to open registration for its fall digital media workshops in Electronic Music Production, How to Use Social Media to Get Business Results, and Data, Mapping and Research Justice. Co.Open is a media-making cooperative that provides design services, training, and professional development for freelancers and media makers in Detroit.

Classes start in October and will meet one day a week for four weeks at Allied Media Projects, 4126 Third St, in Detroit.

The deadline to register is October 3rd and the cost to register is $100 per four-week workshop. Limited scholarships are available. If you have questions about the Co.Open workshops, email

Electronic Music

Electronic Music Production

6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. on October 10, 17, 24, 31

This class will focus on electronic music production. In this class we will explore computer software, midi controllers, tape recorders and electronic hardware instruments. Using these tools, we will attempt to break down a wide range of methods used in electronic music production. Take this class if you are interested in understanding how different electronic musical styles are made on a theoretical and practical level. This is an intermediate level course, so some fundamental experience or knowledge is desired from participants, but not essential.

Instructor: Ben Christensen

Ben is a Detroit-based musician, producer, and co-founder of Sector 7G Recordings. He composes music for TV, Film, animations and advertisements. He has taught electronic music with Youthville Detroit, Detroit Future Schools and Detroit Future Media.

social media

How to Use Social Media to Get Business Results

6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. on October 5, 12, 19, 26

Learn the basics of social media 101 and how to use platforms like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Blogging and YouTube. Learn how emerging social media platforms are being used by people and businesses to build an audience. The focus of this course is on how to use available social media platforms to monitor conversations online, engage online communities, identify influences and establish your thought leadership.

Instructor: Tiffany Toliver

Tiffany Toliver is Detroit-based marketing professional. She brings over 10 years of experience in project management, marketing strategy, digital marketing and social media. Working with a variety of brands, Tiffany enjoys learning new ways to market and reach out to audiences. Tiffany currently leads all marketing efforts for Metro Consulting Associates, a consulting firm based in Plymouth, MI.

Research Justice

Data, Mapping, and Research Justice

Thursday 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. on October 6, 13, 20, 27

Maps and data can be used to better understand where inequality exists, to look at possible correlations between environmental risk factors, or even to visualize community responses to social issues. Working within the framework of research justice, we will be using open source tools to learn about and work with maps and data. Our goal will be to successfully understand equitable data collection, data management, and basic map visualization techniques. Do you want to use maps and data to further your social justice cause? Then this is the course for you!

Instructor: Alex B. Hill

Alex has been trained in social justice movement building and he has supported the efforts of numerous social justice organizations and causes. He is currently an Epidemiologist with the Detroit Health Department and brings 7+ years of experience in community engagement, conducting research, and mapping. Check out some of his work at DETROITography!

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